In the Merrimack Valley branch of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, Saturday, September 15 features two events, each of which will provide visitors with a unique experience.
At the Currier Museum of Art, September 15 marks the opening of Hauling, an exhibition by commissioned artist Ethan Murrow, who will transform 100 feet of gallery space into an ambitious installation of hand-drawn, panoramic murals.
The exhibition will additionally include works on paper and a monumental, industrial-type, kinetic sculpture, all of which will be researched and created by Murrow with other artists, craftspeople, historians and New Hampshire citizens.
Hauling is inspired by the history of the Manchester region and its people with an emphasis on labor, manufacturing, and the area’s natural resources. The installation process will be on public view in the weeks leading up to the exhibition’s opening.
To learn more, visit www.currier.org.
Canterbury Artisans Festival
On September 15, Canterbury Shaker Village will host the Canterbury Artisans Festival. Celebrating local artisans with a craft fair and farmer’s market, live music, family fun craft activities, farm animals, and demonstrations ranging from broom making to bee keeping and blacksmithing, the event is like no other.
“Visitors are able to experience the legacy of the Shakers by catching a tour of the Village or by wandering our beautiful historic grounds,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager. “The festival connects back and honors the Shakers’ 200+ year role as manufactures of quality handcrafted goods.”
This popular annual events reflects the mission of Canterbury Shaker Village, which is “dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.”
To learn more about the Canterbury Artisans Festival, visit www.shakers.org.
More About The Trail
Divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Region–the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail “connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire.”
“In each of our three sections, there is so much diversity and history that spans more than 300 years,” said Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. “We welcome people of all ages and background to visit us this summer and fall.”
In total, 17 museums make up The New Hampshire Museum Trail. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.