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  • Summertime at 3S Artspace

    PORTSMOUTH — 3S Artspace invites you to visit us and experience our summer programming lineup. With free Gallery exhibits, a free weekly outdoor concert series, a fashion camp for middle schoolers, a Bowie and the Moon collaboration with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, and more, 3S has you covered in the departments of authentic culture, arts, and diverse experiences.

    Kicking off our summer exhibits, we have both Factory Made and LeapTwistTurn opening June 7. The reception takes place 5-8 p.m. during the monthly art walk in Portsmouth, Art ‘Round Town. Exhibits at 3S Artspace are free and open to the public. Join us to meet the artists, mix, mingle, and experience the exhibits.

    For the Factory Made series, multidisciplinary artist Michael Hambouz hand-cut paper stock from independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company to create vibrant, abstracted scenes of the very factory where the paper is produced. The series provides a glimpse into the operations of the 140-year-old American paper mill by showcasing the production process and machinery—from pulp to the final paper product—in intricately layered collage format.

    LeapTwistTurn, features the 3-D hybrid paintings of artist Adria Arch. The paintings are done on lightweight plastic comprised of cut out abstract elements inhabiting space as installation art. LeapTwistTurn will be taking over the Lobby Gallery and Performance Space with the largest suspended piece on display spanning 15 feet.

    "Adria Arch's takeover of the Performance Space allows us to realize our goal of bringing more art into every space at 3S,” said Beth Falconer, Executive Director of 3S Artspace. “The flexibility of our Performance Space can be seen through the flexible seating, a flexible stage, and, with LeapTwistTurn, through an artistic transformation."

    There will be a special performance in the Lobby Gallery during the June 7th opening by Boston-based Luminarium Dance Company and saxophonist Ken Field. Their music and dance will inhabit the LeapTwistTurn exhibit.

    On exhibit in the Gallery July 19 - August 25 is Giant Watercolor World with works by Robert Morgan featuring a series of large, densely hued paintings, cut out and glued together to create various visual planes. The paintings are composed of stacked layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors. The resulting enlarged images and moody atmospheres create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict. Thank you to our generous exhibit sponsors: The Sailmaker’s House & The Water Street Inn.

    The Loading Dock Concert Series returns to 3S on Friday, July 12. The Soggy Po’ Boys will be serving their jazz messy-- mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition for the Loading Dock season opener.

    Join us on Fridays in July and August from 7 - 9 p.m.. With a top notch lineup of local acts for the season, this is another free, family friendly event (donations of $5-$10 are appreciated!). The concerts are held outside in our Loading Dock, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets to experience summer sunsets set to music. And yes, there will be bar service!

    Announcing the 2019 Loading Dock Concert Series lineup:
    July 12 - Soggy Po' Boys
    July 19 - Muddy Ruckus
    July 26 - fiveighthirteen
    August 2 - Soulation
    August 9 - Julie Rhodes
    August 16 - Kate Redgate Band
    August 23 - Rustic Overtones
    August 30 - Ward Hayden & The Outliers

    Thank you to our series sponsors: Liars Bench Beer Co., GreenPages, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Bull Moose, and Portwalk Place.

    Not many bands can handle very long careers and never stop evolving and actually, keep on exploring, from record to record. Blonde Redhead deserves a place in this category. Their music is always inspired by the same emotions, but their tastes and the ways they choose to execute those emotions are constantly evolving. See Blonde Redhead with Ludovic Alarie at 3S Artspace on June 11 at 8 p.m.

    In terms of sound, substance and spirit, Percy Hill is put on a level with Sting, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan; some of the greatest, most enduring and most popular artists of our time. That's quite a company to keep. Percy Hill's talent brought them there, and is sure to keep them there for a long time to come. Join us for an evening with Percy Hill on June 29 at 8pm.

    Associated Press says "Parker Millsap rocks harder than ever on his fourth album." And Rolling Stone calls his album Other Arrangements Parker's "tightest, sharpest and most infectious set of songs to date." Parker Millsap and his band take the stage on July 27 at 8pm.

    The idea behind the Fashion ReWERKED workshop was born from 3S Artspace’s commitment to sustainable design, much like Project Upcycle, our annual sustainable fashion design competition. Fashion ReWERKED takes place July 8-11. This four-day workshop introduces middle schoolers (grades 6 - 9) to the basics of sewing and fashion design using David Bowie and the Moon landing as style inspiration! The workshop is led by Project Upcycle designer alumni, Kirsten Elfe and assisted by Project Upcycle model alumni, Elias Matso. Presented by 3S Artspace, in partnership with Recovergirl.

    And speaking of the inspiring topics of Bowie and the Moon, join us on July 11 for an out-of-this-world evening of festivities. 50 years ago in July of '69, there was a culture shift: David Bowie's Space Oddity was released and Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. One giant leap later, on July 11, 2019, 3S Artspace and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center are joining forces in a collaborative fundraiser to celebrate the music, spirit, creativity, innovation, and exploration of these two milestones.

    From 4:30-6pm, Prepare For Takeoff and join us in the Loading Dock for family fun with live music and art displays from youth students in: Portsmouth Music and Arts Center's Summer Jazz Workshop, PMAC's Time Machine Madness art camp, and 3S’ Fashion ReWERKED. This portion of the evening is free and open to the public.

    At 8pm, we bring you the Bowie and the Moon: Main Moon Landing Event with local and regional acts performing Bowie's music from Blackstar to Space Oddity:

    STL GLD, Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales, fiveighthirteen, Jim Dozet Music, Rhegos, Russ Grazier Quartet with Billy Butler and Jon McCormack.

    This extraterrestrial evening will also feature stargazing, cosmic cocktails, and the chance to get your glam on with Bowie-inspired costumes and makeup. Tickets are $25 and this portion of the evening is ages 21+.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors: Paul & Jessica McKeon and Brandartica Advertising Anti-Agency.



    Every week holds a different creative treasure at 3S, and our Gallery is always open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday. As you begin to fill your calendar with summer plans, don’t forget to save some time to enjoy all that 3S Artspace has to offer.  New events get added weekly, so be sure to visit: 3SARTS.ORG and follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @3sartspace

    Thank you to our Summer Season Sponsor, Ricci Lumber and also to our year-round Lead Sponsor, Pixel Media.

    Visit 3SARTS.ORG for more information.

    3S Artspace
    319 Vaughan St. Portsmouth, NH 03801 ----------------------------------------

    3S Artspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary 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.