Artist Spotlight: Mary Goldthwaite Gagne

Artist Spotlight: Mary Goldthwaite Gagne

We recently spoke with artist, educator, and arts community organizer Mary Goldthwaite Gagne about her work, her connections to the region, and her passion for community. Here is more about her in her own words.

About Mary: I have been making cut paper illustrations since 2012. I have been interested in portraiture since I was a high school student. I am enamored with likeness and family resemblance. In addition to being a visual artist, I teach art and I am the Visual & Performing Arts department chair at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH. I also am on the leadership team of The Thing in the Spring and Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair.

Arts Spotlight: Historical Society of Cheshire County

Arts Spotlight: Historical Society of Cheshire County

A Historical Society that brings in innovative practices to celebrate history, culture, and community || by Rick Swanson || For 91 years the Historical Society of Cheshire County has been collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County. We do all the things that other historical societies do – from archives to re-enactments. But that’s not all we do. The museum world is changing and we are changing with it. We fully recognize that people will not return again and again to museums that are just repositories of “old stuff”. Today people support organizations where the public can come to make discoveries about local history and culture, form connections to the past, and create their own sense of place. Our partnerships with artists, writers, and musicians are key ingredients to make that happen.

Arts Spotlight: First Fridays

Arts Spotlight: First Fridays

Two hubs of the Monadnock Region are uniting arts and main street businesses to activate and enliven their communities by hosting arts activities, building partnerships with artists, and encouraging downtown businesses to stay open late every First Friday of the month! Arts are a great driver of tourism, economic activity, and community vibrancy.  First Friday Monadnock in Peterborough and First Friday Art Hop in Keene are beginning to build a partnership in which the two groups will come together to co-market the First Friday events in both locations.

Arts Spotlight: MoCo Arts's new building!

Arts Spotlight: MoCo Arts's new building!

Arts education is an equalizer that gives kids in our community - all kids - the skills that help them flourish. That is something that the folks at MoCo Arts in Keene deeply believe in as they work to transform lives through movement and creative expression.

We recently had a chance to talk to their leadership about their programs and their exciting campaign - MoCo Moves: Building MoCo Arts’ Future Capital Campaign - for a brand new facility in Keene for the future of the organization, along with the architect and builders taking on the project. Please enjoy!

Arts Spotlight: Ash Hill Center for the Arts

Arts Spotlight: Ash Hill Center for the Arts

Ash Hill Center for the Arts - Arts Alive! Artist SpotlightThis month’s Artist Spotlight focused on Ash Hill Center for the Arts located at 83 Ash Hill Rd, Swanzey, NH. Pamela Dexter is the Executive Director of the Center and shares her thoughts on its origins, their commitment to the Arts and their vision for Arts in our Region and surrounding regions.