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  • Introducing Creative Studios

    Posted Monday, July 28, 2014 by Neva Cole

    by Erika Umali, Currier Museum of Art Intern

    The Creative Studios are a great way for families and adults to relax and enjoy an art activity. This month, the theme has been collage. As a recent college student, it had been quite some time since I had done collage.  At ...

  • Push and Pull: Joan Mitchell's Cous-cous

    Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Bruce McColl

    Since I arrived at the Currier in 2005 I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Joan Mitchell’s painting Cous-cous (1961-1962). I knew a bit about Mitchell from a painter-friend who was her companion and studied painting with her in the 1990’s, so I was well acquainted with Mitchell ...

  • Museum Member, Life-long Art Lover and One Helluva Guy

    Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Neva Cole

    “When it comes to conversation, I am a high maintenance man.” That was one of the first things Neil Valentino said to me. I asked him to meet me at the Currier after I heard that he came to the Museum so often that he was on a first name ...

  • Recipes From The Winter Garden Cafe: Vegetable Stick Salad

    Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Steve Konick

    Recipe by Joe Sylvester, Winter Garden Cafe Chef

    Vegetable Stick Salad

    4 servings

    2 small beets

    1 large carrot

    1 Daikon radish

    1 red bell pepper

    1 small red onion

    Sunflower seeds for garnish to taste

    2 oz. goat cheese

    Baby spinach 

    4 oz. balsamic vinaigrette (below)

    Julienne (preferably with ...

  • Getting to Know Frank Lloyd Wright

    Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Carey Cahoon, Jane Seney

    One of the most popular pieces in the Currier’s collection isn’t a painting or sculpture. It’s a house. An amazing house created by one of the greatest architects who ever lived: Frank Lloyd Wright. While Wright is well known for his stunning creations, those who knew him ...

  • Me and Uncle Romie

    Posted Monday, June 23, 2014 by Neva Cole

    Q&A with Claire Hartfield, Author of Me and Uncle Romie


    Q. First off, let me just start by saying I loved the way you wrote this story! I’m curious how you were introduced to Romare Bearden and his art? Is there a particular image that you remember having ...

  • Collage A Master's Technique

    Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Neva Cole

    Romare Bearden, like many master artists, has worked in a variety of media, but he is best known for his collages. Standing in front of his pieces in A Black Odyssey, it's easy to see why. Bearden's earlier collages feature jarringly fragmented figures with reassembled faces torn from ...

  • Defining "Home"

    Posted Sunday, June 15, 2014 by Neva Cole

    Q&A with Community Leaders about Refugees in New Hampshire

    Questions inspired by the documentary Uprooted, produced by the University of New Hampshire


    Honore Murenzi: Founder and director of New American Africans, received the 2014 Martin Luther King Award. Murenzi came to New Hampshire as an immigrant from Africa ...

  • Yes, All Women

    Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Meghan Petersen

    We here at the Currier Museum have been reflecting on the recent tragedy in Isla Vista, Calif. alongside the rest of the country. On May 23, a young man named Elliot Rodger opened fire killing six students and injuring 13 others before turning the gun on himself. Before the rampage ...

  • Transforming Lives Through Art

    Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Bruce McColl

    In my nearly nine years as the Art Center’s director I have met thousands of students who have called the Art Center their home away from home. Certainly, during our busy vacation art camp sessions, we are quite literally home for many of them. The building is buzzing with ...