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PSU's Drerup Gallery hosting 'Meaning, Metaphot and Myth' exhibit

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present Meaning, Metaphor and Myth by Hans Guggenheim, April 28–May 16 in the Drerup Gallery's "Shoebox Gallery." The opening reception will be held from 4­­–6 p.m. on Monday, April 28 and will include a presentation on klecksography by the artist.

Klexography explores the art of making images from inkblots. This intriguing form of art making involves both the artist and the viewer. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors and student groups to study and respond to the images, drawing on philosophical, psychological and cultural influences. Guggenheim will share a series of klecksographs he has created and invite viewers to find characters, shapes and meaning within the artworks.

Experiencing a work of art first-hand and understanding the cultural and historical context in which it was created can increase one's appreciation of art, and this is the thinking behind a multifaceted gift to PSU from the world-renowned anthropologist, artist, and humanitarian. The gift is allowing PSU students to experience works of art from Guggenheim's private collection on campus, learn more about the artwork by attending lectures by Guggenheim, and delve into the context of the artwork in class.

Guggenheim has been a professor of anthropology at MIT and a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for International Affairs. He studied art history in New York and traveled the world for Life magazine as an artist and reporter. A staunch advocate for arts and education, he founded Projectguggenheim in 1997, providing art programming for young people and students in remote regions around the world.

Meaning, Metaphor, and Myth is the fourth and final presentation in the series by Professor Guggenheim that included War in Art: Connections and Synchronicity, The Pale Fox Yapilou, and Sketches are Contagious/From Egypt with Love.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment during the academic year.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:25

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'Early bird' registration available for Prescott Farm summer camp

LACONIA — The deadline for early bird registration rates for the Prescott Farm WildQuest Summer Camp is Wednesday, April 30.

WildQuest Summer Camp is offered nine weeks out of the summer, starting June 23 and is for children ages 4-15. Camp always includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors.

The camp's goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, children's own special places as well. The camp strives to enhance children's ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere.

There are several options in terms of age groups so that each child receives an age-appropriate experience.

This summer WildQuest will offer Pre-K Pioneers (Ages 4-5), Explorers (Ages 5-7), Questers (Ages 6-12) and Teen Trekkers (Ages 12-15). Depending on the group some attend camp half day, partial day or full day. Each camp week is also a different theme. Some of this year's camp themes include Garden to Table, Life on the Farm, Let's Go Camping, Survivor, and Nature's Builders.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools.

To register for WildQuest Summer Camp visit the Prescott Farm website at www.prescottfarm.org. Or call with questions at (603) 366-5695.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:22

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Laconia Christian Spring Carnival held May 10th

LACONIA — Laconia Christian Academy is hosting a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. 

Laconia Christian Academy is a non-denominational Pre-K through grade 12 school committed to providing a stimulating educational experience in a nurturing environment that fosters a passion for God’s truth. This event will help raise funds for LCA’s Tuition Grant program.

For more information call (603) 524-3250 or visit www.laconiachristian.org

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Laconia Airport's Operations are Earth-Friendly

GILFORD — Earth Day is celebrated in numerous ways throughout the nation, and at Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, “going green” is a just normal part of conducting daily business. If anyone thinks that the airport that lies in the heart of the Lakes Region isn’t constantly working toward making sure its operations are earth-friendly, they are in for a pleasant surprise.

The airport’s green initiatives begin with Laconia Airport Manager Diane Terrill, who explained, “We believe that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and here at the airport we take that responsibility very seriously.”

“We’ve created and are constantly reevaluating our operating policies and every infrastructure and drainage improvement is designed with the philosophy of balancing the need for public safety with minimizing environmental impacts,” she added.

Over 140 acres of the airport property are part of a conservation easement that ensures the open space will remain in a preserved state. As part of that continued preservation, the removal of trees occurs only when it is absolutely necessary for the safe operation of aircraft within the airport environment. Additionally, airport personnel actively participate in a strict recycling program; however, the airport’s green initiatives go far beyond preservation and recycling.    

Student pilots are quickly made aware of environmental guidelines at the airport, starting with their first flight lesson. As part of the preflight inspection that student and licensed pilots perform prior to a flight, a sample of fuel is taken from the tanks of an aircraft, which allows the pilot to see if any water is mixed in with the fuel. In days gone by, after the samples had been checked, they were simply thrown onto the ground. Today, the airport has special containers in which pilots can deposit those samples. The fuel is then dealt with appropriately.

All fueling of aircraft when on airport property is performed only in locations protected by oil/water separators. If an airplane is washed, any of those fluids are captured and are then processed accordingly. Winter presents its own challenges for the airport, but no urea, salt, sand or de-icing chemicals are ever used on aircraft operating surfaces. This often creates more intense work for the crews that clear snow at the airport, especially when surfaces become icy. However, unnecessary impervious surfaces have been removed during infrastructure improvements without compromising safety and operational efficiency.

Terrill watches these initiatives closely, but the airport property is closely monitored for any pollution. Fourteen water test sites are located on airport property, and quarterly sampling and annual inspections are conducted by a team of consultants as part of the airport’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, commonly known as SWPPP. The plan, created in 2000, identifies potential sources of stormwater pollution, and if any are found, a plan is created to eliminate the problem. To date, no stormwater pollution has been identified at the airport.

Terrill is fully aware of the airport’s commitment to preserving the environment. “We live and work and raise our families in this community, and we’re committed to being good neighbors in addition to supporting the economic, social, and public safety fabric of our region, ” she explained.

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