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New Hampshire mug purchased at the Hooksett rest stop features Old Man of the Mountain printed backward.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

About face: Mug shows Old Man facing wrong way

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Someone in the general store at the Welcome Center in Hooksett told Barbara Francis to look a little closer at the mug she was thinking of buying. It didn’t take long for Francis, of Bow, to figure it out. “The Old Man of the Mountain was facing the wrong way,” Francis said. She didn’t buy the mug. “Why have something …

Ray Duckler: A teacher, a student, a schooner, a film

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The schooner is the story. Or is it? Maybe it’s the people Keith King loved who have died, or the bumper sticker-like philosophies he espouses about life, or his unconventional method of teaching at Keene State College, or the award-winning documentary that tied it all together during last fall’s Somewhere North Of Boston, …

Art that’s really real: Step back in time to the photorealism movement at Currier

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diners, cars, motel signs, gum wrappers and empty lettuce boxes may seem like mundane subjects unworthy of an artist’s attention. But that was before some photographers started taking notice and began creating a new type of art in the 1970s. Photorealism turned the art world on its head. There is a fine collection …

Art studio on the move in Boscawen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boscawen’s new artist gallery and workshop was very slowly on the move yesterday. The former town office building had been loaded onto a flatbed and was blocking traffic as it inched toward the split of routes 3 and …

Carol Burnett returns to Broadway, happily

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Carol Burnett doesn’t want to brag, but she’s done it with a lot of famous guys. Her first time was with Leslie Nielsen, then Tony Roberts. She did it twice with Charlton Heston, twice with Cliff Robertson, once …

John Stark ceramics students to fire pottery with ancient kind of kiln

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bess Robblee’s Ceramics II class at John Stark Regional High School is getting the rare opportunity to fire pottery in the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s newly constructed Anagama kiln in Sharon. Unlike most kilns, which are fired …

Boston to unveil statue of writer Edgar Allen Poe

Monday, October 6, 2014

Boston is finally embracing native son Edgar Allen Poe more than 160 years after his death, despite his notoriously frosty relations with the city’s literary elite of his time. The city unveiled a Poe statue yesterday at the …

Really unreal: Familiar, unfamiliar mix in exhibit spanning the career of M.C. Escher

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Can a floor be a ceiling? Can stairways go up and up and still lead back to the same place? M.C. Escher thought so. Mention M. C. Escher and most people think of his physically impossible images of …

Denim’s popularity fades

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet versatile …

Seasonal exhibit at Mill Brook Gallery in Concord features gallery director’s work

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pamela Tarbell might be best known for highlighting and celebrating the artwork of others through the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord. But with the latest exhibition, Dancing Leaves: A Fall Celebration, some of her artwork …

Concord: STEP RIGHT UP

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A strong-faced woman holds a giant dead-eyed fish like a prize in her bare hands, a crisp study in black and white. In the background, spectating eyes pick up a sinister-looking man in a bear suit, watching, waiting. …

EGYPT: Belly-dancing TV show suspended by religious body

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Egypt’s top religious body demanded yesterday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic. The call by Dar al-Ifta, …

Sculptor Gay Haven Smith takes the toughest of materials and makes them sing

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One thinks of the likes of granite, lead and rock as pretty tough stuff. But put them in the hands of Gary Haven Smith and they shimmy, bend and even dance to his will. The New Hampshire-based sculptor …