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‘Beehive Collective’ exhibit at PSU features work of many student artists

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University presents "The Beehive Collective," a collection of final and process art work, along with large banner pieces from the Collective's Mesoamérica Resiste project, November 10 through December 13 in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at PSU. A gallery opening will be held from 4–6 p.m. Monday, November 10.

The exhibition reveals what it is like to work in an artist collective, a model that is becoming widespread in the art world. Many collectives protect their members' names, providing anonymity due to the nature of the issues and content of their work. Some artist collectives deal with issues that are political and controversial, while others challenge the boundaries of "what is art." Still other collectives are more concerned with establishing a community of artists, sharing the authorship.

A significant portion of The Beehive Collective exhibition is showing the process of making art, and in this case the central process is drawing. The artist members of the Collective, "the worker bees," take the traditional drawing medium into a contemporary framework to use the images to convey important messages and ideas. All posters, banners, drawings, etc. are created by the group with anywhere from two to dozens of artist's ideas and personal drawings incorporated into the finished pieces.

Mesoamérica Resiste was nine years in the making. The large-format printed graphic tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience from Mexico to Columbia while also celebrating cultural and ecological diversity. This project has at its core the values of resilience, resistance and solidarity in relation to these communities.

Students in the PSU museum studies class Objects and Collections, led by Professor of Art History Jayme Yahr, curated the exhibition, arranging the works for display. Yahr says that for her the project is about student engagement and hands-on work. It is also about making a collection of objects speak to the process of the Beehive and to the process of the viewer. She tasked the students to "get close to the work, spend time with it, and create a map of what ideas you notice and how they connect to each other."

Students participating in the curatorial project are Stefanie DeSimone, a senior art education major from Orford; Michael Desroches, a senior history major from Stratham; Taylor Falcone, a junior early childhood studies major from New Fairfield, Conn.; Jeffrey Reynolds, a senior business administration major from Nashua; Marjorie Salvatore, a senior theatre arts major from New London and Rebecca White, a senior history major from Nashua.

Special gallery events connected to the exhibition include: A popup exhibit in the Shoebox Gallery inside the Drerup Gallery throughout the exhibition includes postcards created by elementary, high school and university students and members of the community with a drawing, painting, collage, photo or mixed media composition on them in response to the words "bee," "community" and "resilience," says Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson, "The diversity of media, interpretations and creative thinking displayed in the wide array of postcard responses speak directly to the Collective's universal values and the essential narratives of their graphic works."

General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http: thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:41

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Laconia School District awarded two ‘Now is the Time’ federal grants

LACONIA — The Laconia School District is excited to announce that it has been awarded two separate competitive federal grant awards as of October 1, 2014 that will provide enhanced support for multiple district initiatives over the next five years. Both grant awards are part of President Obama and Vice President Biden's "Now is the Time" plan to reduce gun violence, increase access to mental health services, and to make schools safer.

Laconia's Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grant has been awarded from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the amount of $99,995 over the next two years to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings across the Laconia middle and high schools and all community partners who work with or serve our youth aged 12-18. Laconia, the only district in the state to receive this direct funding, is one of one hundred school districts across the country who have been awarded this funding.

The YMHFA training will support our teachers, school staff and community partners in recognizing and responding to mental health issues among our youth, creating safe and secure schools and promoting the mental health of students in our community. Laconia plans to train 500 individuals, including all middle and high school faculty and staff, over the next two years in YMHFA.

Laconia's School Climate Transformation Grant has been awarded from the US Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the amount of $1,001,053 for the provision of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS).

This is a five-year grant that aligns with the efforts of Laconia's current Safe Schools/Healthy Student Program and will allow the district to build district capacity to provide, improve and expand the multi-tiered systems of SWPBIS across all five of our schools. Laconia, the only district in the state to receive this direct funding, is one of 71 school districts in 23 states to receive this funding.

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Children’s author is artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

GILMANTON — Author and illustrator Marty Kelley, whose humorous children's books, include "The Messiest Desk" and "Winter Woes," is the 2014 Artist in Residence at Gilmanton School.

As part of the Artist in Residence program, Kelley will be working with Gilmanton School students in all grades from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21. He will be working with the seventh graders as the core group. Kelley will be teaching students how to enhance their writing skills using illustrations.

The culminating of the Kelley's work with the students will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. At that time Kelley will read from his newest book "Albert's Almost Amazing Adventure!" Student work from his sessions will also be on display.

The Artist in Residence program at Gilmanton School is made possible by support from the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gilmanton School District, and the Gilmanton P.T.A.

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Huot Technical students help winterize Weirs parks

LACONIA — Students from the Huot Technical Center, Plumbing and Heating Program, recently partnered with the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department to winterize Endicott Rock Park.

The second year Plumbing and Heating students are competent in the skills needed to close down the public parks and with the guidance of their teacher Mike Schofield, they confidently shut off the water supplies to all the public parks, beaches and ball fields in the Laconia area.

The Huot Plumbing and Heating program is a two-year program for students from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Interlakes, Laconia and Winnisquam. Students will learn a variety of skills to include residential and community plumbing and heating systems, understand the basic principles of HVAC and oil burner systems. They will also earn an OSHA-10 card, which is very important in the construction industry. The Plumbing and Heating students have many opportunities to a secure future, as 80% of the 2014 graduates successfully obtained employment and several of them are enrolled in an apprenticeship program.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:24

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