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Tour American Decorative Arts Exhibit at the Thorne

KEENE, N.H. 7/7/03 - The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery will host a tour of the art exhibit “Cultural Collectibles in America” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, in conjunction with Chautauqua 2003, “Between the Wars: America in the Twenties and Thirties,” July 24-26 at Keene State College.

Harrisville art collector Léandre Poisson will give the tour through “Cultural Collectibles,” which includes many objects of American design from a Z chair to a breakfast oven, that he has collected, as well as objects on loan from the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Horatio Colony Museum. To complement the Chautauqua theme, the exhibit showcases American decorative arts that reflect the culture of the 1920s and 1930s. It is supported by a grant for the N.H. Humanities Council, the organizer of Chautauqua.

Chautauqua consists of daytime workshops and evening tent shows with costumed actors portraying Eleanor Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neal Hurston, Amelia Earhart, and Henry Ford. Local teenagers also don costumes and present figures from America’s past during Young Chautauqua. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to the three-day event held on the quad at Keene State College. For a schedule of tent shows and workshops for children and adults, contact: the New Hampshire Humanities Council, 603-224-4071 or

Also on exhibit at the Thorne is “Selections from the Collection,” featuring art from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around Mount Monadnock at the turn of the 20th century. The Thorne’s permanent collection has several works by nationally recognized artists from the Dublin Colony, including Barry Faulkner, Alexander James, Aimée Lamb, Richard Meryman, William Preston Phelps, and Joseph Lindon Smith.

“Cultural Collectibles in America” and “Selections from the Collection” will be exhibited through Saturday, Aug. 6. During the summer, the Thorne Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Both exhibits and the tour are free and open to the public. Located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, the gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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