Attention New Hampshire, Calling all inner artists!

I always tell my students that we all have strengths and weaknesses and everyone in society is important-it is like one big puzzle and everyone plays an important role. Take farm horses, for example. Some of them can pull up to 4,000 pounds by themselves but  when one horse works together with another horse they can pull up to 12,000 pounds. Things really can get accomplished when we respect and accept each other’s differences and work together.

paintersI have always loved the arts, but I certainly did not excel in it. Case in point-one of my favorite paintings I did in grade school was entitled Purple Mountains Majesty. I thought it could have been hung in the Louvre and done by one of those famous Ninja Turtles, I mean artists, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, or Donatello!

A few years back my parents redid the house and decided to put some of our childhood artwork up in frames. There was my masterpiece hanging over the kitchen table and HA! It was upside down! My mother then says with pride, “I hung up your beautiful painting of the whale in the ocean.” I was shocked, totally shocked. It was a mountain overlooking the lake, which now makes me think after the fact…maybe I was meant to live in the Lakes Region?! A whale and a mountain, my version of the Rorschach test I guess!

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I thought it looked like this but apparently not, thanks Mom.

I always took art classes in high school (even if my work was never the example of how to do something) when it fit into my schedule and I even took Intro to Music at Plymouth State, which by the way was one of my favorite classes in college taught by the amazing Dr. Swift. Some of my best friends are artists and my home is well decorated with their amazing masterpieces. (I always feel smart when I get an art question correct at team trivia)

I made my first and last stage debut as Dopey in the 4th grade class play of Snow White. I played clarinet throughout middle school but let’s face it, I was the kid in the back so you wouldn’t even hear my instrument squeak. Yet, I wrote creative stories for fun growing up and I have always loved to take photos. 

Even though I didn’t become a professional in the arts, I respect all artists out there, for what they bring to society and teach us through their creative sides. Don’t get me wrong I am a very creative person, especially when it comes to event planning, fundraisers, and lesson plans, but when it comes to paintings and artwork, the only place that anyone will ever see that displayed is at the next family party at my parent’s house.

Last weekend I got to tap into my inner artist and the proof is hanging in my kitchen! I planned a girl’s night at Muse Paint Bar in Manchester. Not only was it very easy to find, they even had free parking! I met my friends there at 6:30 and then at 7 PM sharp we started our lesson. The three hours flew by, I had a lot of laughs with the girls and at the end of the night, I left Muse with my very own masterpiece. (I must have a lot of confidence to show it off or perhaps it is more of a conversation starter when I host parties). If you haven’t checked out Muse yet I would highly recommend it! It’s definitely something different to do on a Friday or Saturday night with your friends and honestly, I can’t wait to go back! They also offer family nights! Fun for all ages!

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Look to your right, that’s my painting!   Do you know what this is?!?!

February has turned into an “arty” month and I am certainly getting my fix. One of my college friends and fellow class officer is on the board of advisors of the The Museum of the White Mountains which opens this month on the campus of Plymouth State. I can’t wait to catch up and see all of the hard work that has gone into the museum. The Museum has free admission and will display pictures and artifacts from the region. “The Museum of the White Mountains preserves and promotes the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region; as well as provide unique collections-based, archival, and digital learning resources serving students, researchers and the public.”

Also this month The Laconia Historical & Museum Society is holding a free lecture at the Laconia Public Library entitled “The History of Jazz.”

There are so many great Museums to visit in NH. You can find a NH Museum near you by on Stay Work Play’s website.

Also, did you know that if you are a NH student (grade school, high school, or college) you can get a free pass to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts because of a NH born couple the McLanes?! Pretty cool, huh. Currently the Museum has an exhibit entitled: Art of the White Mountains! You can find out more information here .

What do you do to tap into your inner artist?