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November Schedule of Events at the Currier Museum of Art

Manchester, NH – This fall, the Currier Museum of Art launched The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed, an exploration of the life of an art museum. The exhibition gives a glimpse into the world of museums, unlocking secrets from the Currier’s own collection of art along the way. Visit this fall to get a behind-the-scenes view of the museum. It’s not a secret anymore!
 
The museum’s entrance is located at 150 Ash Street and parking is available in the on-site lot. Museum hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday - Friday 11 am–5 pm, Saturday 10 am–5 pm, open the first Thursday of each month 11 am–8 pm, and closed Tuesday. Admission to the museum is always free for children 17 and under, and every Saturday from 10 am–noon admission is free to everyone.
 
The Currier Art Center offers art classes and vacation camps for all ages.
 
To find more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.
 

Public Guided Tours
Tours are offered daily, and highlight the history of the museum, the collection, and special exhibitions. Public tours are free with museum admission. Welcome to the Currier: Highlights of the Collection and an introduction to the special exhibition The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed tour times:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm.
 
Zimmerman House ticketed tours
Take a tour of the Zimmerman House and learn more about this Frank Lloyd Wright treasure! A Zimmerman House Tour provides visitors with a 90-minute tour of the house with information about the Zimmermans’ life in the 1950s and 60s, and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. These tours are offered Mondays and Fridays at 2 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 am and 2 pm, Saturdays at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, and Sundays at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Zimmerman House public tours are free for museum members. Reservations are required and can be made via our website at www.currier.org or by calling us at 603.669.6144 x108.
 
Private Group Tours Full-length tours, or 1-hour, introductory “Highlights” tours of the house can also be scheduled throughout the week and on weekends. Zimmerman House private tours are now available in Spanish!
 
For more information about tour schedules, tickets, and offerings, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. Assistive listening systems are available for all public and private tours.
 
An Exhibition in the Currier Museum Community Gallery
Mentors and Masters at the Currier Museum Art Center
 
On view through November 29
Since 2006, the Art Center has hosted many memorable learning opportunities for students, young and old, to work directly with some of our region’s best -known artists and teachers. This exhibition highlights a selection of those special moments when “Artist Mentors” have worked closely with young students to create ambitious community projects, and “Master Artists” have inspired teen and adult students by working side by side with them in dynamic studio-based learning labs. Works and projects by Marek Bennett, Neva Cole, Richard Haynes Jr., Cheryl Holbert, Jon Imber, Jimmy Leslie, Bruce McColl and John O’Shaughnessy will be on view.
 
Big Apple Express
Saturday, December 4 from 6:30 am-11:30 pm
Reserve your seats by November 3
Board the bus to New York City! Visit museums, shops, restaurants, friends, or the Currier’s Jan Gossart Self Portrait painting that is currently on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their exhibition Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance, on view through January 17, 2011. The coach departs from the Catholic Diocese of Manchester (153 Ash Street, across from the museum) promptly at 6:30 am. Arrive in Manhattan about 11:30 am to spend the day in the city. Re-board the coach at 7 pm to arrive back at the Diocese about 11:30 pm. $75 for members, and $95 for non-members. Prices include transportation only. Reserve your seats by calling 603.669.6144 x108.
 
Educator’s Workshop: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed
Wednesday, November 3 from 9 am-3:30 pm
Visiting museums has been an important part of student art experiences, but have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the Currier? This workshop will provide K-12 educators with new ways to engage students with art and incorporate lessons into the classroom based on museum practices. Tour the special exhibition, work closely with Currier educators on techniques and lesson plans, and leave with fresh ideas! This workshop is a perfect opportunity to partner with a teacher of another discipline and think creatively about cross-curricular connections. Cost is $45 for Currier educator members, $60 for non-members. Register with a teacher of another discipline and receive $10 off your total registration fee. Space is limited and RSVP required by October 27. Reserve your space by calling 603.669.6144 x113. Refreshments, lunch and teaching materials provided. Professional development hours are available.
 
First Thursday: How to Curate Your Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm
The word “curate” has come to encompass more than organizing art exhibitions, and generally means to make pointed choices that together construct a statement. Now apply that concept to all your Thanksgiving choices: appetizers, side dishes, dessert, centerpiece, beer, wine. Learn how to curate these important choices so that your guests leave knowing how much you care. Enjoy a 15-minute talk by Currier Manager of Events, Lisa Pavlopoulos at 5:45 pm and then visit stations to sample food and beverages by Richard’s Bistro, Bert’s Better Beers, Martignetti Companies, Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries; flowers by Chalifour’s Flowers, and Gift & Gourmet. Cost is $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made via our website at www.currier.org or by calling us at 603.669.6144 x108.
 
Behind the Scenes in 15 Minutes!
Saturday, November 6 at 11:30 am
Get a glimpse of the museum through the eyes of the people who know its inner workings! These 15-minute tours are designed to give you a glimpse into an aspect of the museum. The tour will be led by Leah Fox, Director of Public Programs. Every Saturday you can enjoy free admission from 10 am-noon.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Children and Parent Workshop
Family Comics for Children and Parents
Saturday, November 6 from 10 am-2 pm
Create a comic book about your own family! Use pictures and text to create engaging graphic narratives from the stories only YOU can tell. Parents and children interview each other and retell the stories they learn in comics form. Study the visual power of cartoons, the transitions and rhythms of comics, and the fun of designing and publishing your own comic book. Bring a lunch. Cost is $50 for 1 parent/child (ages 7-12), $65 for 2 children. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Ceramic Social: Cups and Goblets
Saturday, November 6 from 1-4 pm
Teens and adults are invited to this afternoon event to learn how to make cups, ranging from goblets to coffee mugs, custom designed for your favorite beverages! Learn how to carve and add clay to make different textures and also how to make handles. All levels of experience are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $60 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Fiber Fling: Felting and Weaving Workshop
Sundays, November 7 and 14 from 1-5 pm
This felting and weaving workshop, for teens and adults, is the perfect introduction to fiber arts – as well as a refresher course for those who want to get back into the medium. Approaching fibers from a fine-art perspective class starts with a tour and discussion of selected works in the museum and then focuses on how to apply the principles covered to create felted and woven works of art. Open to beginning and experienced fiber artists. Cost is $120 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Focus Tour – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food and Spirits in Art
Friday, November 12 at 11:30 am
These special tours offer visitors in-depth gallery discussions on a particular theme, work of art, or artist, and this fall there are many great tours to choose from! The tour will be led by Docent Pauline Bogaert. Free with museum admission.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Painting with Glass!
Saturday, November 13 from 9 am-noon
Fritography is the process of using crushed glass (frit) and colored glass powders to create fused glass artwork. Learn the process of fused glass and the techniques for creating and assembling these painterly designs. We will produce two tiles using different methods. The result will be amazingly colorful kiln fired glass works of art! Cost is $60 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Family Saturday: Secrets
Saturday, November 13 from 10 am-noon
Spend some quality family time at the Currier the second Saturday of every month. Participate in hands-on art activities, go on a guided family gallery walk (11:30 am), visit the Discovery Gallery, or use a family gallery guide. Today learn a secret about a work of art in the collection. Museum admission is free from 10 am to 12 pm.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Introductory Photoshop for Artists
Saturday, November 13 from noon-4 pm
Do you want to create high resolution digital images of your artwork for submittal to galleries, contests or magazines? Do you have Photoshop or similar photo editing programs, but can’t get the results you want? Inferior images ruin any chance for artwork to reach its full audience. This workshop will help you learn basic Photoshop skills essential for producing professional, high-quality prints and files, including color management, resolution, sizing, file formats, and outputting to print and the web. The workshop will also review solutions to common photo manipulation problems. The instructor will host class using a laptop with projector. It is recommended that students bring a laptop to class loaded with Photoshop and artwork photos. If students do not have a laptop, the class still works as a demonstration. Cost is $80 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Preserving your Prized Possessions
Sunday, November 14 from 1-4 pm at the Currier Art Center
Ever wonder how to care for that heirloom silver platter your great-grandmother left you? How should you store your family photographs? Bring in one object and get the answers from the experts. Specialists in textiles, photos and all things paper, paintings and objects will be on hand to provide guidance on preserving your most-prized possessions. Advanced registration is required by November 8. For more information email programs@currier.org. To reserve your space visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. Professional development hours available! Cost is $10 for members $15 for non-members.
 
Zimmerman House Focus Tour – Evolution of Design at the Zimmerman House
Sunday, November 14 at 3 pm
These 90-minute tours are designed for guests who have already visited the Zimmerman House and would like to examine specific, changing topics connected to the house, the Zimmermans, or the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Focus Tours include a brief, general introduction to the house, and then focus on a specific topic of interest. The tour is led by Docent Judy Ransmeier. Reservations required. $20 for Adults; $19 for Seniors; $16 for Students; $8 for Children 7-17; FREE for members. Make your reservations at www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108.
 
Film Screening: The Rape of Europa (at the Red River Theatres)
Tuesday, November 16 at 5:45 pm
This film tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. The film will be introduced by Tom Selldorff, who recently regained possession of the two side panels of an 18th-century Austrian altarpiece that were stolen by the Nazis from his grandfather’s art collection. The paintings are on display for the first time in the United States at the Currier in The Secret Life of Art: Mysteries of the Museum Revealed. At 5:45 pm enjoy a reception with light refreshments at the Red River Theatres, 11 South Main Street, Concord. Then stay for the film screening (117 minutes) at 6:15 pm. Cost is $8 for general public; $6 for Currier and Red River members. Tickets may be purchased at the Red River box office or online at www.redrivertheatres.org. Professional development hours are available.
 
New Parent Gallery Talk: Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food and Spirits in Art 
Thursday, November 18 from 11 am-noon
New parent and their young children are invited to come each month for a themed tour of the museum and meet other new parents and their babies. Bottle feeding and nursing are allowed in the galleries, as well as single strollers, and front carriers. Free with museum admission. Children 17 and under always enjoy free admission.
 
Behind the Scenes in 15 Minutes!
Saturday, November 20 at 11:30 am
Get a glimpse of the museum through the eyes of the people who know its inner workings! These 15-minute tours are designed to give you a glimpse into an aspect of the museum. The tour will be led by Neva Cole, Graphic Designer. Free with museum admission. Every Saturday you can enjoy free admission from 10 am-noon.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Master Class with Richard Haynes Jr.
Masterful Crayon Drawing
Saturday, November 20 from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, November 21 from 11 am-4 pm
Join notable NH artist Richard Haynes to explore the richly colorful medium that has been the trademark of his work for years: oil-based crayons. Bring a set of photographs to work from, and explore the principles and elements of design while creating inspiring images. Workshop includes individual and group critiques and a design and drawing demonstration by Richard. Continental breakfast and boxed lunch provided on Saturday, and boxed lunch provided on Sunday. Materials are provided. Cost is $270 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Workshop
Make Your Own Wire Chains!
Saturday, November 20 from noon-4 pm
This workshop, for teens and adults, will demonstrate how to make chains using just wire, a few hand tools, and your imagination. Chains such as Egyptian spiral chain, Viking (knitted) chain, wire wrapped links with beads, and basic link chains will be covered. Using 14g to 26g round wire participants will wrap, bend, knit, hammer and spiral their way to making our own chain samples and a chain to be worn by the end of the day! Cost is $60 per student. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Currier Museum Art Center Children and Parent Workshop
A Day to Play in Clay: Animal Bowls
Saturday, November 20 from 1-3 pm
Come and create your own functional animal bowl from coils of stoneware clay. Great for cereal, soup, and ice cream! Projects will be glazed and fired. Cost is $40 for 1 parent/child (ages 5+), $55 for 2 children. Register by calling 603.669.6144 x122, register online at www.currier.org, or visit the Art Center in person at 180 Pearl Street, Manchester, NH.
 
Distinguished Artist Concert: New Zealand String Quartet
Sunday, November 21 at 2 pm
With its dynamic performing style, eloquent communication, and beautiful sound, the New Zealand String Quartet has forged a major career in the international chamber music field, earning the acclaim of critics and the delighted response of audiences. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. For tickets contact 603.669.6144 x108 or visit www.currier.org. Artistic Consultant for this concert is Jocelyn Faulkner Bolle. The New Zealand String Quartet is represented in the United States and Canada by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd., NY www.jwentworth.com.
 
Storytime in the Gallery
Monday, November 22 at 11:30 am
Looking for a way to introduce your preschooler to art? Come to the Currier for an art-related story read by a children’s librarian from Manchester City, followed by a gallery talk about the “Artwork of the Day”. Recommended for ages 3 to 5, but all are welcome. Listen to the story, A Blue Butterfly, by Bijou Le Tord and look at The Seine at Bougival by Claude Monet. Free with museum admission.
 
Zimmerman House Photographer’s Tour
Sunday, November 28 at 3 pm
Join us for a special 2-hour Photographer’s Tour of the Zimmerman House, which will highlight the Zimmermans’ love of photography and allow plenty of time for visitors to photograph the exterior of the house. Reservations are required. For more information about tour schedules, tickets, and offerings, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144 x108. Assistive listening systems are available for all public and private tours.
 
About the Currier
The Currier Museum of Art (www.currier.org) in Manchester, NH is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. New galleries showcase the collection of over 11,000 objects, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging traveling exhibitions, a series of dynamic programs ranging from music to lectures to hands-on art-making, an expanded gift shop and an airy new café filled with light and equipped with WiFi.
 
The associated Art Center offers studio classes, art camps and intensive workshops for all ages. The museum also owns the Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection.  The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed house in New England open for public tours which are offered April – December. To book a tour or get more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.
 
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