Artist Spotlight: Barbara Danser

This month, we arepleased to spotlight artist, Barbara Danser and her Danser Art Studios. Please enjoy!

Barbara says, "I enjoy beingactively involved in the visual arts. I am a painter in 5 different media, asculptor and a maker of glass jewelry and panels. I am a member of the Monadnock Writers Groupand am interested in all forms of literary arts. I take pleasure in writingone-act plays. I am an adjunctinstructor, teaching painting classes at New Hampshire Institute of Art inSharon. I conductBarbara Danser painting workshops throughout the year at theCurrier Art Center in Manchester, in the Monadnock Region, the Lake SunapeeRegion and at times in the American Southwest or in Italy. I startedpainting in college, where I took many art history classes. I was immediatelydrawn to the Twentieth Century Masters and their abstracted work, and myearliest paintings were large

black and white abstracts. I continue to paintabstracted landscapes, the figure and non-
objective compositions".

"My art focuses on the joyful energy oflife in nature and on the continuum of time:

beginnings and endings,rejuvenation, connections between Earth and universe and the

mystery of spirit. Mywork is a combined creative energy of mind, spirit & environment".

Please explain your commitment to the arts in theMonadnock Region.

I have committed my time to the arts in theMonadnock Region and in New Hampshire. I

served on the Executive Committee ofthe Friends of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery as

Membership Chair for fiveyears. I volunteered on the Fine Arts Gallery Committee at Sharon

Arts Centerfor 4 years. I am a member of Monadnock Art-Dublin Art Colony and show my

workon their October Art Tour.

Are you a collaborative artist? How so? How do you workwith artists and arts

related organizations?

I founded the Pastel Society of New Hampshirein 2004 and served as the organization’s

first President. I was an Incorporatorof the Jaffrey Civic Center for 5 years. I have curated

contemporary artists groupexhibitions at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The next exhibit, starting

May 26, willinclude eight artists and is titled, Continuum:Variations on a Theme. I have also

curated exhibits of my students’ work atthe NHIA Sharon Arts Gallery in Peterborough. I

presented an original one-act play inConcord for the Friends of the Audi “Page to Stage”

series. In 2014 I wrote aone-act play for Theatre Kapow’s “24 Hour Play Festival” at the

StockbridgeTheatre in Derry NH.

What is your vision for the arts in the Region and thesurrounding regions? And,

NH/VT for that matter?! How will you work to makethat happen?

I would like to see an emphasis on connections betweencommercial venues and local

artists. I believe that these connections canbenefit everyone. An example could be that The

Colonial Theatre host a “Page toStage” session of several weeks, or a 24-Hour Play

Festival, allowing localplaywrights and screen play writers, directors and actors to present

new work.