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.

International Film Series continues with ‘Billu’ Mon.

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library offers Billu on Monday, November 3 at 6:15 pm. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly from September through June at the Laconia Public Library.
Billu, a poor barber, lives with his wife and their two children in a small village in India. Struggling, Billu lives an uneventful life until Bollywood superstar Sahir Khan is advertised as coming to his village for a film shoot. Billu has mentioned to his family that he knows Sahir from the past but has never elaborated how he knows him. When his children talk about their father's friendship with the star, word spreads throughout the village. Virtually overnight, Billu, who had previously been scorned by most due to his lowly state, becomes the center of attention. People who had spurned him only the week before now call him a close friend so that he will introduce them to Sahir. Billu refuses and downplays the friendship.
His situation changes again when Sahir arrives in the village and Billu consistently fails to introduce the people to Sahir. He is accused of lying about his friendship and everyone begins to doubt his character and integrity and scorn him. Rather than defend himself, Billu remains quiet about the nature of his and Sahir's friendship. Sahir's filming lasts about a week. The question becomes, What could the secret possibly be?
Sahir is played by the most famous current Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukk Khan, in this 2009 film. In this movie he is actually playing his own current life role in India. The Indian film industry is known for its Bollywood movies that always include much pop song and dance—a take-off on the Hollywood industry. The Indian film industry has expanded internationally over the years to rival western film.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LRGHealthcare providers recognized for care of patients with diabetes

LACONIA — The NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) has recognized 17 more providers from LRGHealthcare for providing exceptional care to their patients with diabetes.

The NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) was formed to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of high quality care. It's a voluntary program that's designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence based measures to provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. A provider's participation in the program shows how much they value providing quality healthcare and following the latest clinical protocols to ensure their patients receive the best care at the right time. While LRGHealthcare now has a total of 35 recognized providers, several others are also participating and working on achieving their recognition.

The DRP program has 11 measures on which they score the providers. Measures include, but are not limited to Hgb A1C control, blood pressure control, LDL control, eye exams, foot exams, smoking and tobacco use, and kidney disease. If a provider attains the necessary score, they are then recognized by the DRP program for their skill in providing the highest level of diabetes care.

Dr. Ted Capron comments, "I think the most important aspect of the DPRP recognition is that it shows practitioners have consistently attended to a broad range of measurements over a long time"

LRGHealthcare currently has recognized the following providers for outstanding diabetes care: Dr. Mark Aronson, Danielle MacDonald, APRN, Dr. Richard O'Brien, Abigail Olden, APRN, Dan Griffin, APRN, Dr. Ashley Warner, Erica Russell, APRN, CNM, Mirno Pasquali, PA-C, Mary Bidgood-Wilson, APRN, CNM, Laurie Jorgenson, APRN, Janice Vaughn, APRN, Barbara Wood, APRN, Dr. Maireni Cruz, Dr. Michael Dipre, Dr. Roger Gutner, Dr. Valentin Milchev, and Dr. Noboru Murakami.

Eddie Bauer store at Tanger Outlet participating in One Warm Coat program

TILTON — Participating in the One Warm Coat program for the first year is the Eddie Bauer store at the Tanger Outlet in Tilton, New Hampshire. They will be collecting gently used coats for the Santa Fund of The Greater Lakes Region. Give a Coat and share the warmth from October 27, 2014 through November 2, 2014. Donors will receive an additional $25 off a new outerwear item when they donate a gently worn coat at the local Eddie Bauer store.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. The organization's goal is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple yet vital need helps people live productive lives year round. Nearly 4 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities since 1992.

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region is a non-profit all volunteer program which operates year round to help children and families in need in the Lakes Region. Over the past several years, it has provided warm clothes, coats, boots and snow pants for children during the winter months.