K. A. Brett School Artwork and Needle-felted Community Murals on Display at NH Department of Education in Concord Through February

nhdoe.artshow.web2ndgradeimpressionistdetail.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to announce that the NH Department of Education in Concord is hosting a show of artwork by students from the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and of needle-felted wool murals created in November 2013 during a community-wide Arts Council of Tamworth residency in “Painting with Wool” with Harrisville, NH fiber artist Marcy Schepker. The show will run through the end of February during NHDOE business hours. muraldetailsummer.webThe four cheerful, brightly colored murals on view on the ground floor of the NHDOE celebrate the four seasons in rural Northern New Hampshire. They were created collaboratively, with guidance from Schepker, by people of all ages working at several venues, and by every student at the K. A. Brett School. As each group worked on the mural, it had an opportunity to make decisions about colors, content and design. The “Spring” mural, for instance, was begun by a group of kindergartners. After brainstorming many ideas, they decided that the mural should include a large rainbow, and they needle-felted the rainbow into prominence in the piece. Another group decided that sled dog races were important to the local community, another that the winter landscape would depict a winter evening with a moon bright in the sky. Before traveling to Concord, the murals were on display at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. It’s been wonderful to see so many enthusiastic responses to work created by a community working together. One young girl came in and pointed with excitement at the murals. “I helped make that!” she exclaimed. She asked why they were hanging in the library, and when she was told that it was because they were beautiful and people wanted to see them, she puffed up with pride. “That blows my mind,” she said.

doeartshowhouse.webBrett School art teacher Melanie McBrian has a wide variety of student work on display on the first and ground floors of the NHDOE: Cityscapes in watercolor, jungle pictures in oil pastel inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau, Cubist-style musicians done in collage, Impressionist gardens, Grant Wood-inspired landscapes in crayon resist, Renaissance-style profile self-portraits in oil pastel, Collagraph Prints, Still Life paintings in complementary colors, examples of En Plein Air paintings done by 3rd graders, mixed media collages of whimsical "shacks" inspired by the work of Beverly Buchanan and large scale comic compositions done in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

2ndgradeimpressionistsdetail2.web“As a teacher,” McBrian says, “I want my students to experience a wide range of art materials and 'techniques so that they can find their voices, artistically speaking, and express themselves visually. Working in art gives students the opportunity to solve ‘problems’ that have myriad possible ‘answers’. I incorporate art history so they can learn about and begin to understand the progression of art through time. Art has always been used to record and comment on the events in peoples lives.”

Thank you to K. A. Brett Alt. Ed. teacher Bill Arnold and his students for framing the four community murals, to Danny Palmer & Granite State Glass for donating the Plexiglass, to residency sponsors Meadow Pond Animal Hospital and Settlers’ Crossing, to The Gibson/Woodbury Foundation for their generous materials grant, and to the Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA and the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. Arts Council of Tamworth is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to NHDOE Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey (pictured on the right) for the opportunity to share and celebrate this beautiful work and to Brett art teacher Melanie McBrian (on the left) for hanging the show.

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The NHDOE is located at 101 Pleasant Street, Concord. Want to bring Marcy Schepker to your community? Visit marcyschepker.com. Find out more about Arts Council of Tamworth’s community workshops, Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances, teacher workshops and work in the school here.purple.nhsca

House of Wishes & Gift Beads with master teaching artist Mark Ragonese

ragonese.flagsArts Council of Tamworth in partnership with the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH invites the public to participate in the upcoming Art Connects Us artist residency with sculptor, master woodworker and multi-media teaching artist Mark Ragonese. Mark will guide the community in creating a House of Wishes, a sculptural “house” of native wood hung with hand-dyed flags decorated with our wishes and dreams. He will also facilitate a gift-bead project, and tell stories about the importance of wishes and the significance of handmade objects. Mark will be in residence at the Brett School from September 17-19 and 24-26. Homeschoolers are welcome to participate; call 603-323-7271 for the schedule. Area teachers are invited to a hands-on professional development workshop with Mark on Wednesday, September 17 at 3:30 at Brett, “Gift Beads & Wishing Flags: Building Community Through the Works of Our Hands.” Ragonese will share the story he uses in his wishing flag workshops with kids, and speak about the significance of gift beads and the uses of story to flesh out and deepen a creative project. On Wednesday, September 24, the public is invited to come help create the communal house of wishes at a free evening workshop, “Gift Beads & Wishing Flags,” at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, from 6:30-8:30 PM (check out our teaser if you're in the library soon). Anyone interested in pit-firing, a traditional method of clay-firing, can stop by the school on the afternoon of the 24th at 2:00 for a demonstration. The public is then invited to join us at Brett on Friday, September 26 at 2:00 PM for the culminating event of the residency, a ceremonial first viewing of the House of Wishes. 055 (1024x848)Mark Ragonese stresses the importance of individuality, membership in a community, and the significance of a handmade object. His work in schools is fun and energetic and designed to give individual attention to every student while illustrating the power and importance of group effort and the handmade object. When he’s not leading exciting, inspiring workshops for people of all ages, Mark Ragonese designs and builds one-of-a-kind fine furniture and sculpture and outdoor site and event specific installations, and is an experienced teacher of mastery level woodworking and design. He received the Yamagata International Visual Arts Fellowship for his work with the disabled and disadvantaged.

060 (1024x768)Brett & ACT are able to bring this experienced, dedicated and joyful teacher to Carroll County with help from many: Big thank yous to Residency Sponsor The Yankee Smokehouse. Thank you also to new ACT sponsors The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, White Mountain Survey & Engineering, and Winnipesaukee Driving School. Thank you to sponsor Paul L. King Surveying & Engineering, and media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic 104FM, and to the Tamworth PTA and the Tamworth Foundation. Brett and Arts Council of Tamworth are supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Donate below in support of school and community-wide artist residencies.

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C4C Quartet thrills, delights and educates!

We were so lucky to have the generous, creative musicians and educators of Clarinets for Conservation C4C Quartet with us on Friday, March 21. For those of you who missed their evening performance, here are a few highlights:

All this after playing a splendid afternoon concert at the Brett School in which the quartet not only took the kids on a musical journey from Europe to Africa and home to America, but also taught them to conduct! Many thanks to Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, Ian Tyson, and Michele Von Haugg, and to sponsors BEAM Construction Associates, Inc., Cooper Cargill Chant, and Paul L. King Surveying and Engineering, and media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM, and to The Tamworth Foundation.

Ian Tyson, Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, and Michele Von Haugg - See more at: http://artstamworth.org/2014/02/clarinets-for-conservation-c4c-quartet/#sthash.vG1XPxDa.dpuf
Ian Tyson, Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, and Michele Von Haugg - See more at: http://artstamworth.org/2014/02/clarinets-for-conservation-c4c-quartet/#sthash.vG1XPxDa.dpuf
Ian Tyson, Mark Fugina, Debbie Larsen, and Michele Von Haugg - See more at: http://artstamworth.org/2014/02/clarinets-for-conservation-c4c-quartet/#sthash.vG1XPxDa.dpuf

First poems...pantoums!

Here are a first few poems written this week during our spring Art Connects Us residency with poet Verandah Porche. These are pantoums, a poetic form originating in Malaysia. On Tuesday night, 24 area residents of all ages came to the Cook Library to hear Verandah read her captivating poems and to write one of their own. Leaving aside a few outliers, a common theme emerged in many of the poems. It really has been a very long cold winter. Here are three: Verandah Porche Pantoum Workshop Cook Memorial Library 03/25/14

Discontent

By Laura Campbell, age 48

Now is the winter of our discontent Ragged boots shuffle restlessly on chair rungs Restless for bare feet again Soft air nudging, urging

Ragged boots shuffle restlessly on chair rungs Unendurable, longing for escape Soft air nudging, urging Awaken, release, run!

Unendurable, longing for escape Shifting toward the distant glorious summer Awaken, release, run! Too far, it seems, to ever reach

Shifting toward the distant glorious summer Longing stirring, forgetting where we are Too far, it seems, to ever reach Fast asleep, under the char, dreaming

Longing stirring, forgetting where we are Restless for bare feet again Fast asleep, under the char, dreaming Now is the winter of our discontent

 

Verandah Porche Pantoum Workshop Cook Memorial Library 03/25/14

Looking Beyond

By Sandy Trask, age 12

Sliver branches, glow in the light Doors open the hinges of possibility I sit by the fire-place Looking beyond

Doors open the hinges of possibility Molecules fly before my eyes Looking beyond Books untouched for centuries

Molecules fly before my eyes Paintings of the future Books untouched for centuries Truth under-lies

Paintings of the future Water flowing like dreams Truth under-lies Peace

Water flowing like dreams I sit by the fire-place Peace Sliver branches, glow in the light

Pantoum Verandah Porche’s workshop, 3/25/14 Kate Thompson

The ice stays stuck on the roof just like a month ago. You’d think the sun might melt it but it’s frozen in shape

just like a month ago. On Tuesday it started to curl down, but now it’s frozen in shape again - over the eaves, like a helmet.

On Tuesday it started to curl down, when it actually got up to 36 - over the eaves, like a helmet - but only for three hours.

When it actually got up to 36 some of us unbuttoned our coats... but only for three hours. What a joke.

Some of us unbuttoned our coats. You’d think the sun might melt things. What a joke. The ice stays stuck on the roof.

 

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0ACT is able to bring this talented, experienced, dedicated and joyful teacher and writer to Carroll County with help from many: The Verandah Porche residency is supported by generous sponsors BEAM Construction Associates, Inc. and Cooper Cargill Chant, the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, the Tamworth Foundation, UUFES, and Yeoman's Fund for the Arts, and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Media sponsors are The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic 104FM. You can support it, too! Help us continue to program school and community-wide artist residencies by donating below.

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