Arts Tour This Weekend!

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November 16, 2016 | Posted in Announcements | By

The time has come – this weekend is the 6th Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour.

Explore the work of 14 of the Seacoast’s most talented artists during the original Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. The Tour takes place every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year falls on November 18-20.

Artists on this free, self-guided tour continue to open their studios without an admission charge. Visit home studios to see new work, watch demonstrations and get a jump on your holiday shopping.

New to the Tour this year is oil painter Cheri Dennett. Cheri is a contemporary realist whose work spans a variety of subjects. Find Cheri’s home studio in Studio 5 on Lincoln Avenue.

The Tour is a great way to spend a few hours, the day, or the weekend exploring and supporting the work of these local artists who are sharing home studios with the community.

Artists reveal their work on Friday, November 18 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 19 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 20 from 10am-5pm.

Download a Tour map or follow the route on google maps. Signs will be posted at each studio with numbers and balloons to help navigate the driving loop.

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2016 Brochure and Tour Map Available

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July 26, 2016 | Posted in Announcements | By

It’s another year filled with incredible local art – the sixteenth annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour! We are already gearing up for our November open studio weekend, which includes the creation of a new brochure and Tour map. Jump to the Map webpage to download all the 2016 information.

For those of you attending the League of NH Craftsmen Sunapee Fair, stop by Dyanna Smith’s booth #501, or visit Maureen Mills and Steve Zoldak in Demo Tent F to pick up a brochure in person.

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2015 Tour weekend of November 20-22

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November 10, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Press | By

Explore the work of 15 of the Seacoast’s most talented artists during the original Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. The Tour takes place on the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20–22.

The artists on this free, self-guided tour continue to open their studios without an admission charge – now for the fifteenth year. Visit home studios to see new work, watch demonstrations and get a jump on your holiday shopping.

New to the Tour this year is furniture maker Thomas Hand. With grace and precision, he works with Chippendale, Queen Anne & Federal Furniture styles, specializing in Portsmouth reproductions. Tom joins glass artist Dyanna Smith in Studio 2 on Peverly Hill Road.

The Tour is a great way to spend a few hours, the day, or the weekend exploring and supporting the work of these local artists who are sharing home studios with the community. Artists reveal their work during the Opening Night celebration with refreshments on Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Tour map

Signs will be posted at each studio with numbers and balloons to help navigate the driving loop.

Full Studio List:

Studio 1: 911 Greenland Road

Artists: Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak (handthrown stoneware and porcelain),

Karen Orsillo (porcelain pottery and jewelry), Stacey Durand (paintings and prints), and Neil Troost (fine art photography)

Studio 2: 78 Peverly Hill Road

Artists: Dyanna Smith (glass jewelry, beads and sculpture), Thomas Hand (period and reproduction furniture)

Studio 3: 589 Middle Road

Artist: Emma Ashby (encaustic paintings)

Studio 4: 31 Boss Avenue

Artist: Bruce Iverson (traditional and contemporary Asian brush painting)

Studio 5: 351 Union Street

Artists: Diane Stradling (felted, embellished garments and wall hangings)

Studio 6: 178 Highland Street

Artist: Tess Feltes (wildlife art)

Studio 7: 220 South Street

Artists: Kristina Logan (lampwork, glass beads and jewelry), Reg Logan (ceramic and insect jewelry)

Studio 8: 66 Rock Street

Artists: Peter Happny (blacksmithing), Lisa Grey (textile collage and printmaking)

Full brochure

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2015 Tour Brochure Posted

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September 3, 2015 | Posted in Announcements | By

Take a look at this year’s brochure for the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour on our Brochure page – it includes the Tour map and information on all of the artists. The Tour takes place this year on the weekend of November 20-22. Hope to see you there!

 

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2014 Tour Now Brochure Available

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August 14, 2014 | Posted in Announcements | By

The new tour brochure is online, with an updated map for 2014. This is the 14th year of the Tour, and we have three new artists joining us. Explore the updated website to learn more about this year’s Tour. Visit the Brochure page to download the new brochure and map for November 21-23, 2014.

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Lucky Thirteen

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November 8, 2013 | Posted in Announcements, Press | By

Lucky Thirteen: Thirteen artists present the 13th Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour November 22-24, including two new artists

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Books created from nautilus shells, ornamental “spirit houses”, and brilliantly colored felted scarves join the impressive variety of locally crafted artwork that makes up the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, seacoast artists open the doors to their private studios and invite the public in for three days of socializing and early holiday shopping. November 22, 23 and 24 marks our thirtheenth year, featuring thirteen artists – two who are new to the event this year.

Adele Sanborn joins the artists in Studio 1, bringing with her a collection of handmade paper, books and works of calligraphy. Sanborn describes herself as a mixed media artist, even though she’s been a photographer and calligrapher sine the 1970’s. She lets chosen quotes inspire and guide her designs on paper, each one unique to itself. Her work is not content to simply stand on paper alone – it sandwiches itself between nautilus halves, inside tiny ornate houses, and on magic wands.

“I like to transform the written dimension into lettering art and then accent the verse with watercolors, my own photos, or natural found objects” Sanborn explains. “I continually experiment with the latest technology in combination with the broad point pen, a traditional calligraphy tool.”

Diane Stradling also joins the Tour, adding Studio 8 to the end of the map on Union Street. A long-time Portsmouth resident, Stradling creates colorful scarves, jewelry and embellished wool garments using felting techniques. “I am delighted to be included in the Tour this year, and to be joining a group of our community’s most established and creative artists,” says Stradling. “The weekend promises to showcase new and exciting work and we are all fortunate to live in a town where art is appreciated and supported.”

Artists reveal their work during the Opening Night celebration with refreshments on Friday, November 22 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 23 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 24 from 10am-5pm. Tour maps can be downloaded from the website at www.portsmouthartstour.com. Signs will be posted at each studio with numbers and balloons to help navigate the driving loop.

This is a free, self-guided tour along a three-mile driving loop in Portsmouth. Artists at each studio will feature their new work along with the designs they’ve become known for. Work is for sale, and many studios will have ongoing demonstrations throughout the weekend, including glass bead working, book-making, and blacksmithing.

Full Studio List:

Studio 1: 911 Greenland Road
Artists: Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak (handthrown stoneware and porcelain),
Karen Orsillo (porcelain pottery and jewelry), Adele Sanborn (calligraphy, books and paper art)

Studio 2: 78 Peverly Hill Road
Artist: Dyanna Smith (glass jewelry, beads and sculpture)

Studio 3: 782 Middle Road
Artist: Neil Troost (fine art photography)

Studio 4: 31 Boss Avenue
Artist: Bruce Iverson (traditional and contemporary Asian brush painting)

Studio 5: 178 Highland Street
Artist: Tess Feltes (wildlife art)

Studio 6: 220 South Street
Artists: Kristina Logan (lampwork, glass beads and jewelry), Reg Logan (ceramic and insect jewelry)

Studio 7: 66 Rock Street
Artists: Peter Happny (blacksmithing), Lisa Grey (textile collage and printmaking)

Studio 8: 351 Union Street
Artists: Diane Stradling (felted and embellished garments)

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Local Artists to Host Third Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour (2003 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

Popular “Open House-Open Studio” Event Features 16 Artists at 6 Locations Over 3 Days

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Over 500 art lovers from across New England are expected to visit the New Hampshire Seacoast this weekend to attend the Third Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour.  The popular three-day event will feature 16 artists and craftspeople displaying their wares at 6 locations in Portsmouth.

The free, self-guided tour begins Friday, November 21 (4-8pm), continues through Saturday (10am-5pm), and closes on Sunday (10am-5pm).  The tour features work in a wide variety of media, including pottery, photography, painting, jewelry, collage, woodworking, and textiles.  Visitors can meet the artists, discuss their work, see their tools and techniques, and handpick pieces for sale.  In addition, attendees who visit all six studios can enter a raffle to win an artwork donated by the artists.

Exhibiting artists are Maureen Mills & Steven Zoldak, hand-thrown stoneware; Victoria Elbroch, etchings and monotypes; Karen Orsillo, colored porcelain pots and jewelry; Betty Wholey, jewelry; Bill Woods, wooden toys; Shawn Pelech, painting and printmaking; Neil Troost, photography and Giclee prints; Mike Norberg, nautical oil paintings  & pen-and-ink drawings; Tess Feltes, nature drawing and painting; Lisa Grey & Peter Happny, textile and paper collage & blacksmithing; John May, lathe-turned wood; Hope Murphy, fused-glass earrings; Patti Mitchem, handwoven items; Katherine Baucke, multimedia paintings.

About The Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour

Founded in 2000 by Neil Troost, Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour is an annual event that brings art-lovers into artists’ homes and studios.  The tour is self-supported by the artists with help from local business sponsors.  Ocean National Bank, which has won national recognition for its support of the arts, is the lead corporate sponsor.  Sponsoring businesses also include The Sheraton Harborside, “Accent on Home & Garden” magazine, The Flower Kiosk, The Genip Tree, D. Scott Campbell & Associates Public Relations, Piscataqua Savings Bank, The Portsmouth Brewery, Ceres Bakery, Moe’s Italian Sandwiches, Lollipop Tree, and Kennedy Studios Gallery & Framing.  For more information about the tour and the artists involved in the event, please visit: www.portsmouthartstour.com.

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Seven Studios and Eleven Local Artists Present the 12th Annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour, November 16-18 (2012 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

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It’s been a creative year for our local artists – join them for the 12th year of the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour and find out what they’ve been up to.

Eleven artists welcome the public into their art studios on the weekend before Thanksgiving for socializing and holiday shopping. This is the original arts tour of the seacoast, and it remains a free tour – no entrance fee or tickets to punch! Follow the self-guided tour along a three-mile loop in town and stop to see what’s new. Artists at each studio will feature their new work along with the designs they’ve become known for. Work is for sale, and many studios will have ongoing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Artists reveal their new work during the Opening Night celebration with refreshments on  Friday, November 16 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 17 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 18 from 10am-5pm. Tour maps can be downloaded from the website at www.portsmouthartstour.com. Signs marking each studio with numbers and balloons will be posted to help navigate the driving loop.

Studio 1: 911 Greenland Road

Artists:

Maureen Mills, recipient of a 2012 Fellowship award from the NH State Council on the Arts to work on large scale ceramic forms that include text and graphics. Her new work is also influenced by her travels to Tokyo, Japan for a Ceramics Symposium.

Steven Zoldak is working on a new line of traditional redware pottery.

Karen Orsillo‘s colored Porcelain pots and jewelry are based on a Japanese technique called neriage or nerikomi. This year she traveled to Japan to visit the source of her inspiration.

Studio 2: 78 Peverly Hill Road

Artist:

Dyanna Smith‘s glass beads, jewelry and sculpture is influenced this year by natural themes as she explores filmmaking and local farms as part of her dissertation research in environmental studies.

Studio 3: 782 Middle Road

Artist:

Neil Troost‘s Fine Art Photography has expanded his product line over the past year and is now printing and stretching his own canvas gallery wraps which look spectacular in a wide variety of sizes. He is putting the finishing touches on a new website featuring over 400 images aimed towards a national online audience.

Studio 4: 31 Boss Avenue

Artist:

Bruce Iverson shows his traditional and contemporary Asian brush painting.

Studio 5: 178 Highland Street

Artist:

Tess Feltes is showing oil landscape paintings and will be demonstrating a bird painting in the studio, in addition to her wildlife art.

Studio 6: 220 South Street

Artists:

Kristina Logan was the Master Presenter and Master Teacher for the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s Conference in Seattle WA this year. She is currently in exhibition at the RAM (Racine Art Museum) in Racine WI showcasing glass used in jewelry. Last year, the Corning Museum of Glass acquisitioned one of Kristina’s Constellation Necklaces for their permanent collection.

Reg Logan will show her ceramic and insect jewelry.

Studio 7: 66 Rock Street

Artists:

Peter Happny recently demonstrated for a blacksmithing group in Bergen, Norway. He will be displaying a group of new fun, small sculptures and doing short demos for kids and the general public during tour hours.

Lisa Grey is working on a series of new scarves and photographs drawing inspiration from her travels to Thailand, Nepal and Tibet. In addition she will exhibit new fabrics and papers naturally dyed with leaves and flowers.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com for details, studio locations and tour map. For more information please call 603-436-3818, or any of the participating artists.

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Eight Artists’ Studios Open this Weekend for Eleventh annual Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour (2011 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

published 11/14/11

Spend a delightful hour or two this weekend discovering eight different artists’ studios along a 3 mile loop in Portsmouth. Fourteen local artists will be featuring their finest work for sale during this free, self guided tour. Artists will be present in person to greet visitors and discuss their craft – some will even demo their work during the weekend.

Studios are open Friday, November 18 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 19 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 20 from 10am-5pm. Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons as you follow the map to each home studio.

Participating artists are:

Studio 1: Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, showing handthrown stoneware and porcelain; Victoria Elbroch, etchings and monotypes; Karen Orsillo, colored porcelain pots and jewelry.

Studio 2: Dyanna Smith, fused and lampworked glass jewelry and sculpture.

Studio 3: Neil Troost Fine Art Photography; Julie Schmidt, metal jewelry.

Studio 4: Bruce Iverson, traditional and contemporary Chinese brush painting.

Studio 5: Tess Feltes, wildlife artist.

Studio 6: Tim Gaudreau, photography and eco-art.

Studio 7: Kristina Logan, lampwork, glass beads and jewelry; Reg Logan, ceramics and insect jewelry.

Studio 8: Peter Happny, blacksmithing; and Lisa Grey, textile collage and printmaking.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com for details, studio locations and tour map. For more information please call 603-436-3818, or any of the participating artists.

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Portsmouth Wildlife Artist Announces Singing Crickets book as part of Holiday Arts Tour this weekend (2009 archive)

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October 1, 2013 | Posted in Press | By

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Visit with natural science and children’s book illustrator Tess Feltes during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour this weekend, where she will have signed copies of her latest book, “Singing Crickets” (2009, Millbrook Press) featured in her open studio.

A simple, fact-filled picture book, Singing Crickets follows the life cycle of crickets, as a mama cricket lays her eggs in the late fall, the babies hatch in the spring, and they grow throughout the summer to sing during the warm summer nights.

Having many botanical and entomology books and journals to her credit, Feltes was delighted to have the opportunity to combine accuracy with a more colorful and whimsical approach. She will be joined by fourteen other artists at eight locations along a self-guided studio trail this weekend during the Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. Along with featuring her original drawings, paintings and prints, Feltes will be on hand to explain the creative process of taking sketches and scribbles to finished illustrations.

Watch for tour signs with numbers and balloons to guide you as you follow the map to each home studio. All of the artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions you may have. The tour is free and open to the public. Work will be for sale and custom orders are welcomed.

Studios are open Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm, Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Visit www.portsmouthartstour.com to download a brochure and tour map.

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