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NH Folk Art: By the People. For the People.
Portsmouth New Hampshire Art Gallery

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NameNH Folk Art: By the People. For the People.
Address10 Middle St
10 Mi
Brief DescriptionAn eclectic exhibition with something for everyone.
CategoryArt Gallery
DescriptionIn the main gallery: New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, for the People presents an array of fascinating objects of artistic beauty and cultural significance from the eighteenth century to the present. These diverse works of art were created outside the formal academic tradition by artists, craftsmen, and other individuals from the Granite State. Many are cherished portraits, mourning pictures, or landscapes, integrally connected to families, place, and the community. Others are vernacular objects—furniture, trade signs, weather vanes, decoys and other wood carvings, scrimshaw, fire buckets, quilts, samplers, needlework—that have been embellished to add visual interest and a dash of pleasure to everyday life, or that are simple abstract forms. Still others reflect attempts to retain and cherish elements of a traditional visual culture by people from various lands who are simultaneously undergoing acculturation into American society. Many are individualistic works that reflect their maker’s personal aesthetic vision, or commercial products that reflect the desire of many individuals to create and to own art, broadly conceived. In all, as art “for the people” made “by the people,” these works reflect the taste and perspective of a wide swath of New Hampshire’s citizens over time, and occasionally challenge conventional definitions of the term “art.” Each has its own unique story to tell.

In the balcony gallery, enjoy a companion exhibit by NH League of Craftsmen.

Phone 1(603) 436-8433
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance45 minutes
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Last Updated5/7/2019
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