A studio art professor at Dartmouth, Soo Sunny Park builds sculptures out of stuff from Home Depot--chain link fencing, wire, Plexiglass, drywall and rebar--and yet somehow attains such delicate beauty that the fashion company Delpozo recently cited her for inspiring its spring clothing line. Park’s sculptures glitter and sparkle and elude easy synopsis. She’ll present slides of her work as she discusses her process.
A graduate of Gilmanton School, Justin Guarino is an elite mountaineer who’s notched first ascents in India and on the remote crags of Mount Washington, where he savors training amid the world’s worst weather. Now an instructor at the International Mountain Climbing School, in North Conway, he’ll discuss his outdoor adventures in Gilmanton and the wider world.
Gilmanton native Chelsey Philpot is the author of two novels, Even in Paradise and Be Good Be Real Be Crazy, and also a journalist who’s written for The New York Times and Slate. She’ll discuss how Gilmanton shaped her writing career and inspired her fiction.
[This event will take place at the Gilmanton Year Round Library, 1385 New Hampshire Route 140.] David Rowell is the deputy editor of The Washington Post Magazine and also an amateur drummer. His new nonfiction book, Wherever the Sound Takes You, sees him traveling the world, moving between the Swiss Alps and a death metal concert in Maryland, as he meditates on musicians’ close relationships with their instruments.
Gilmanton artist Nick Pugh creates vehicles for the movie industry. He designed futuristic circa 2030 cars for the 2017 neo-western, Logan, and his current projects in production are Ad Astra, The First, and Star Wars EP9 . He’ll talk about vehicles of the future and the process of building movie cars and will also briefly discuss his paintings and architecture projects.
A Gilmanton summer resident, Alaiyo Bradshaw is a professor and associate director of the first-year program at Parsons School of Design, in New York. She has done illustrations for The New York Times Magazine and for the TV news show 20/20. Her images also appear on her custom made line of apparel and accessories. She'll discuss the tensions between realism and surrealism in her work and throughout art history.
Rudi Blesh in 1968, with Gilmantonite Diana Sumner.
No other Gilmanton resident will ever be as hep as Rudi Blesh (1899-1985), a music critic whose forties-era radio show, This is Jazz, championed a musical genre then almost unknown to white America. A personal friend of Louis Armstrong and Baby Dodds, Blesh founded Circle Records, which preserved the music of jazz greats such as Jelly Roll Morton and also wrote a biography of silent movie star Buster Keaton. Blesh’s grandson, Carl Hultberg, a Danbury, New Hampshire poet, will share photos, music, and memories from the jazz legend’s life.
A Laconia-based yoga instructor, exercise guru and hillbilly endurance athlete, Kale Poland is also the progenitor of a new philosophy of physical fitness. “Cleetus Fit” eschews the gymnasium and sees practitioners hoisting large rocks, mud wrestling with cows, and sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon while seated in the Lotus position. Come listen to Kale reveal Cleetus secrets—and find out why 40 people show up each time he leads a yoga class atop Gunstock Mountain.
A Gilford High School grad, Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the associate director of the MFA Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence and the author, most recently, of My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer. She'll read from her new collection, Dolefully, A Rampart Stands, forthcoming from Penguin.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes and the winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award. She teaches English at Montpelier High School.
A lifelong Gilmanton summer resident and an art history professor at Clark University, in Worcester, Kristina Wilson is a leading expert on furniture design and the author of Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression, published by Yale University Press. Now at work on a new book about the 1950s, Wilson will discuss how the Herman Miller Furniture Company incorporated ‘exotic’ tourist art from faraway lands in its advertising to give its products—including storage pieces, tables, and chairs—a global, cosmopolitan air.
As he grew up in Lima, Peruvian-born photographer Hector Emanuel regarded Lake Titicaca, which straddles the Peruvian-Bolivian border high in the Andes, as a timeless, almost mythical place. More recently, he's made six extended trips to the lake to record the festivals and daily lives of the Aymara and Quechua peoples living on the shores--and to connect with the spirit of his great-great-grandfather Carlos, a photographer and musician who lived by Lake Titicaca in the late nineteenth century. Emanuel will discuss his Lake Titicaca project and other work, including his coverage of the Colombian civil war, which has earned him awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the World Press Photo Foundation.
A new documentary by Kevin Bowe, Democracy Through the Looking Glass dives deep into the rabbit hole of the 2016 New Hampshire primary to portray how polarized and hateful American politics has become in an era of fake news and lightning-fast social media. Following the 75-minute film, we’ll host a discussion featuring Bowe and Gilmanton resident/Boston University political scientist Virginia Sapiro asking how today’s citizens can engage in civil discourse and build harmony across party lines. Attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share or, alternatively, a friend of whose politics differ from their own.
After the internet blossomed in the late 1990s, the American newspaper all but died, and it was rumored that radio would likewise fade to oblivion. Instead, the medium reinvented itself, delivering a bevy of new shows spanning the breadth of what “radio” can be. Gilmanton Iron Works native Sam Evans-Brown is host of one such show, Outside/In, which airs weekly on New Hampshire Public Radio, exploring the natural world and how we use it. He'll talk about how radio's renaissance is playing out at NHPR, and about how he conceived his show and what he hopes it can become.
"How the Zombies Stole Christmas," a haunted house tour for children of all ages. What if Christmas was frightening? What if Santa Claus was not a jovial fatso, but rather an emaciated wraith with a taste for bats' blood and an eerie cackling laugh? What if every Christmas tree in the land was decorated with human bones that jangled in the cold wind? Come get your answers to these and other urgent questions as the Scriven Arts Colony's across-the-street neighbor, eighth grader Chas Townsend joins a few of his cronies from The Gilmanton School's theater club to transform our barn into a nightmarish wonderland.
[THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.] “Taste of Gilmanton,” a farm-to-table dinner consisting solely of Gilmanton-raised food. When he wrote his definitive History of Gilmanton in 1845, the Reverend Daniel Lancaster said, “Gilmanton is one of the best farming towns in the State. In the article of wheat, Gilmanton in 1840 surpassed all other towns. In neat cattle, Gilmanton produced by 1000 more than any other town.” Today, Gilmanton is reclaiming its agricultural roots. Sheep graze near Gilmanton Corners. Bison range the hills, and the back roads are awash in farm stands selling organic rutabaga and artisan relish. At Taste of Gilmanton, we’ll celebrate the renaissance and behold the mastery of two Gilmanton chefs—Steve Owens, who teaches culinary arts at Southern New Hampshire University, and Sarah Baldwin-Welcome, the founder of Provincial Palate, a maker of gourmet mustards. Tickets are $35 apiece. Send payment to Paula Gilman, 50 Hawkins Lane, Gilmanton, NH03837. Make checks payable to Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (or simply AANNH) and put Taste of Gilmanton in the subject line. You will receive your tickets in the US mail.
Iichiilish Daik: Going to the Horses is a documentary about Charlie Real Bird, an elder within Montana’s Crow Indian tribe and a breeder and trainer of American Paint race horses. Poetic and poignant and savvy to the complexities of Native American culture and history, the film lingers intimately on the ceremonies the Crow hold to honor their special relationship with the horse. It also considers the long journey that filmmaker Robin Starbuck made as she became, over six years of visiting the Crow, an adopted daughter of the Real Bird family. Starbuck teaches filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College and will be in attendance for this world premier of Iichiilish Daik, which soon play at film festivals in New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Watch a trailer of the film here. Following the film, Paul Pouliot, the chief of the Alton, NH-based Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People will join Starbuck in leading a discussion.
It is rumored that poet Robert Frost once slept at the Scriven Arts Colony, his wizened brow against the splintery floor of the barn. But the old curmudgeon is dead now, and it falls to his heirs to reinvent New England poetry. Come watch them in action as we deliver readings from Gilmanton summer resident Sharon Olson, author of the acclaimed collection, The Long Night of Flying, and Vermont poet William Stratton, a Pushcart Prize nominee whose muscular, plainspoken poems celebrate the natural world and the grit of hardworking country people. An additional poet, Katherine Ferrier, will bring her 1950 manual typewriter to craft spontaneous poems upon request. Ferrier is the impresario behind WREN, an art gallery and community hub in Bethlehem, NH.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE START TIME FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 7 P.M.
Exactly 60 years ago—and shortly after she moved to Gilmanton—novelist Grace Metalious published her 1956 blockbuster, Peyton Place, which aired the pettiness, the crimes and the carnality of, ahem, a small town in New Hampshire. Metalious died in 1964, but to many Gilmantonites, her words still sting as a condemnation of the town that they love. Rumors abound as to how she spent her eight years in Gilmanton. Grace’s daughter, Marsha Duprey, will be on hand to set the record straight. Robert Perreault, author of Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, will speak on Grace's childhood, and Scriven Arts Colony founder, writer Bill Donahue, will briefly explore Gilmanton's love/hate relationship with its most controversial author.
Photographer Matthew Nighswander is a graduate of Gilmanton School, Yale University, and Columbia College Chicago. Now a multimedia editor for NBC News in New York, he has recently been photographing his hometown, finding a quiet and haunting magic in the landscape of his childhood. As he presents these photos and other projects, he'll discuss the transformative power of photography and the rise of digital media.