This week, National Arts Strategies announced: Jessica Gelter, Executive Director of Arts Alive! and Brattleboro resident, is one of 25 individuals chosen to be a Creative Communities Fellow, part of the New England cohort. This is a 6-month program that will deepen arts leaders’ connections across the New England states, and deliver training and project support to develop programming. National Arts Strategies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and support a diverse community of cultural leaders, who drive inspiring change for the future. Gelter’s fellowship project proposes to increase access to the arts in rural southwest New Hampshire.
For Arts Alive!’s 10 year anniversary celebration, Executive Director Jessica Gelter and musician and artist Jim Murphy wrote a song to honor the occasion. It was recorded by over a dozen local musicians and features arts venues across the Monadnock region. Artists include: Adam Arnone, Jeff Kolter of Omoo Omoo, Jim Murphy, Jeff Murphy, Jessica Gelter, Karissa Vincent, Stuart Fuchs, Larry Siegel, Elise Kuder, Jose Lezcano, Karissa Vincent, and Ben Rogers with dancing by MoCo Arts’ students!
Adam Arnone is a musician and arts educator with a 20 year recording career, who has toured his music nationally, and released 13 albums. He is expanding his art in service to the community in many ways since settling in the Monadnock region. You may have seen him perform locally with his band Adam and the Flood. “I want this state to be recognized for the contributions it’s artists are making in every medium. New Hampshire has its own sound, and it’s better than ever.” - Adam Arnone
(Photo above by Ben Conant)
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Arts Alive! will be hosting coaching hours at The Hannah Grimes Center in Keene on the First Fridays of the month and coaching hours at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce on the Fourth Fridays of the month.
Jeff Kolter is an artist, musician, and film maker who has been living and creating art in the Monadnock Region for the last 12 years. He graduated from Keene State in 2008 with a degree in film production, also studying fine art briefly at Savannah College of Art and Design. Since then, Jeff has occasionally put on subversive, surrealist performances which he calls, ‘anti-comedy “experiments”.’ He also writes esoteric poetry, performs in several bands and draws psychedelic detailed ink illustrations. Read more about his vision in his own words:
Spotlighting artist Molly Fletcher:
My personal work explores what it means to be a New England Native. Through buffalo plaid patterns, a suggestion of flannel, and expressive portraiture my work challenges the notion of quaintness that New England is often associated with and emphasizes the often dark sense of humor that this area is known for. Creating traditional and non-traditional venues for art to be viewed has been a passion of mine over the last 15 years. I am impressed with the changes that have been happening in Keene over the past few years. The city’s commitment to the arts is whole-hearted and I feel lucky to be able to create in a community that is so supportive of the arts.
This month we’re spotlighting the Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery on the campus of Keene State College in downtown Keene New Hampshire. The gallery is always free admission - a great place to spend an hour on a cold winter afternoon. We spoke to Thorne director Brian Wallace to learn more about the gallery:
Currently on exhibit at the Thorne is a show of Mark Hogancamp’s work. Hogancamp is the subject of a nationally released feature film, Welcome to Marwen, in theaters now! The exhibit, Mark Hogancamp: Women of Marwencol and Other Possible Histories, features photographs and photo-series by an upstate New York artist who, as a mode of recovery from a violent assault and as an art practice, customizes and arranges 1/6 scale figures in miniature settings of his own design to tell an ongoing, looping, personal, epic story of conflict, loyalty, love, loss, and stockings.