THE ART CENTER PRESENTS A NEW EXHIBITION – “CREATING IN ISOLATION”

THE ART CENTER PRESENTS A NEW EXHIBITION – “CREATING IN ISOLATION” NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2020

 

A Virtual and In-Person Exhibit

 

By Juleen Stacy

 

As Americans and people around the world continue to adapt, adjust and struggle through the confines of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, theAward-Winning Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire has mounted a new exhibition that targets this unprecedented moment in history.  Rebecca Proctor, director of The Art Center, sent out a call to national and international artists to submit work that expressed their feelings about ‘Creating in Isolation’.  She was not specific that the work needed to be related to the pandemic and the result is a show that is cohesive, timely and surprisingly exuberant. 

 

Some works specifically address the pandemic.  There are two stunning pieces from Tim Eckler’s ‘Post Virus Infant Coalition’ sculpture series in the show: ‘Modern Medicine’ and ‘Ammunition Salvage’.  Both are disturbing creations that speak to the depths of despair this pandemic has wrought within so many of us.  Randy Rocchi’s hand-pulled screen prints continue the theme with stark single images that seemingly float in front of the words ‘Mask’, ‘Cygnus’ and ‘Detached’, effectively portraying strong emotional disconnection.  Seacoast artist Brian Wagoner’s distinctive pieces portray the brunt of emotional anguish.  There are also several artworks that have elements of fear but also of hope.  In the digital prints from Nilou Moochhala’s ‘The Virus Series’; No.43 is called ‘Clusters’, but No. 2 is called ‘Resilience’ and No. 47, ‘Renewal’.  The oil paintings of Alicia Ethridge, ‘Shared Breath, ‘Guardian’ and ‘Right Here’ also create a startling, yet strangely satisfying, bridge of both.

 

Many have experienced untold levels of compassion and support during this crisis.  The uplifting works of Margaret Bowlus-Serino speak to this aspect in her works, ‘Italians Sing During Covid Isolation’ #1 and #2 and ‘My Angel’.  The exquisite paintings ‘Fox Mask and ‘Time Collapse’ of Claire Weaver-Zeman, harken to childlike wonders, hiding, and healing.  Other pieces in this exhibition speak to more pre-pandemic ideas of solitude.  JoAnn Rohde’s empty landscapes, the quiet nature inspired mixed-media pieces of Rodee Hansen, and the intimate interiors of James Kimak provide a soothing counterpoint in the exhibition.  Whereas the energetic music and dance works of master artist Robert Weinstein remind us of a sweeter time when we could go out and enjoy a good show. 

 

All told, Rebecca Proctor has curated another wonderful exhibition.  The artists are excellent, the artwork beautifully executed, and the show puts across the theme ‘Creating In Isolation’ admirably.  

 

Visit ‘Creating In Isolation’ online here at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/ .  Once you are on the website you can see the artwork up on a virtual wall.  Hit the ‘next room’ button to see the whole show or click on the artwork to find the name of the artist, pricing, medium and size. And here’s a tip; if you click in the white space you will go to the next individual artwork in the show.  You can also see this exhibit in person.  Simply contact The Art Center at 603-978-6702 to set up an appointment. 

 

The exhibit ‘Creating In Isolation’ includes artwork of the following artists:

Seth Hamor, Claire Weaver-Zeman, Rebecca Klementovich, Nilou Moochhala, Alicia Ethridge, Roland Salazar Rose, Natalie Oliphant, Randy Rocchi, Robert Weinstein, Tim Gilbert, Rebecca Cote, James Kimak, JoAnn Rohde, Tim Eckler, Doug Vaughan, Emily Weber, Rodee Hansen, Justice McDaniel, Christopher Thibault, Margaret Bowlus-Serino. Nikki Vene, Deborah Janelle, Nettie Vaughan, Brian Wagoner, and Jazmin ‘Jaz Kitty’ Ruotolo.

 

The Art Center is located at One Washington Street, Suite 1177 in Dover, NH. 

For more information, visit www.theartcenterdover.com , call (603) 978-6702 or email theartcenterdover@gmail.com. Please follow The Art Center on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

The Art Center would like to thank resident artist Sarah Cassani for developing their online gallery. Thanks also goes to their generous sponsors for their continued support: The Closet Connection, Market Square Jewelers, Northeast Delta Dental, Michael R. Dion DMD, Family Dentistry, Dick Blick Art Supplies.

Santa for Seniors Program

Santa for Seniors Program

Strafford Meals on Wheels is looking for sponsors for our Santa for Senior program.  This program is designed to provide some needed items and holiday cheer to homebound individuals.  We could use your help making the holidays brighter for others who otherwise may have a lonely holiday season.

 

This program works with the help of businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals. There are two ways you can help by sponsoring an individual person (or persons) or just donating purchased items such as blankets, hats, warm socks, etc. that we then match up to an individual in need. We are also willing to accept monetary donations or gift cards that we can use towards purchasing gift items for our clientele on your behalf. 

 

If you choose to sponsor an individual person(s), we will supply you with suggestions, and relative information like sizes, favorite colors, hobbies, pets (if they have them), items of need, etc.  We also can provide a basic more universal list of suggested items. 

 

We ask that the gifts be dropped off to our office in Somersworth  by Wednesday December 16th or if needed arrangements may also be made to have them picked up.

 

We are serving approximately 450 homebound clients daily and many of them are at the poverty level with no local family support.  New England winters can seem long and harsh, but with your help we can brighten their day knowing others care.  Our dream  is to be able to give something to all of our clients during the holidays and with your help we hope to make this a reality.

 

Please contact us with any questions you may have or if you are willing to help. Thank you!

 

 

Suggestions for Santa Wish Lists.

 

Articles of Clothing such as:

            Gloves

            Scarves

            Hats

            Sweatshirts

            Sweaters

            Flannel shirts

            Pajamas

            Robes

            Slippers

            Heavy/warm Socks

Hobby Items/Supplies such as:

            Craft Supplies – yarn, plastic canvas, etc.

            Paints

            Puzzles

Phone Cards

Stamps

Stationery/Greeting Cards

Puzzle Books

Hot/Cold Wraps

Hard Candies

Non-perishable Food items  

Flash Lights w/batteries

Small radio w/batteries

Reading Material: books, magazines, books on tape

Magazine Subscriptions  

Blankets, throws, lap robes

Pillows

Paper goods

Toiletries – hand lotions, soaps, etc.

Hot Beverages

Calendars

Items for their pets

Table Decorations – napkins, runners, etc.

 

 

Looking for old unused dusty laptops

Looking for old unused dusty laptops. If it runs windows 7 or later, is wi-fi capable, and works well enough to do some surfing and light microsoft office type work, we can refurbish it and lend it to students for our virtual learning center. Call the Dover Adult Learning Center 603-742-1030. We are usually here Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

2020 Festival of Trees

The 2020 Festival of Trees to be held on  Friday, December 4 | 4:00-8:00pm | Rivermill at Dover Landing. Over 30 trees to be auctioned and raffled off. The event includes outdoor entertainment, refreshments, and more! Tree sponsorship is $55 for Dover Chamber of Commerce members and $75 for nonmembers. The Chamber provides the tree and tree stand. As the sponsor, you provide all of the decorations and “swag” for decorating your tree. Contact Morgan to Sponsor a Tree at (603) 742-2218  Tickets to attend this event will be available soon!

First Parish Church Holiday Fair

First Parish Church Holiday Fair. Shop online for our nontraditional, virtual 2020 Holiday Fair! Go online to place your order any time until November 13, and drive in to pickup your order November 14 from 10am-2pm at the church’s 219 Central Avenue location. Shop First Parish Church handmade crafts and quilts, tiffany collectibles, holiday café, homemade pies and baked goods, the plant room, and a quilt raffle. More Information at https://www.fpcfair.org/

Cornerstone VNA Names Lynne Gauron as LNA of the Year

Cornerstone VNA Names Lynne Gauron as LNA of the Year

 

Rochester, NH: Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, has named Lynne Gauron as their Licensed Nursing Assistant of the Year. Gauron, who joined Cornerstone VNA 5 years ago, possesses great knowledge in her field and is being recognized for the care, compassion and professionalism she demonstrates as an LNA.  

 

According to Janice Howard, Life Care – Private Duty Director at Cornerstone VNA, “Lynne strives each day to make a difference for her patients by taking extra care to meet their physical and emotional needs.” Howard adds, “Lynne is aware that Home Care patients are often times isolated. Keeping that in mind, she is always sure to go in the home with lighthearted conversation.” As her supervisor, Howard shares that Lynne is driven to provide a little sunshine along with making sure she does her best to help her patients’ live safely at home for as long as possible.

 

Colleague Sandy Powers, RN, says, “She is great at what she does, following the plan of care and going above and beyond for her patients.  She is not afraid to ask questions about her patients and she is a true advocate as well. She provides excellent care and her patients love her!” One of Lynne’s patients describes her as, “Courteous, neat and on time” and remarks that “She offers her words of encouragement for any problems I might have, we enjoy her coming and helping us.”

 

Licensed Nursing Assistants, like Lynne Gauron, provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures and often include helping with “activities of daily living,” including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and assistance with self-administration of medicine. For seniors and adults with disabilities, LNAs are often the unsung heroes who provide the care needed to help individuals age in place in their homes.

 

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Fall Fundraiser Celebrates Maine Bicentennial

Fall Fundraiser Celebrates Maine Bicentennial

 

South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society is hosting on online auction in lieu of its usual in-person History Games fundraiser this fall. The pandemic has forced so many non-profits to reimagine their fundraising strategies, and the local society is no exception. The auction will run from November 1st to November 7 th. The link to the auction is available on the OBHS website, www.oldberwick.org, and on the society’s Facebook page.

 

The fundraising committee at OBHS chose to offer items that relate to Maine, in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial year. Items range from blueberry pie, to art, to household items featuring blacks bears, and many things in between. There are over 25 items to bid on. All proceeds go directly to the maintenance of the Counting House Museum and its archives, as well as to support programs and exhibits.

 

“We have solicited a variety of fun Maine-themed items, all donated by local businesses and community members,” says Cari Quater, executive director of the society. “We wanted to do something fun, yet practical, since times are tight for everyone. This is a great way to get some early holiday shopping done while supporting our preservation and presentation of local history.”

 

The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000.

The Storage Barn Bash & Pumpkin Festival

The Storage Barn Bash & Pumpkin Festival on October 31, 4-7 p.m. $5 entry. Event activities will include: storage unit trick or treating sponsored by local businesses, themed hayride, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, photo booth sponsored by Kenyon Team Realty, magic show by BJ Hickman, Halloween games and more! Family friendly food will be provided by Smokin’ Lamps BBQ at additional cost. 27 acres for trick or treating, so there will be plenty of space for social distancing. Proceeds to benefit the Dover Childrens Home Learn more at https://thestoragebarn.com.

11th Annual Festival of the Trees with the Dover Chamber of Commerce

Annual Festival of the Trees with the Dover Chamber of Commerce

Get Your Organization Noticed

Decorate a Tree! Friday, December 4 | 4:00-8:00pm | Rivermill at Dover Landing

 

The Festival of Trees will feature over 30 trees elaborately decorated by local businesses and organizations to be auctioned and raffled off. The event will also include outdoor entertainment, refreshments, and more! As a tree sponsor, you can decorate your tree in any style you’d like. Get your business or organization noticed by hundreds of attendees from the community.

 

Tree sponsorship is $55 for Chamber members and $75 for nonmembers. The Chamber provides the tree and tree stand. As the sponsor, you provide all of the decorations and “swag” for decorating your tree. Contact Morgan to Sponsor a Tree
events@dovernh.org   |   (603) 742-2218  
Tickets to attend this event will be available soon!

Check dovernh.org/fot periodically for updates

Welcome Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA

Welcome Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA

 

Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit provider of high-quality, skilled care at home, is pleased to welcome their newest medical provider to their Palliative Care Team, Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director.

 

“The Palliative Care Medical Director is a new position within our growing Palliative Care Department,” explains Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA. “We are so pleased to have a physician joining our Palliative Care team, especially Dr. Kunkemueller, who is returning to Cornerstone VNA and eager to help us expand this important program.”

 

Dr. Kunkemueller graduated from Dartmouth School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in 2000. As a board certified Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Kunkemueller worked in a primary care setting for seven years before transitioning to hospital-based medicine in 2007. While working as a hospitalist at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kunkemueller was able to treat patients at various stages of their recovery or illness, including those at end-of-life. It was here that he began to show a deeper interest in, and appreciation for, Hospice Care. “In 2010, Cornerstone VNA reinstated their hospice license due to a growing need for hospice services, and in 2011, I was pleased to join their team as the Associate Hospice Medical Director,” shares Kunkemueller.

 

Dr. Kunkemueller worked as the Associate Hospice Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA until 2018, and then went to Exeter Hospital. Since that time, Dr. Kunkemueller has continued to work closely with Cornerstone VNA as a referral partner, and has been intrigued by how Palliative Care positively impacts the lives of people living with chronic illnesses by providing improved coordination of care and symptom management. In his new role as Palliative Care Medical Director, Dr. Kunkemueller will be instrumental in fostering relationships with referral partners, and educating patients and medical professionals of the benefits of Palliative Care. Additionally, he will be providing Palliative Care consultations at both Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. As a valuable member of the Cornerstone VNA medical team, he will also provide support and guidance to the Hospice Medical Director and Hospice Team as needed.

 

“I am so pleased to be coming back to Cornerstone VNA to help them further expand their Palliative Care program,” Kunkemueller shares. “As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA is well-anchored in the community and has a solid reputation for providing high-quality care at home.” Kunkemueller added that he is looking forward to spending more time with patients, getting to know their health goals, and working with them to develop an appropriate care path.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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