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PSU gallery hosts exhibit of works by graphic designer

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the exhibition Charles Gibson: 20 Years of Graphic Design, November 19 through December 13 at the gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. A gallery reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. November 19, and Gibson will spend two days on campus working with students and faculty of the graphic design program of the PSU Department of Art.

The exhibition presents a selection of project panels, a mural and several individually framed posters illustrating how graphic design is used to communicate ideas. The exhibited works were created as way-finding solutions for graphic design clients in education, healthcare, business, community development, architecture, landscape architecture and the arts. The exhibition also includes highlights from Gibson's team's 1993 prize-winning submission to "The Electric Vehicle and the American Community," a national planning and design competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

Gibson suggests that students and guests consider how graphic design contributes to their culture, and the relationship of graphic design to other design specialties such as industrial design or product design, and architecture. He says, "There seems to be more and more 'blurring of boundaries' in design these days."

Gibson is looking forward to meeting with graphic design students to discuss environmental graphic design, a specialty that is multidisciplinary and very often involves considerable collaboration with others. He will also lead a conversation about what it is like to work as a professional artist with clients, adjusting design concepts to meet their needs.

Charles Gibson Design is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 1987, with expertise in environmental graphic design—sign programs and master plans, kiosk design, interpretive programs, exhibitions and architectural enhancements. In addition, Gibson has significant experience in the traditional two-dimensional disciplines of identity and print graphic design, and three-dimensional applications in product design and packaging.

Gibson holds a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has studied in Rome and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. He began his professional experience as assistant designer at the Hopkins Center Graphic Design Studio at Dartmouth College. He also earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He has worked at Architects Collaborative, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has taught at The Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College of Art, Plymouth State University and Colby-Sawyer College.

He has received the Award of Excellence from the Association of American Art Museums and the Wolf Trap Medal. Gibson is a professional member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and an affiliate member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:26

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Ray Burton received Blair Award from Plymouth State University

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University has honored one of New Hampshire's most recognized public servants with its highest award for public service.

Raymond S. Burton, a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council and a Grafton County Commissioner, has long been a symbol of public service in the state. And now, his alma mater, Plymouth State University, whose own motto is Ut Prosim ("That I May Serve"), has honored Burton with its Henry W. Blair Award for Distinguished Public Service.

The University's honor of Burton was bestowed a short time prior to his death at age 74. Burton passed away on Nov. 12 as a result of complications from kidney cancer.

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen presented the award to Burton. "Ray Burton is there for everyone, advocating for what is fair and right, tireless in his commitment," Steen said. "At his core, Ray values New Hampshire and, by his presence, he makes it a better place. He is a true native son of the Granite State, and Plymouth State University is proud to honor him."

"I was honored to receive the Henry Blair Award from President Sara Jayne Steen," Burton said. "It was humbling to know that I won such a prestigious recognition. I have always been proud to be a member of the Class of 1962 and for the last 51 years have done my best to promote this great institution."

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan called Burton "one of the most dedicated and caring public servants the state of New Hampshire has ever known."

Mike Cryans, chair of the Grafton County Commission, also shared his congratulations. "We, the Grafton County family of 90,000 residents, are thrilled for Ray, our long-time public servant, for receiving the Blair Award. Plymouth State University has awarded this honor only two other times, so we know how special this tribute is to Ray. We are so happy and proud for him."

Burton was well known for his long established practice with every newly-appointed state commissioner and department head to take them on a personally-guided tour of the North Country. He insists that every state official be familiar with the places, people, and concerns of New Hampshire citizens who live and work "north of Concord." As Executive Councilor for District I, Burton represented 102 cities and towns in seven counties comprising about 75 percent of the state's land mass. Nevertheless, his loyal constituents often boasted that if more than three people are holding a meeting in any part of the district, Ray Burton will be there.

Burton, a 1962 graduate of what was then Plymouth Teachers College, began his career as a school teacher and principal. He later became an adjunct faculty member in Plymouth State's Department of Social Sciences. After becoming a member of the Executive Council in 1977, he established an internship program for New Hampshire College students to learn more about the workings of state government. Many of Burton's former interns are now in public service.

Former state senator and long-time friend Mark Hounsell recently cited a well-known observation of Daniel Webster to describe the essence of Ray Burton, "What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality."

Burton, a Bath native, was a political institution in the Granite State, having served as the Sergeant of Arms of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the State Senate before his first election to the Executive Council in 1977.

The Henry W. Blair Award is named for a former New Hampshire representative and senator. Blair, a Plymouth-area lawyer, served as a lieutenant colonel in the Civil War before his election to Congress in 1866. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1878, Blair served on the Committee on Education and Labor where he was a strong advocate for reforms ranging from women's suffrage to improving the nation's system of public education.

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Recognition planned for retiring LRPC Executive Director

MEREDITH —  The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) invites local and elected officials, interested parties, and the public to stop by and bid farewell to Kimon Koulet in appreciation of his many years of service as LRPC's executive director on Monday, November 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m at the Chase House in downtown Meredith.

LRPC encourages all who are interested in attending to RSVP by November 18, to Marie Gelinas, 279-8171 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Community Land Trust celebrates 20 years

LACONIA — Nearly 100 members, residents, funders, and supporters of Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) recently gathered at the Belknap Mill to celebrate LACLT's 20th anniversary. State Senator Jeanie Forrester surprised founding Executive Director Linda L. Harvey with a NH Senate Resolution recognizing the Land Trust's 20 years of affordable housing development as well as Harvey's 20 years of service to LACLT.

In its 20 years, LACLT has developed 220 units of permanently affordable housing in 63 buildings in Laconia, Meredith, Tilton and Wolfeboro, co-developed 32 units in Belmont, and has 24 units now under construction in Wolfeboro. LACLT has provided housing and supportive services to more than 1,500 adults and children and is currently housing over 400 adults and children. At the same time, LACLT has provided transitional housing to 65 formerly homeless families; provided more than 2,000 people with free first-time home buyer and financial management education; created 285 first-time homeowners who purchased $42.4 million in real estate, invested $66+ million in the Lakes Region, and paid over $2 million in property taxes.

"The Land Trust is Laconia's Big Papi," commented Laconia's Mayor Mike Seymour, who served as the event's master of ceremonies. He added, "It wouldn't have happened without the passion of the staff, board and volunteers."

Outgoing Board Chair Peter Stewart welcomed new board members Rick Fogg of Alton and Geoff Ruggles of Gilford. Board member Kerri Lowe spoke of her journey as a single parent purchasing her first home with help from LACLT. Lowe also described her daughter's experience having lived in a LACLT property. "My daughter could move into a safe affordable place, and then she could plan the rest of her life," Lowe said, adding that as a board member, "I am a resident representative. I get to be a voice of the residents."

New Board Chair Ryan Barton addressed the group by video, noting that LACLT "impacts families so significantly, as it directly battles homelessness, unsafe housing, lack of family support, instability and it does so with a stewardship mentality, making the most of every resource available." Barton added, "The needs are great and I know of no better team, no more effective organization to address them, than the Laconia Area Community Land Trust."

The event was generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Hodges Companies, with additional support from NeighborWorks® America. Food and beverage sponsors were T-Bones & CJ's of Laconia and Hermit Woods Winery, and the music was provided by Peter Brunette.

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