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Thorne Gallery Plans Summer Exhibits

KEENE, N.H. 5/2/02 - The Dublin Art Colony will be showcased in one of two summer exhibits at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College. The second exhibit, called “Passionate Pursuits,” will feature arts, crafts, and collectibles.

Work by 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock into the 20th century, will be highlighted in the exhibition “Selections from the Collection.” The Thorne- Sagendorph has in its permanent collection several original works by Dublin Colony artists, including Barry Faulkner, Alexander James, Aimée Lamb, Richard Meryman, William Preston Phelps, and Joseph Lindon Smith. The show, which will include other artwork from the Thorne’s permanent collection, will open Saturday, June 1, continue through Wednesday, Aug. 7, and reopen Sept. 3-15 for KSC’s fall semester.

A second summer exhibition features arts, crafts, and collectibles from the Keene State College community and Friends of the Thorne. “Passionate Pursuits: Keene State College faculty, staff, and students, and Friends of the Thorne share their creations and collectibles” will open Saturday, June 15, and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Friends of the Thorne will host a reception for “Passionate Pursuits” on Wednesday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Gallery.

This show will give the Friends of the Thorne and the campus community the opportunity to share their talents and interests with the larger Monadnock community and each other, says Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne Gallery. This is not a juried show, and the Gallery will display as many items as it has room for on a first-come, first-served basis. KSC faculty, staff and students and Friends of the Thorne are asked to drop off one large item or up to three smaller pieces on Monday, June 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Gallery, and complete a short form explaining why he/she creates or collects each item.

The Friends of the Thorne also will host a lecture about the Dublin Art Colony in July. Susan Faxon, curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., will lecture on “The Art and Artists of the Dublin Art Colony” on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of KSC’s Young Student Center.

The lecture will kick off the Thorne’s fund-raising campaign to acquire more Dublin Colony artwork. A key goal of the Gallery is to acquire a broader representation of the highest quality work by this prolific group of 30 artists. The Gallery is especially interested in adding works by Frank Weston Benson, George de Forest Brush, Rockwell Kent, Lilla Cabot Perry, and Edward Tarbell. In support of this mission, the Gallery is actively seeking donations of art and contributions to enable the purchase of artwork to enhance its Dublin Art Colony holdings. The Thorne Gallery’s mission to acquire works by Dublin Art Colony artists has been endorsed by the Dublin Historical Society and by the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

During the summer the Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Gallery is closed Thursday and Friday during the summer. The lecture, reception, and exhibits 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.

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