Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The dust is clear and political caravans have long since left the Granite State for South Carolina and beyond. I thought it would be fun to point out that there is more to New Hampshire than skiing and a quad-annual circus of a political primary. Manchester is home to an internationally renowned art museum: the Currier Museum of Art. I am planning a trip off the island and up north to the Currier at the end of the month. My second in recent years. This museum in a little treasure tucked away safely on a side street of a sleepy Northern New England city.
From their website: "The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours, and programs year-round. The museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House."
There are several goodies that are of interest and have me excited to return,
1.) The Henry Melville Fuller Paperweight Collection: 330 high quality glass paperweights from great glasshouses and artist in Europe and the United States.
2.) A fantastic ceramics collection including the works of Mary and Edwin Scheier.
3.)And finally two works by a true itinerant. The Portrait of Mark, Abigail and Lois Susan Demeritt (1835 watercolor, ink and graphite on paper - shown above) and a drawing of Bartholomew Van Dame (1836 watercolor, ink and graphite on paper) both by itinerant Joseph H. Davis. Davis painted more than 150 watercolor portraits of prosperous middle-class men, women, and children who lived along the Maine-New Hampshire border.
I plan to blog more about the Scheiers and Joseph H. Davis. folk pottery and a identified itinerant, how could I not. I may also at some time talk about the Medieval works at the Currier. However, for now I will say, visit the Currier and if you have been there, head back!