3S Artspace & Portsmouth Public Library Present: Community Read and Community Art Inspired by A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca SolnitDecember 20, 2018
PO Box 4435
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Beth Falconer, 3S Artspace (Executive Director)
3S Artspace & Portsmouth Public Library Present:
Community Read and Community Art
Inspired by A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., December 20, 2018 — 3S Artspace and the Portsmouth Public Library invite Portsmouth residents to participate in a Community Read and Community Art project. During the month of January, participants are asked to read Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost* and respond through creation of 2D artwork.
"We are so thrilled to partner with Portsmouth Public Library and offer an open call to artists and non-artists alike. We invite the community to consider the new year as a special time to read, reflect, and rejuvenate. We look forward to sharing this work, and seeing what themes and stories emerge with our community in the new Lobby Gallery space,” said Beth Falconer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace.
Readers/artists are not required to read the entire essay collection to create their piece of art. On January 29th and 30th, 3S will accept Community Art submissions (1 submission per person, not to exceed 18” x 36” in size, drop off in the Box Office). Some examples of 2D art mediums include collage, painting, sketching, charcoal, photography, embroidery, etc. Participants are welcome to use the 2D medium of their choosing to create their art piece.
Art submitted by community members will be curated by the 3S Gallery Committee and put on display in the Lobby Gallery at 3S Artspace beginning on February 1, coinciding with the Opening Reception for Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found, the February exhibit in the Gallery at 3S.
During the fall 2018 semester at University of New Hampshire, A Field Guide to Getting Lost served as a community read and artistic response project for the Art Department. Opening on February 1 in the Gallery at 3S Artspace, Wayfaring Stranger contains work in multiple mediums by UNH art students, faculty, and alumni and was coordinated at UNH by Sachiko Akiyama- sculptor, Portsmouth resident, and professor of art at UNH.
“We think the Portsmouth Community Read and Community Art is a chance to build on the Wayfaring Stranger exhibit and unite Portsmouth residents with the art community on the UNH campus through a common thread,” said Beth Falconer. Through this project, visitors to 3S have the unique opportunity to witness two exhibitions stemming from the same inspiration point: A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
Copies of A Field Guide to Getting Lost are available for borrowing at the Portsmouth Public Library. "At the library, we're focused on connecting members of our community and fostering creative expression," said Laura Horwood-Benton, Programming Librarian. "We're thrilled to partner with 3S and UNH on a project that connects these goals so perfectly. " The library will also host a Drop-In Art morning on Saturday, January 19 with various drawing supplies and prompts from the book.
Community Read and Community Art Timeline:
READ A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST: January 1-28
CREATE ART: January 1-28
FIND CREATION INSPIRATION: January 19, visit the Portsmouth Public Library for a Drop-In Art morning with various drawing supplies and prompts from the book.?
DROP OFF ONE ART PIECE at 3S Artspace: January 29 & 30, during Box Office Hours (10am - 6pm).
Opening Artists’ Reception for both the Community Art and Wayfaring Stranger: Friday, February 1, from 5-8pm. Free and open to the public.
Exhibition Dates for both Community Art and Wayfaring Stranger: February 1 - 24
Visit 3SARTS.ORG for more information.
319 Vaughan St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
*About A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit:
“A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown...Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.” Source: Amazon Book PageContact:Beth Falconer, Executive Director(603) 766-3330