COTC to OHD and now AOTC

No sooner are the Old Home Day festivities over on the Town Common and the last notes of the Concert on the Common has faded, it is time for Art on the Common.

September 8th will mark the annual Art on the Common showcase event where artists will put forth a multiple blend of high quality art. This juried event is sure to be a winner as different categories have been included. This makes it more of an art event as it includes a wide range of talent.

My curiosity was peaked with how the Londonderry Arts Council has opened the way for other art forms to participate in the day. I decided to participate, excited in the way this year will be different. I am looking forward to see artists and people I know from Londonderry and to meet new artists with their brand of new and unique styles.

Being part of Eagle Eyes, a community organization in Manchester, has broadened my artistic plate. Over the past four years I have painted on brick, cement, barn and garage doors. I would never have thought to attempt painting murals had I not been given the challenge through Eagle Eyes.

Now my work has grown in size. I don’t know if I could paint smaller!

Hope to see many of you on September 8th from 10-4 pm. in Londonderry on the Common. The day is sure to be full of surprises!

Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.


Village of Fine Art Coming to Town Common

Londonderry’s annual Art on the Common will be taking place September 10, 2011 on the Town Common. Hosted by the Londonderry Arts Council, the “Village of Fine Art” event will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM and will feature many local artists from New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded to some of the many oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink and colored pencil exhibits.

This year’s artists are as follows:

  • Ginny Nickerson, Deerfield, NH
  • Dana Brown, Derry, NH
  • Corrine Dodge, Derry, NH
  • Ingeborg Seaboyer, Derry, NH
  • Elizabeth Winchester-Larson, Keene, NH
  • Irene Goddu, Laconia, NH
  • Dennis Braje, Londonderry, NH
  • Elaine Farmer, Londonderry, NH
  • Susan Hanna, Londonderry, NH
  • Barbara Scott, Londonderry, NH
  • Michael J. Toomy, Londonderry, NH
  • Janice Donnelly, Manchester, NH
  • Maria Williams, Manchester, NH
  • Don Reed, Merrimack, NH
  • Charlene Engel, Nashua, NH
  • Harriet Winchester, Nashua, NH
  • Hal Kirby, Newmarket, NH
  • Barbara Barclay, Salem, NH
  • Tina Gagnon, Salem, NH
  • Debra Grubbs, Salem, NH
  • Marcia Harris, Salem, NH
  • Mary Ann Manning, Salem, NH
  • Betti Williams, Strafford, NH
  • Patricia Crowley, Windham, NH
  • Lili Mayer, Windham, NH
  • Joseph Cousins, Freeport, ME
  • Paula Charles, Acton, MA
  • Branden Keegan, Lowell, MA
  • John Paul Marmonti, Waltham, MA

Judges this year are Kim Roth and Lori Woodward Simons. Roth was born and educated in Australia and attended the National Art and the Julian Art Schools in Sydney. He teaches Acrylics, Watercolor, and Drawing at the Kimball School of Art in Concord, New Hampshire as well as conducts classes at EW Poore in Manchester. He will return to Australia to teach classes next year.

Simons, of Woodward Arts and Instruction, is a freelance arts writer for American Artists, Watercolor, Workshop and International Artists magazines. She also coauthored “Watercolor Step by Step”, a Walter Foster publication. She received her Bachelors degree in Art Education from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Putney Painters in Vermont, an invitational group mentored by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

During Art on the Common, the Friends of Music will be selling mums from 10 AM to 2 PM. The plants were donated by Orchard Hill Greenhouse on Pillsbury Road and benefits will go directly to the Friends of Music general fund. Art on the Common is free to the public. The rain date is September 11, 2011.


Art in the Heart of Londonderry

The Londonderry Arts Council will be hosting its sixth annual Fine Art Exhibit on the Town Common. Appropriately called Art on the Common, the event will be held on Saturday, September 11, and will be comprised of many different forms of artwork.

Art on the Common will feature works of art in the categories of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing and Color Pencils, and Mixed Media. Many of the artists are award winning, and even national award winning, artists. There are expected to be over 50 participating exhibitors in this year’s event.

Works of art from each category will also be awarded prizes. Artists will have the opportunity to take home a first, second, or third place ribbon. Winners of first place will also receive a monetary award.

Don’t miss Art on the Common!

Saturday, September 11 from 10 AM until 4 PM

Rain date Sunday, September 12 from 10 AM until 4 PM

Located on the Town Common, on the corner of Mammoth Road and Pillsbury Road

If you’re interested in having your art showcased at this year’s event, be sure to visit this website for an application or call Barbara Scott at 603-434-4799. Exhibitors pay $50 each, and must have artwork in the following categories: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing/Color Pencil, and Mixed Media. No computer generated art, photographs (digitally enhanced or altered) or crafts of any kind will be accepted.

For more great shots of last year’s Art on the Common, visit our darkroom. And remember, all photos are available for purchase!