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  • 'SHOW + TELL' programs at the Portsmouth Historical Society spark creative expression

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    PORTSMOUTH—Engage with the illustrators and art featured in “Show + Tell: Greater Seacoast Illustrators” this November through workshops, lectures, and curator-led tours at the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Welcome Center and Galleries. Meet the artists and learn more about the creative process behind their memorable and engaging works.
    On Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m., illustrator Gina Perry will be leading a workshop entitled “Read, Draw, and Discover.” This program is designed to teach children ages five and up how illustrated books are made through a series of drawing games. 
    The Portsmouth Historical Society will welcome two more illustrators from the exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture on the book illustration process” as a part of the William and Arlene Brewster Lecture Series. Jill Weber and Ryan O’Rourke will lead a lively discussion on the stages of bringing their illustrations from imagination to print including storyboards and picture book dummies that can be handled.
    Further immersing visitors in the world of “Show + Tell” are a pair of curator-led tours, held on Wednesday, November 16 and December 7 at noon. Guest Curator Tess Feltes encourages viewers to think critically about how design tools, techniques, and artistic styles can influence the way a reader or viewer feels about a subject. Through observation and dialogue, Feltes hopes that visitors can share in the joy and delight that these gifted local illustrators have created.
    Program Coordinator Sarah Robbitts-Terry explained, “Our programs are meant to take the energy of the ‘Show + Tell’ exhibition and welcome visitors to dive deeper inside, becoming artists themselves. We want to encourage that creative spark in our visitors where kids and adults alike will get the chance to be the author and illustrator of their own book." 

    “Show + Tell” will be on view at the Portsmouth Historical Society through Friday, Dec. 30. Exhibition admission is free; programs are ticketed. Visit www.portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433 to learn more about the upcoming programs and to purchase your tickets.
    About the Portsmouth Historical Society
    Founded in 1917, is devoted to championing the history, arts, and culture of the Portsmouth region. It operates two facilities: the Welcome Center and Galleries and the John Paul Jones House and Museum, a National Historic Landmark. The Portsmouth Historical Society serves as a cultural hub for Portsmouth, providing visitors and the community with rotating exhibitions, dynamic programming, historic walking tours, and a museum shop of unique Portsmouth gifts and books. Located at 10 Middle St., the Welcome Center and Galleries is open daily from 10am-5pm, from April through December. For further information, please call 603-436-8433 or visit PortsmouthHistory.org.