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PSU’s Smith receives teaching award

PLYMOUTH — New England artist and educator Kathi Smith of Center Harbor has been selected by students, alumni and colleagues as the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Lecturer at Plymouth State University.

This annual award recognizes excellence in teaching by a PSU teaching lecturer. Recipients demonstrate qualities such as comprehensive knowledge of subject, ability to stimulate student thinking, understanding and interest in learning, respect and value for students as individuals, ability to create a safe classroom environment in which all may participate comfortably, passion for teaching and inspiration for students to achieve at their highest abilities inside and outside of the classroom.

Smith says, "I believe in, care about and know my students. The core of my teaching philosophy is to nurture meaningful relationships with students by listening to and guiding them with empathy and trust, and understanding that every day is an opportunity to grow. I ask that like me, they come to the classroom with open minds to listen, speak and relate to others in an honest and authentic way. I share my stories, experiences in the field, and some of my own challenges in my art practice to remind them that we are all human, and striving to do our best."

Students and colleagues alike respond enthusiastically to her art and to her teaching, describing Smith as talented, thoughtful, genuine and kind-hearted. One colleague called her the personification of excellence in her role as artist and teacher. "She is incredibly talented in studio art, but that is matched by her ability to reach students. They respond to her respectfully and enthusiastically. She sets the bar high; consequently they learn at a professional level," a former PSU colleague wrote.

"Kathi Smith is a dedicated and caring teacher evidenced by the nominations from her students and colleagues," says Julie Bernier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We are fortunate to have Kathi among our teaching lecturers and I'm so pleased that she was chosen by her colleagues as this year's recipient."

Smith's reputation and career are growing rapidly. Over the past three years she has participated in many regional and national exhibitions and four prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center, and has been a fellow and artist-in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. This summer she will participate in a seven-week artist residence in Brittany, France, sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 07:05

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Gilmanton Old Home Day to host Art Show

GILMANTON — Gilmanton Old Home Day will have its' 116th annual celebration on Saturday, August 9 at the Smith Meeting House.

One of the highlights of the day's festivities is an Art Show. Our area is fortunate to have many talented artists and this is an opportunity for them to share their works with the many attendees. The art show includes painting, mixed media, digital art, sculpture, pottery and photography. The artists can display their pieces both for sale and not for sale. Ribbons will be awarded to: Best in show, Peoples Favorite and also 1st and 2nd place in all the individual media areas. Therefore, no matter if an artist is an amateur or a professional they are invited to participate in this important show. Registration deadline for artwork is August 6. Artists do not have to live in Gilmanton to show their work, all area artists are invited.

Additional activities include the annual Bean Hole supper, Puppet Theater, visiting vendor booths and all the other activities.

For more information or to register for the Art Show contact the committee coordinator; Betty Mitchell at mitchbet@metrocast or 387-1807. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:33

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VNA Jamboree in Tuftonboro Saturday to Benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice


TUFTONBORO — A group of talented musicians will be hosting the Fourth Annual VNA Jamboree to benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice on Saturday, June 21 at 5 p.m at the Tuftonboro Corner United Methodist Church, 129 Mountain Road (Route 171), Tuftonboro.

Spearheaded by Harold Chamberlain and the New England Country Boys, the evening will feature many talented musicians, a live auction and approximately 100 attendees. In the past their efforts have resulted in over $1,000 annually in donations to support Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:26

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Design Your Own Garden Totem at Crafts Gallery

MEREDITH — Enjoy a relaxing day with the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery and artist Paula Barry on Saturday, June 28 from 11 am – 3 pm creating your own garden totem.

During this workshop participants can come anytime between 11 am and 3 pm to design their own garden totem from a variety of clay beads.

Customers interested in this workshop can choose from three sizes of garden totems and the cost depends on the size of totem chosen. Also, please bring a box and packing materials for your totems.

Small: 19" $129
Medium: 25" $179
Large: 31" $229

A deposit of $100 will be needed in order to sign up for this workshop and the remainder is to be paid the day of the workshop. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the League Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit us at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:23

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