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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.
Woodman Museum Receives $45,000 Community Development Block Grant
May 12, 2016 — DOVER, NH – Woodman Museum of Central Avenue recently received a Community Development Block Grant of $45,000 from the City of Dover. The museum received the grant 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.
Funded through Housing and Urban Development, the Community Development Block Grant is federal money given to cities like Dover, whose community decides how the funds are distributed. The grant application is a competitive process, with consideration from the City Planning Board, the City Council, and other community leaders.
Woodman Museum was created in 1915 from the legacy of philanthropist Annie Woodman to encourage her city’s education in history, science and the arts. With four houses of collections, the oldest built in 1675 and the most recent in 1825, its history is rich. This year, the museum celebrates its 100th Anniversary; plans to commemorate the centennial are underway for an event on July 23rd. For more information, visit www.woodmanmuseum.org.
Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish Opens 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.
(August 6, 2016)
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.
Get a fresh look at the Woodman Museum in this new video for the NH1 News Network shot during Union Leader correspondent Kimberley Haas’s recent visit.
NH Chronicle Spotlight (May 2016)
One viewer commented: “I saw the NH Chronicle episode on the museum. WOW! My husband and I will be visiting your museum for your July 23 centennial celebration. CAN’T WAIT! Looking forward to receiving [your newsletter]. My husband and I watch as many episodes of NH Chronicle as we can. It gives us information on places to visit in NH on our weekends off. We enjoy traveling, sightseeing, museums, & history.” – AML
News Release: WOODMAN MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION – DOVER DISCOVERY DAY, MAY 21,2016
Dover, NH — Residents of Dover, New Hampshire receive free admission to the Woodman Museum during Dover Discovery Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from Noon to 4:00 pm. The Day is offered as part of the Museum’s Centennial Celebration and provides resident visitors a unique opportunity to explore the Museum’s collection of thousands of artifacts, while discovering the impact that the development of this historic town had on the cultural and economic growth of the region.
Dover Discovery Day highlights the Museum’s extensive collection, including many of the objects and artifacts highlighted in its newly created The Woodman Museum in 100 Objects initiative, offered in collaboration with Foster’s Daily Democrat. The newspaper publicizes images and historical information daily on one unique object from the collection in its publication and on a specially devoted web page. (http://fosters.com/woodman-museum-treasures)
Many of the Dover related items included in the 100 Years, 100 Objects initiative are spotlighted throughout the Museum during Dover Discovery Day and include: a photo and historical information on Museum founder Annie E. Woodman; a display devoted to suffragist, philanthropist, and lawyer Marilla Ricker; an 1803 ticket from the Piscataqua Bridge lottery; several advertising signs devoted to promoting local businesses; an oil painting entitled Strawberry Basket by artist and author Mollie Lee Clifford; samples of cloth manufactured in the mid-1800s by the Dover’s Cocheco Manufacturing Company; an 1880 sampler stitched by Mary Wallingford; a carousel horse from the Central Park/Burgett Park; and a hose cart used to battle the legendary 1907 Cocheco Mill fire, among others.
The Woodman Museum’s holdings include four historic houses, dating from 1675, and thousands of artifacts from then until now. The season-long Centennial Celebration of the Woodman Museum honors the institution and community in a variety of ways, as the board, staff, volunteers, members, donors, residents, and corporate partners collaborate to present meaningful and memorable programs showcasing the area’s history and plans for the future. Other events, including a Celebratory gala on Saturday, July 23, 2016, as well as family day programs, lectures, and demonstrations, will all be part of the festivities held throughout the season. Check the museum website for continuing updates. (www.woodmanmuseum.org)
Union Leader article on Centennial Celebration, May 2, 2016
The Woodman Museum was featured in an article by Kimberley Haas in the Union Leader on Monday, May 2, 2016. The article highlights items from the collection and discusses events centering around this year’s Centennial Celebration. If you didn’t catch it, read the complete article here.
Photo: Thom Hindle, curator, and Wes LaFountain, Woodman Museum. Photo by Kimberley Haas
News Release – WOODMAN MUSEUM OPENS 2016 CENTENNIAL SEASON
(March 28, 2016 – Dover, NH) — One hundred years ago, Annie E. Woodman created an institution in Dover, New Hampshire to promote the study of local history, natural sciences, and the arts. This institution developed into one of New Hampshire’s most valued treasures: the Woodman Museum, with holdings that include four historic houses, dating from 1675, and thousands of artifacts from then until now. Opening to the public on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10 a.m., the Woodman Museum invites all audiences to celebrate its 100th Anniversary year by honoring the past and looking ahead to the future. The year’s extensive list of exhibitions, programs, and events include presentations which explore both the region’s collective history and the role that artistic, social, political, and economic changes play to impact our current and future views.
Wes LaFountain states, “The Woodman Museum’s mission for the last 100 years has been to collect, preserve, and share the vibrant history of Dover and the Seacoast region, as well as examples of our common and compelling natural sciences, and innovations in the fine and decorative arts. The exhibitions in all four of our houses are reflections of this endeavor.”
The season-long celebration will honor the institution and community in a variety of ways, as the board, staff, volunteers, members, donors, residents, and corporate partners collaborate to present meaningful and memorable programs showcasing the area’s history and plans for the future. For example, on Tuesday, April 12, from 6-10 p.m., the popular 7th Settlement Brewery, 47 Washington Street, Dover, New Hampshire will unveil a special brew, Woodman IPA, in recognition of the Woodman Museum’s Centennial year. Other events, including a Celebratory gala on Saturday, July 23, 2016, as well as family day programs, lectures, and demonstrations, will all be part of the festivities held throughout the season. Check the museum website for continuing updates.
The board and staff of the Woodman Museum is saddened by the recent passing of one of its beloved supporter Dr. James Campbell, Jr., of Dermatology & Skin Health, Dover, NH. He was a committed supporter of the Museum, its exhibitions, programs, and events, and was recently named recipient of the 2015 Amanda Dempsey Award by the Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer organization.
Named in honor of Amanda Dempsey, mother of the famous actor Patrick Dempsey, this award recognizes cancer survivors who have shown extraordinary dedication to helping others navigate the challenges associated with this disease. As a two-time melanoma survivor, Dr. Campbell understood the difficulties that this disease could bring to one’s life. With this experience, Dr. Campbell not only brought extraordinary dedication and compassion to his clinical practice, but sought to extend his passion into the community, through involvement in numerous educational and prevention initiatives.
For more information, contact Dermatology & Skin Health, 784 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820, 603.742.5556, or visit http://dermskinhealth.com/about/news