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Project will celebrate the work of NH artists Edwin and Mary Scheier

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Portsmouth Historical Society for Edwin and Mary Scheier:
Mid-Century Modern New Hampshire Artists

The project includes an exhibition of the Scheier's celebrated and influential art from May 1 through October 2
at Discover Portsmouth, the first major retrospective of their work since 1993. More than 80 pieces from
institutional and private collections will be on display. The Historical Society is partnering with UNH, the
League of NH Craftsmen, and the Currier Museum of Art on the project.

The Scheiers were prolific artists from 1940 through 1968. Internationally renowned as prize-winning studio
potters, Ed Scheier also worked in textiles, wood and painting. During this time Mary's utilitarian ware and
Ed's sculptural vessels earned world-wide recognition. In addition to showcasing the Scheiers' work, the exhibition
will also provide context for mid-century art and craft design in New Hampshire through a related exhibit on the
NH Art Association and the League of NH Craftsmen.

The exhibition may be viewed during Discover Portsmouth's daily hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the public is invited to view the exhibition on Friday, May 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Portsmouth's Art 'Round Town open gallery walk. Curators will be on hand to discuss the Scheier's work and refreshments will be available.

On Saturday, May 9 Dr. Richard Candee will offer a gallery talk at 11 a.m. on The Art Surrounding Ed & Mary Scheier at Discover Portsmouth. In 1950 David Campbell designed a new, modern home for the Scheiers in Durham. Here they filled the walls and shelves with their own art and paintings and prints wrought by friends and colleagues. Candee will discuss that unique collection.

Events continue in June with a gallery talk by Michael Komanecky on Thursday, June 25. Komanecky is the Chief Curator of the Farnsworth Museum of Art and author of American Potters: Edwin and Mary Scheier.

On Thursday, July 23 Ken Browne will host a screening of his Humanities Council-funded documentary on the Scheiers, Four Hands, One Heart, and lead a post-film discussion. The film will also air on New Hampshire Public Television.

Other events in the project include a special tour of the Currier Museum's Zimmerman House and of the Scheier's home in Durham, both excellent examples of mid-century modern architecture and both of which house pieces by the Scheiers. Future editions of the Calendar will offer details on other planned programs.

Learn more on the Portsmouth Historical Society's website.

Art exhibition and talk explores life and death

How we and our loved ones approach aging and end-of-life decisions is a topic that impacts us all.


The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro for The Art of Last Things: Conversations and Resources for Living and Dying Well. The project begins with an exhibit of the work of
fiber artist Deidre Scherer. Scherer's thread-on-fabric images will be on display daily from Friday, May 1
through Tuesday, June 16
at the First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street in Wolfeboro.


Scherer will present a talk on her work on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.
Scherer will be joined by Elizabeth Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Andover
Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. The exhibition and Scherer's talk are free and open to all.


Deidre Scherer has dedicated her art to making visible the lives, needs, and gifts of the elderly. She uses fabric
for her paint and "draws" with scissors to tell the end-of-life story. Scherer invites viewers to see the full arc of life, highlighting the place and value of elders. In colors and rich texture, she calls us to envision a natural life;
a life lived to a normal conclusion, not cut short by violence or tragedy. Scherer brings a sense of beauty and dignity to the experience of aging and death. Scherer's work has been shown in over two hundred exhibitions worldwide including solo exhibits at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Maltwood Art Museum, Victoria, BC;
and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. In 2007, she was featured in Camilla Rockwell's documentary,
Holding Our Own, which was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and aired on Vermont Public Television.


The event also includes a series of workshops on end-of-life planning. Learn more here.


Coming in June: A Pilgrimage to Simplicity

With more than 900 lakes, New Hampshire is a state whose history is defined by the use of water for industry, commerce, transportation and recreation.

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the NH Boat Museum for a three-part lecture series,
A Pilgrimage to Simplicity: Lake Wentworth's Traditions and History
. The project will examine how
Lake Wentworth developed into a refuge for the middle class and how the lake's unique geography and
active summer community have served to maintain the lake's quiet atmosphere while balancing the public's need for access.

The project begins with a talk on Governor Wentworth's Plantation in Wolfeboro: A Window on the
Frontier of Early America
on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the museum. Archaeological excavations in
the 1980s at Governor John Wentworth's estate uncovered the layout for a grand northern plantation, an estate of more than 3,000 acres that was meant to open the interior of New Hampshire to settlement. Occupied between 1768 and 1775 by the Governor, his wife, and his workmen, the centerpiece of the plantation was Wentworth House, one of the largest mansions in colonial New Hampshire. Dr. Starbuck will discuss the archaeological finds at the site, as well as the social history of the life of New Hampshire's famed Governor prior to the American Revolution.

On Thursday, July 16 Don Kretchmer will offer a talk titled Pristine Lake Wentworth: How Good Were The Good Old Days at 7 p.m. at the museum. Kretchmer, a certified Lakes Manager and member of the Lake Wentworth Foundation, will discuss the ways both humans and nature have affected Lake Wentworth throughout history.

The series concludes on Thursday, August 20 with a talk by Maggie Stier on The Legacy of the Camps, Cottages, and Tourism on Lake Wentworth at
7 p.m. Stier will delve into the history of the lake's first summer camp owners and how their business associations, personal friendships and kinship ties served as a springboard to adjacent vacation home ownership. She will also look at how well-known lodging properties and youth summer camps introduced many others to the lake, resulting in home purchases. The talk will conclude by looking at the pressures of development versus the desire to maintain the well-preserved character of the lake and its summer camp architecture.

Learn more on the NH Boat Museum website.

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