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Sharon Arts Center to Present VINX in Concert Oct. 8th

One man, one voice, one drum: internationally renowned singer/songwriter/percussionist/recording artist Vinx will present a concert Saturday, Oct. 8 at Sharon Arts Center’s Downtown Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove St. While Vinx travels across the U.S. and abroad giving concerts, his appearance at Sharon Arts presents the first opportunity for VinxNew Hampshire area residents to hear him perform.

Tickets for the concert, which begins at 7:30 pm, are $20 and can be purchased at the Gallery or by calling (603) 924-7676.

A native of Kansas City but now a resident of Peterborough, Vinx has received accolades from musicians such as Stevie Wonder, who said of him, “Vinx is the gift you give to someone that you really care about.” Modern Drummer magazine writes: “Imagine a classic R & B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a cappella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx’s magic…it’s his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen.”

From world class athlete, recording the second longest triple jump in the world and chosen for the U.S. Olympic Team 1980, to founder and visionary of the acclaimed Songwriter’s Soul Kitchen workshops, Vinx says he has followed his mother’s advice, “You can’t sing of life unless you live it!”

Notable artists he has performed with include Ernie Watts, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Cassandra Wilson, Rickie Lee Jones and Taj Mahal. His music is classified by some as jazz, by some as world music and by others as soul. After watching him perform, Sting said: “I could hear every nuance and inflection of his baritone voice swooping and soaring through melodies that had me open mouthed, gaping in that telling combination of wonder and envy that great artists sometimes provoke. This is a rare talent.”

Rare, too, is this opportunity for area music lovers.

The mission of Sharon Arts Center, a non-profit organization, is to engage the community in the artistic process, to support and serve artists and craftspeople, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitons, and the promotion and sale of arts and crafts as well as through special programs and event

Sharon Arts center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, NH–a Fine Craft Gallery, a Juried Artist Member Gallery, and an Exhibition Gallery at Depot Square.

Vinx

The Sharon Arts Fine Crafts Exhibition Gallery is accessed through Depot Square and 30 Grove St. in downtown Peterborough. The Craft Gallery is located in Depot Square in Downtown Peterborough. Store and Exhibition Gallery hours are: Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 – 5 pm.

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Moveable Type Open Workshop with Kyle Durrie

Wednesday, October 5, 4-7pm Moveable Type Truck
At the Exhibition Gallery

refreshments – raffle – “open truck” workshop

Moveable Type is a mobile print shop built into the back of an old delivery truck. Within these tight quarters, Kyle has created an efficient and fully functional shop, with a small table top press for printing smaller work, and a larger proof press, capable of printing larger posters. She is in the midst of a 9+ month tour all over the country, and into Canada, too. She’ll be visiting schools, art spaces, city parks, music festivals, craft shows, parties, and anywhere else that has an interest in learning about printing the old fashioned way…

“I find printing to be such an empowering action, and it’s also just really fun to do. I want to share it with other people. And letterpress printing, specifically, has so much history and tradition behind it. I think it’s a really powerful contrast to today’s computerized world, and can actually serve as a useful tool to better understand that world. I also just love to travel, to experience this enormous country of ours. To pull into a new town, walk around, and see how other people live, learn about the things that are important to them. I’m looking forward to being inspired by the places this project will take me, and the people I will meet.

ABOUT KYLE DURRIE:

“I am Kyle Durrie, proprietor of Power and Light Press, a letterpress studio specializing in inappropriate greeting cards as well as posters, music packaging, and custom stationery. I have been letterpress printing since 2006, and got my start through classes at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (Portland, OR) and Pratt Art Center (Seattle, WA), as well as through independent study and apprenticeships at Blue Barnhouse (Asheville, NC) and Wolfe Editions (Portland, ME). I received my BA in 2002 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a focus in drawing and printmaking and, in 2004, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. I have also done residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), the Contemporary Artists Center (North Adams, MA), and the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum (Two Rivers, WI). Power and Light Press is based out of Portland, Oregon.”

www.type-truck.com

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A Concert with Vinx

Saturday, October 8 Vinx
The Sharon Arts Center Gallery
Depot Street, Peterborough, NH
7:30pm    $20 all ages

www.vinx.com

“The first time I saw Vinx was in a little club in Santa Monica called “At My Place”.  I’d just been to the movies and was walking back to my car when it started to rain, so I stepped into the club, ordered a beer and sat down to wait for the rain to stop.  At the other end of the club there was a guy with blue hair playing an African talking drum.  Just him and a drum, no band; I could hear every nuance and inflection of his baritone voice swooping and soaring through melodies that had me open mouthed, gaping in that telling combination of wonder and envy that great artists sometimes provoke.  The most interesting thing about his melodies was that within a single vocal line he was able to suggest the harmonic structure of the song without an accompanying chordal instrument.  This is a rare talent.  I stayed until the end of the set and introduced myself backstage.  I asked if he had a record contract, he said he didn’t; now he does.  I wanted this record to produce the same effect on the listener that our accidental meeting had on me. He is unique. His music didn’t need to be overly dressed up, it is already elegant.  My job as producer was merely to be enthusiastic; you don’t advise those who already know, you don’t have to fire up someone who is already burning with passion. Vinx has something to say. Let him tell you himself.”  ~ Sting

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OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION BY ARTIST MARY ISELIN AT SHARON ARTS CENTER SEPT. 24

As part of its Faculty Exhibit, “Passion for Art: Pass It On,” the Sharon Arts Center is holding a series of artist talks and demonstrations at their Downtown Gallery, 30 Grove St.

On Sat., Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 pm Mary Iselin of Marlborough, NH will present an oil painting demonstration. Known for her light-filled, luminous paintings of sheep, lambs, and horses as well as plein air landscapes, Iselin is a member of the Sharon Arts Center’s School of Art & Craft faculty. 

Oil painting by Mary Iselin

Oil painting by Mary Iselin

Since she’s spent the last 30 years on a working farm in the Monadnock region of NH, Iselin’s subject matter is all around her. “I see the horse as a bridge connecting spirit with everyday reality,” she says, “and the sheep and lambs which become my models are chosen  for the ability of their fleece to take the light….I paint horses the way some artists would paint a bowl of fruit:  as a vehicle to explore light, color, atmosphere, and, most of all, spirit. The longer I paint, and I have been painting most of my life, the more I feel that the point is to just paint.  Techniques can be learned, styles can be copied, but when all is said and done, it is the artist’s honest response to his motif that creates art.”

For more information about Iselin’s demonstration, as well as an upcoming artist talk by Marylise Reilly-Fajal on Oct. 6 from 5 to 6:30 pm and a Polymer Clay mini-workshop by Connie Gray on Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 pm, call (603) 924-7676.

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"PAINT OUT WEEK" PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY AT SHARON ARTS GALLERY DURING SEPTEMBER

On display at the Sharon Arts Downtown Gallery through Sept. 30 will be works created during the sixth annual “Paint Out Week” event held in August, in which Sharon Arts juried member artists painted en plein air throughout various Peterborough area locations including Macdowell Lake, Noone Falls, Putnam Park, Depot Park, and all along Main Street and Grove Street.

Artists whose work will be displayed include Joan Tierney, Barbara Busenbark, Judith Prager, Carol Anne Centre, Robert Cole, Sharon Jordan Bahosh, Leonardo Rodriguez, Toni Garland, Jane Blake, Ellen Friel, Betty Glass, Ann Sawyer, Joyce Kingman, Emily Trespas, Jeanette Atkinson, Jeff Newcomer, and Maryann Mullett.
For more information call (603) 924-7676.

The mission of Sharon Arts Center, a non-profit organization, is to engage the community in the artistic process, to support and serve artists and craftspeople, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitons, and the promotion and sale of arts and crafts as well as through special programs and events.

Sharon Arts center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, NH–a Fine Craft Gallery, a Juried Artist Member Gallery, and an Exhibition Gallery at Depot Square.

The Sharon Arts Fine Crafts Exhibition Gallery is accessed through Depot Square and 30 Grove St. in downtown Peterborough. The Craft Gallery is located in Depot Square in Downtown Peterborough. Store and Exhibition Gallery hours are: Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 – 5 pm.

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Kate Lenahan – Image Samples

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Jean Meinhardt – Image Samples

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Fernando Martins – Image Samples

Fernando Martins Image Samples

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Tanya Prather – Image Samples

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Soosen Dunholter – Image Samples

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