PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibition Program at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition by teaching artist Emile Birch, running from Monday, February 2 through Thursday, March 5, in the gallery at the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. A gallery reception is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3 from 4-6 p.m.
The sculptures in this body of work explore the spiritual nature of living trees, and their transformation when cut and felled. Then the tree is no longer revered for its fruit, beauty or symbolism, but is reborn as wood, a material that provides innumerable opportunities to sustain the human body and soul. Birch seeks to express this transcendence of trees from their organically formed circular trunks to the geometry of the mill, which cuts them into square beams. For him they are a manifestation of the circle signifying the spirit and square symbolizing material in union as mandala of life's continuum.
The construction of a cradling architecture in each maquette, the sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch, is designed to remind one of scaffolding. Scaffolding in this case to balance the felled tree from its inevitable fall, and in doing so, to capture in time the point of transition from tree to wood. The painted wall reliefs in this series are intended to express an illuminated vision of the memorial sculptures and the pantheon of deities that are associated with forests.
Birch says, "The veneration of trees is an ancient and ongoing human endeavor. Throughout history, the sacred tree has personified our understanding of life, death, knowledge and liberty. This colorful and kinetic exhibit is filled with ancient and new symbolism integrated into mesmerizing designs."
Businesses and communities throughout New Hampshire have commissioned Birch's public artworks. The Eternal Shield, a bronze sculpture, was commissioned by the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Committee and is the first sculpture in more than 100 years to be sited on the State House grounds in Concord. Pollyanna, another bronze sculpture, is a landmark in the town of Littleton.
Birch has completed many residencies in schools, hospitals, state and private mental health institutions, prisons and youth detention facilities throughout New England. He is one of the original artists on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' "Arts in Education Roster," and is known by teachers across the state as an expert collaborator, evolving visual art experiences that are specifically tailored for each school, addressing their physical spaces, their students' needs and abilities, and the school and community goals.
Educational programming for area schools and professional development workshops for artists and educators are available for this exhibit. Visit Plymouth.edu/gallery for information.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:32
MEREDITH — The Moultonborough-Meredith office of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty will be hosting the grand opening of their Meredith Bay Bobhouse on Saturday, January 24, between 1 pm and 5 pm.
The BHHS_Verani Bobhouse is easily recognized as it is a cheerful cabernet with cream trim. The bobhouse, the brainchild of agent, Vandy Garnham is heated with both electric and solar power. It will also feature a cell phone charging station for their fellow anglers or pond hockey fans. The public is welcomed to stop by and say hello. Agents will be on hand to answer any real estate questions or share a fishing story. Refreshments will served.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:26
MEREDITH — Get your exclusive after-hours tickets today for Laconia Rotary's "U Tube" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Sunday, January 25.
Join us between 4:30 and 7:30 pm for an evening of fun under the lights at Gunstock, including 3 hours of tubing, Big Air Bag Launch Ride (weather permitting), fire pit, s'mores and hot chocolate, hourly prizes, entry into the grand prize giveaway Ski & Stay Package, and a raffle. The cost of the event is $30 per person or $100 for groups of 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gunstock.com/events.
"The support we've received for this event has been wonderful," said Rob Stewart of Laconia Rotary, "Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have some great raffle prizes for event attendees. It's going to be a great night with fun for all." Prizes include lift tickets and a Zip Tour Adventure Excursion donated by Gunstock Mountain Resort, an Inner Circle Membership to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, family membership and admission to a winter program at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, tickets to the Manchester Monarchs, a cruise on the Mount Washington, guest passes to Laconia Country Club, paintings and photographs donated by local artists and more.
"All of us at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region are grateful to Laconia Rotary for their continuing support of our mission to serve children and provide them with the skills they need to become productive members of our communities," said Walt Flinn, President of the Board of Directors, "These partnerships are essential to sustaining our work."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:28
LACONIA — On Wednesday, January 14, The Huot Technical Center offered exploration panel to provide information about careers in Plumbing and HVAC systems. Students from the Huot Center Plumbing and Heating Class and the regional sending schools attended the panel discussion made up of guest speakers from local companies and agencies.
Students had the opportunity to hear firsthand how their education will play out in the real world - and the future is bright. The Heating and Plumbing field has been established by the Federal Government as a "Bright Outlook" field, meaning employment is expected to grow rapidly for the next several years and will have large amounts of openings, including in areas of new and emerging occupations. The plumbing industry is an up-and-coming career that requires training and a strong, dedicated personality. Becoming a plumber with the education from the Huot Plumbing program helps ensure a secure job, and a good income. During the discussion, students discovered that the plumbing industry is one of the most stable careers in the country, and trained workers in the heating and plumbing fields are in high demand in today's world.
Harvey Woodside of the Granite Group echoed these statements, explaining that once trained, a plumber could gain employment in any location around the country and the world. Bob Terrio of Stafford Oil, explained how the majority of the plumbing and heating workforce are seasoned employees, and the need for a young competent workforce is imminent. Cliff Grenon, an alumni from the Huot Tech Plumbing and Heating class 2001 and Jason Cross, both from Laconia Refrigeration, explained how their role relies on self-discipline, and is challenging; always varied with opportunities to constantly learn new approaches and work with new technologies.
RJ Pauley, a 2014 Huot Plumbing and Heating Alumni, discussed how he gained successful employment at Granite State Heating and Plumbing, LLC. and enrollment into the apprenticeship program. RJ shared how the Huot program helped him advance in his apprenticeship. Because his class hours at the Huot were taken into consideration, he was able to complete the typical 4-year program in only 3.
Fran Wendelboe, President of the Belmont 4-H Fairgrounds, described how the 2nd year plumbing students have been invaluable in the renovation of the 300 year old building. Fran gave great advice of work practices and expectations, and tied in local industry practices with state legislation.
Students were encouraged to ask questions and talk individually with the employers. They were excited about the potential areas of employment which include: Private Contractors, Plumbing Supply Companies, Building Supply Companies, Federal State and Local Governments, Industry and Institutions (Maintenance), Heating Supply Companies, Air Conditioning Supply Companies, Fuel Oil Companies.
The Huot Technical Institute is grateful for the continued relationships within the community. The local guest speakers offered a face and inspiring testimonial to the purpose of what students are learning. Students walked away with a greater insight into their options after completing the Heating and Plumbing program, and the possibilities of pursuing a successful career.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:25
- Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrates 5th anniversary
- Downsizing seminar at Taylor Community on Feb. 13
- Lecture Jan. 27 on historic churches of Laconia
- Beekeeping workshop at Shaker Village on Feb. 21
- Historic photos and postcard presentation in Bristol on February 14
- Tai Chi Chih class offered through Adult Education