'Experiment and Explore' Arts in Early Learning Conference

PLYMOUTH — Using the arts to teach young children the foundations for science and math is the subject of a creative, hands-on and fun Arts in Early Learning conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Plymouth Elementary School.

The Arts in Early Learning conference, presented annually by VSA NH and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, is designed for early childhood educators (pre K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre-school and child care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents.

Lead presenter Deborah Stuart of VSA NH says, "During this year's conference, we'll use all art forms — music, dance, theater and the visual arts — and a rich array of the best children's books, including non-fiction for the very young. The activities we'll share not only encourage young scientists and mathematicians, but they show how arts integration strategies also build language and expression in learners of all ages and abilities."

Particular attention will be given to meeting the needs of children with developmental and learning differences.

Deborah Stuart, who was the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts, is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She will be joined by Will Cabell, a professional puppeteer, actor, musician and educator, by dancer and movement educator Kelly Doremus Stuart and by theater artist Richard Moses.

Registration is $35 for the first registrant from a school, library, or center; reduced rates are offered for each additional registrant from the same site as well as for Arts Alliance members and for students. Scholarships are available on request. Professional development credits are offered; the workshop has been approved for credits by the Child Care Licensing Bureau.

Preregistration for the conference is required; register online at www.aannh.org. For additional information, contact the Arts Alliance at 323-7302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Morning snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a lunch.


Rebecca Rule in Meredith on Sunday

MEREDITH — Rebecca Rule author of Live Free and Eat Pie: a storyteller's guide to New Hampshire will be appearing at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Best known for her live presentations of humorous New Hampshire stories, Rule has entertained audiences throughout New Hampshire, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable New Hampshire muses. This event is free and is paid for through a grant by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Nineteen libraries in the Lakes Region participated in the Lakes Region Reads in October which involved everyone in the region reading and discussing the same book. The New Hampshire Humanities Council has designated this year's Lakes Region Reads as one of its 40th anniversary signature grant-funded projects.

Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Wed. at Meredith Community Center

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 at the Meredith Community Center, located at One Circle Drive, Meredith.

At this meeting TAC members will hear presentations by community representatives from Ashland, Bristol, Laconia, and Wolfeboro about proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Each of the proposals is competing for a portion of funding made available statewide through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAC will evaluate six proposals from four Lakes Region communities and provide input to the NH Department of Transportation about regional priority projects.

The LRPC Transportation TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide their input. For additional information about this meeting contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

PSU visiting artist wants audience members to feel what he is feeling

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Art at Plymouth State University will host two exhibitions by visiting artist Kent Anderson Butler in October and November.

Butler will present a video work, The Raft is Not the Shore, in the Shoebox Gallery in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery through November 6. Drerup Gallery is in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. An artist's talk is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. November 4 in Draper and Maynard Room 314.

Butler will also present a student-curated exhibition of photographs in the Collins Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building from November 20–30.

Tyler Stallings wrote in "Artbound" for KCET television, Los Angeles, that Butler's video works from 2002 to 2012 "embody a profound commitment to art and its intentionally ambiguous delivery as a valid path for insightful discoveries about the human condition." Butler commented in the same interview, "I do enjoy allowing the work to create uneasiness or tension. I find it extremely humorous in some cases, but when I do that I'm also trying to allow the viewer to feel something that I'm feeling."

Butler graduated from California State University Fullerton in 1998 with a master's degree in fine arts. As a graduate student, he made live performance work predominantly, and then slowly moved into video. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. The Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona presented a diverse exhibition in 2012 that featured ten years of work by Butler. The exhibition, Embodied, was a selection of video works, still documentation and photography the artist used to explore his own body through mental and spiritual phenomena such as pain, pleasure, struggle, redemption and restoration.

Butler is professor of art at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches all levels of photography courses and new genre art forms in the undergraduate program and graduate course in the MFA program.