Museum hours: 10AM to 5PM. Open Wednesday-Sunday. (Opening Day: April 4)

Pat Francoeur and Ruth Ann Bleau

Artist and art teacher Pat Francoeur is exhibiting her paintings at the Thom Hindle Gallery at the Keefe House, 15 Summer St., Dover, NH, through the months of April and May.

Francoeur has been active in the arts for most of her life. She gave private art lessons for 45 years and taught an adult course at Somersworth High School for 29 years. As an active member of the Great Bay Art Association, York Art Association, and Durham Art Association, Pat participates in many group shows and has often been a demonstrator. She is also registered among New England Artists on the Governor’s and President’s Commission of the Arts in Washington DC and among Who’s Who in American Artists. She is also a member of the Women of the Arts Museum in Washington DC.

Francoeur has garnered many awards from various shows in the New England area including the calendar cover and the October painting for two different Families First Calendar contests. She has won best-in-show awards for both the GBAA and the YAA.

Also on display are the works of painter Ruth Ann Bleau. During a life when Ruth has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a waitress, Head Start Aid, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier and when earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, she has had an underlying passion for art.

She has always loved to draw and has taken courses at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass., and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Her large, colorful paintings are of landscapes, animals and flowers. She paints very quickly and intensely for two or three hours and then studies the painting for a few days, adjusting the color, contrast, intensities and patterns.

Ruth is one of the five owner-artists of the Vibes Art Gallery in Somersworth.

Thom Hindle Gallery

The Keefe House was built in 1825 for Asa Tufts, owner of Tufts Apothecary. In 1847, his son Charles took over the shop as Asa became involved in banking and insurance until his death in 1884. The house was purchased in 1917 by F. Clyde Keefe, a local attorney and twice mayor from 1934-35 and again from 1942-47. The home remained in the Keefe family for three generations.

The Thom Hindle Gallery at the Woodman (formerly the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman) is New Hampshire’s newest professional Fine Art gallery, is located in the beautifully preserved Victorian Era home at 15 Summer Street in Dover, NH. There is no admission charge to visit the Thom Hindle Gallery at the Woodman Museum.

Learn about the current exhibition on view at the Thom Hindle Gallery at the Woodman here.

The House is available for rental for small business meetings, retreats, or corporate events. The building is equipped with a serviceable kitchen, large dining area, open rooms and limited seating for lectures.  Rental costs range in price. For more information, contact director@woodmanmuseum.org.

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