7th Settlement Brewery hosts Woodman Museum Fundraiser

April 18th, 2017

We at the Woodman Institute Museum would like to extend our cordial thanks to the fine folks at 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, NH for their support in hosting our spring fundraiser.  The turnout of museum supporters was spectacular, and the Woodman IPA was certainly a treat!A portion of the proceeds went toward our 101st season activities at the Woodman.

Admission receipts purchased at the Woodman can be used for a discounted meal at the 7th Settlement.

Woodman Spring Fundraiser at 7th Settlement

Are you ready for #woodmanipa? Stop by 7th Settlement Brewery on Tuesday for the Woodman Institute Museum spring fundraiser and sample the new batch.

Posted by Made In Dover on Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Presents: Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity

The Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Presents: Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity

(Dover, NH) – The work of the late, innovative New Hampshire artist, illustrator, educator, and author, Bill Oakes (1944-2005) will be presented in a new exhibition at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman.  Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity opens on Saturday, August 20, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. open to the public.  The exhibition features works that illustrate the extraordinary diversity of Oakes’ art and creative ideas that span his extensive career, including drawings, paintings, published illustrations, prints, and photographs.  The exhibition will run through September 22, and is open free of charge on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Bill Oakes spent his formative years in Brunswick, Maine.  After college, he joined the US Navy and was assigned to the Navy Combat Art Gallery in Washington, DC, during which time he completed over 180 paintings and drawings, now in the US Navy Fine Arts Collection.  As an educator, he taught at the New England School of Art and Design, as well as the Art Institute of Boston.  Bill earned his Master of Arts degree in 1988 in “Critical and Creative Thinking” at UMass, Boston, where he taught several courses focusing on Creativity.

An accomplished realist painter, Bill’s ability to capture the essence of his sitter’s character with minimal strokes led to his job as courtroom artist for the Watergate hearings, the major political scandal of the early 1970s.  His mesmerizing characterizations of President Richard Nixon, Howard Baker, John Dean, John Ehrlichman and others not only captured the energy of the proceedings, they brought the drama to life for the general public. These illustrations were reproduced in The Washington Post and on ABC News.

A versatile artist, Bill completed numerous illustrations for The Franklin Library, as well as several magazines and newspapers, including Look, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Time and Yankee magazines, and The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor.  He co-authored several children’s books as well.

Travels abroad and a continued interest in imagination and discovery led to more multi-dimensional works of art and experimentation.  His realism evolved to an abstraction born of interest in unusual materials and non-customary methods of application: trowels over brushes, for instance; mark-making with color and texture, more than subject.  In short, Creativity over representation.  A truly thoughtful artist who believed that art was a vital form of communication, Bill sought to inspire creative thought and discovery in all his students and viewers. Come see the works of this communicative believer in the power of art to inspire learners of all ages.

Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity is sponsored by Federal Savings Bank.

Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish (June 18, 2016)

Dover, NH – The work of Seneca/Tuscorora artist George Longfish will be presented in a new exhibition opening at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Museum in Dover on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish features nearly two dozen recent works. The exhibition will run through Sunday, August 7, 2016. The artist will conduct a gallery talk on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition and the gallery talk are open to the public free of charge.

George Longfish, who migrated to his Rollinsford studio by way of California, works in a variety of mediums, several of which will be on view in this exhibition (painting, prints, photography, digital, and combinations of these). Stylistically, he comes from a modernist abstract background, but his brightly colored, often geometrically-oriented works belie a culturally political agenda. By turns poignant and humorous, he makes us think about cultures colliding – historically and in a more contemporary vein as well.

Mr. Longfish was born in Ontario in 1942, and was educated at the Thomas Indian School in upstate New York. He then earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City; The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; and galleries and museums from Canada to Mexico. He developed the first Graduate Program of American Indian Arts in the United States at the University of Montana in 1972. He then became a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Director of the CN Gorman Museum at the same university.

During its 2016 Centennial Season, the Woodman Museum presents several exhibitions within its historic houses which are available for viewing as part of the regular Museum admission fee, while works presented as part of changing exhibitions at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman are available for viewing free of charge. Works of art are available for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Woodman Museum.

Woodman Museum Extends Exhibition Charles Henry Sawyer: Vintage Hand-Painted Photography

Dover, NH – The Woodman Museum has announced that due to large audience attendance, it will extend the viewing of the exhibition Charles Henry Sawyer: Vintage Hand-Painted Photography through Sunday, June 12, 2016 in the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman. The exhibition is on view to the public free of charge.

“The Hand-Painted Photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer is the first exhibition presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Centennial Celebration year. According to Wes LaFountain, executive director, Woodman Museum, “This amazing exhibition has drawn so much attention from our community of photographers, donors, members, and educators, that we chose to extend its viewing until mid-June. The overwhelming response by our audience to view the work (and purchase the catalog) led us to make this decision easily. Sawyer’s work offers a remarkable view into the beauty of our New England region, and we are proud to be able to share it.”

Charles Sawyer (1868-1954) began his career as a newspaper artist for the New York Tribune but ultimately became known for his colorfully hand-painted photographs of New England landscapes. Sawyer worked as a photographer and photographic painter during the Golden Age of Hand-Painted Photography (1900-1940) using large wooden cameras and glass plate negatives to capture his images. Fifty Maine & New Hampshire images on loan from private collections are on display, and the exhibition is curated by John Peters, Carol Gray and Thom Hindle.

The Woodman Museum presents several changing exhibitions within its historic houses which are available for viewing as part of the regular Museum admission fee. Works presented as part of changing exhibitions at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman are available for viewing free of charge. These works are available for purchase with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Woodman Museum.

Interactive Learning Project

studentsIn 2015, the Woodman Museum launched a new initiative with the assistance of 105 lively and curious 6th-grade students from Dover Middle School. Under the supervision of their teachers and chaperones, the students completed a three-part interactive and interdisciplinary learning project that covered social studies, English language arts, and arts and humanities. The students were introduced to specific objects from the collection and encouraged to explore and interpret their historic, social, economic, and artistic importance.

measured progressThe funding for the learning project was made possible by a donation from Measured Progress, a non-profit educational assessment company located in Dover dedicated to improving teaching and learning.

To learn how your students can take part in an interdisciplinary program using objects from the Woodman Museum collection, contact director@woodmanmuseum.org.

(To read the complete story of this classroom visit, consider becoming a member of the Woodman Museum and you will receive your copy of The Woodman newsletter)

$45,000 Community Development Block Grant Received

KeefeHouseFeatureSTRIPThe Woodman Museum recently received a Community Development Block Grant of $45,000 from the City of Dover for its work on ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) across its four historic buildings.

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that public spaces are navigable by all audiences, including wheelchair accessible buildings and accommodations for these individuals. The Woodman Museum is making several efforts to make this possible across its campus, including the removal of barriers to each of the four houses (steps, steep grades and narrow walkways) and the building of ramps in accordance with federal guidelines. As a result, all audience members will have access to at least the first floor of all four Woodman buildings.

 Read more here.