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Passionate Pursuits Comes to the Thorne

Copper sculpture by Doug Adler of Walpole
Copper sculpture by Doug Adler of Walpole

KEENE, N.H., 5/24/10 - Keene State College alumni, faculty, staff, and community partner the Friends of the Thorne will share their art, crafts, collectibles, and what they are passionate about in a summer exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. This exhibit, called “Passionate Pursuits: Keene State College Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Our Community Partner the Friends of the Thorne Share Their Creations and Collectibles,” will open Friday, June 4, and continue through Sunday, July 25; it will reopen Friday, September 3, through Thursday, September 30. The Friends of the Thorne will host a public reception on Friday, June 4, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

This non-juried exhibit, the third “Passionate Pursuits” at the Thorne, presents an opportunity to share and appreciate the talent of more than 23 residents who live in the Monadnock Region and are members of the KSC family and Friends of the Thorne. The exhibit includes many examples of painting, photography, graphic design, sculpture, and wood and textile art, as well as jewelry, carvings, and paper designs.

Each participant in this exhibit has written a label explaining why they are passionate about what they are contributing to the exhibit and what the Thorne Gallery means to them and the community. The most common theme expressed in these explanations is the need for a vehicle for creative expression. Whether for recreation or as a diversion from the workaday world, or as a way of life, people have a need to engage in some form of art.

“Today, people are so busy that they seldom have time to get to know each other in a meaningful way. This exhibit provides a glimpse of the talent, knowledge, and interests that are so much a part of the lives of our colleagues and neighbors,” explained Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne Gallery.

The gallery is open during June and July from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday and Sunday, July 4, for Independence Day. From September to December, the gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. It will be closed Monday, September 6, for Labor Day. The exhibit and reception 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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