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Meredith gallery to feature art of the Ferreira family

MEREDITH -- Three generations of the Ferreira family will exhibit their work at VynnArt Gallery on Friday, July 18,  through Sunday, July 20. There is a reception and a chance to meet the family of artists on Saturday, July 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Local photographer, John Ferreira has been actively involved in photography all his life. His principal focus is landscape and nature. The process of photography helps him to better observe and to think more creatively. He has won several awards for his work including multiple national events. John's photography is on display at VynnArt Gallery and at the Cape Cod Art Association Gallery. He is also a member of the Lakes Region Art Association.

John's father, John Ferreira Sr., will also be displaying his watercolors at the exhibit. He is a full-time professional artist from Boston. John Sr. developed an early passion for on-location plein air painting. He was the art director for Milton Bradley game company. He also designed book covers for Houghton Mifflin, D.C., Heath and Allyn & Bacon publishers. He now volunteers his time giving art lessons to senior citizens at an active independent community where he presently resides.

John's sister, Christina Ferreira, will join the family exhibit with her paintings. She is a deaf individual who teaches art to Pre-K through high school students at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Conn. Christine's paintings are organic and energetic with free-flowing shapes and lines. She explores both realism and abstraction to create intriguing compositions. She is influenced by Jackson Pollock, Gustav Klimt and Jan Vermeer. Her work has been featured at the River Gallery in Independence, Ore., and multiple gallery exhibitions. Christine was also featured in the literary journal Northwest Passage.

Stephan Ferreira, John's nephew, is a painter, photographer and paper collage artist. In 2010, Stephan began to experimant with paper collage as a means to compose paintings. Source material is pulled from photo books 20 to 50 years old which he finds in thrift stores or used book stores. He uses the photographs for pieces of color, patterns or shapes the same way one might mix a color. Stephan has exhibited his work in the Boston and Portland areas. He is a member of various art organizations, including Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Currently he is a member of the Rental Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum.

VynnArt Gallery is located on 30 Main St. in Meredith, just above Mill Falls Market Place. For further information call 279-0557 or go to www.VynnArt.com.


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Jennifer Doris of LRCS Autism Center selected by CDC as Act Early State Ambassador for NH

LACONIA — Jen Doris, Early Childhood Manager at LRCS, has been selected to serve as an Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) "Learn the Signs Act Early" program because of her commitment to improving the lives of children and families and increasing access to services for children with developmental disabilities. Jen will play an important role in educating New Hampshire's parents, healthcare professionals, and early educators about early childhood development, warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities, and the importance of acting early on concerns about a child's development.

The Act Early Ambassadors project is designed to develop a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability. It is a collaborative project of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Developmental disabilities are common in the United States.

As the Lakes Region Community Services' Early Childhood Manager, Jen oversees the Family Resource Center's Autism Center. "One of the best parts about being involved with the Autism Center for families is not only the support they receive from staff, but the opportunity they have to connect with other families who have similar needs and experiences."

In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives and works with each family to meet its specific needs. "Developmental screening is imperative to assisting all children to grow and develop as close to their expected milestones as possible," said Doris. "Parents who wish to have their child screened should visit www.watchmegrow.org for more information. Forty-four percent of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were three years old."

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Clark Museum Presents an Evening Play, 'My Two Students'

WOLFEBORO — Spend an evening at the Clark House on July 24 at 7:30 pm and enjoy a new play about one of the most interesting true stories of colonial America and our own New Hampshire heroes.

In this play, Benjamin Thompson (aka Count Rumford), one of New Hampshire's most notable Tories during the American Revolution and a world renowned scientist will relate his life story. "My 2 Students" is the story of how Benjamin Thompson and his friend, Colonel Baldwin, lived across the street from one another, went to school together and grew up as best friends, then had to face each other during the American Revolution.

Hear the story of how, despite the odds against them, they somehow continued their friendship until their deaths. Count Rumford lived his life in Europe as a scientist while Colonel Baldwin was an engineer in America You will also meet the character of Schoolmaster John Fowle, the men's teacher, who will introduce the two characters.

Mike Welch of Wolfeboro, is a tour guide at the museum, a classroom presenter, re-enactor, and an active member of the Village Players. He will play all 3 characters in this presentation.
$8 Non-members, $5 Members, $4 Seniors, $2 Students over 12. Call 569-4997 or 569-5709 for more information

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Frates Studio Offering Summer Arts Program for 40th Year

LACONIA — It's July and that means that the Frates Creative Arts Center in Laconia will be opening its' art studio doors to children, teens, and adults for the 40th season of Summer Arts in the Lakes Region. This year the studio classes will be presented July 21-25. A second session is set for August 4-8.

All classes are grouped by ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-10, and 11-14 and include studio time in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. During each one-hour class individuals are presented with technique demonstrations, a real art studio experience, individualized instruction, and all materials needed for in class activities.

Each class offers specific studio projects as well as individual centered opportunities. The group is introduced to a specific material through a demonstration by the artist/instructor. The individual then has the choice of subject in which to apply the technique. Two days are focused on an art area , drawing/painting with one day focused on printmaking.

An exhibition of the student work is planned for the month of August in the Gallery Space located at 27 Canal Street. This provides each participant with an opportunity to show off their talents to family and friends. They help to plan, send out invitations, setup the exhibit, and provide first hand information to the visitors to the Opening Reception.

This year classes are limited to 6 students per class to insure quality time. " We have always tried to provide quality instruction, materials, and a family centered experience here at FCAC," added art instructor, Larry Frates. " This year is no different."

In addition to these classes Wednesday is Adult Studio Day. Presently the 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm classes are full, but, new classes are being setup for 9:30 am and 4 pm for older Teens and Adults. These classes are presented once a week during July and August.

For more information visit the website: www.fratescreates.com or call 528-7651. Registration is necessary and will be set up on a first come first serve basis.

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