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  • 3S Artspace Presents: Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found, in the Gallery at 3S Artspace Featuring works by UNH art students and alumni Press Release

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    January 17, 2019

    PORTSMOUTH —  3S Artspace announces the upcoming exhibit in the Gallery at 3S Artspace: Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found, works by art students and alumni of the University of New Hampshire. The exhibit opens Feb. 1 with an artists’ opening reception held the same day, from 5-8 p.m. Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found will be on exhibit through Feb. 24. Exhibits at 3S Artspace are free and open to the public.

    During the fall 2018 semester at University of New Hampshire, A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit was a community read and artistic response project for the Art Department. The work in this exhibition reflects Solnit's multitude of approaches to the theme of getting lost. UNH students and alumni responded by creating paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, animated GIFS, and furniture. The artists' interpretations of this theme include: exploring unknown territory, examining what is viewed as the familiar, reinterpreting art history, and focusing on the process of making art as an act of getting lost.

    As an additional component, students from the English department at UNH will write pieces in response to the book as well as the exhibition itself.

    The exhibit was coordinated at UNH by Sachiko Akiyama-- sculptor, Portsmouth resident, and professor of art at UNH. She was also recently awarded the Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

    A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit that "draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.” Source: Amazon Book Page

    Building on the Wayfaring Stranger exhibit, 3S Artspace and the Portsmouth Public Library invite Portsmouth residents to participate in a Community Read and Community Art project. During the month of January, participants are asked to read Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost and respond through creation of 2D artwork.

    Art submitted by community members will be curated by the 3S Gallery Committee and put on display in the Lobby Gallery at 3S Artspace beginning on Feb. 1, coinciding with the opening reception for Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found.

    We think the Portsmouth Community Read and Community Art is a chance to build on the Wayfaring Stranger exhibit and unite Portsmouth residents with the art community on the UNH campus through a common thread,” said Beth Falconer, executive director of 3S Artspace. Through this project, visitors to 3S have the unique opportunity to witness two exhibitions stemming from the same inspiration point: A Field Guide to Getting Lost.


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    3S Artspace
    319 Vaughan St.
    Portsmouth, NH 03801

    3S Artspace is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging arts and entertainment and to cultivating an informal space that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and community.

    The Gallery at 3S Artspace is an incubator of ideas, facilitator of original content, and is committed to presenting a diverse representation of contemporary visual artists. Each year the gallery presents exhibitions that highlight unprecedented innovation across disciplines, celebrate artistic excellence, encourage lively discourse, and foster an unwavering appreciation for the vital role that art plays in our community.

    Beth Falconer, Executive Director
    (603) 766-3330