Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Artists invited to make utility boxes beautiful
In its never-ending efforts to make the Queen City a cooler place to live, Studio 550 Art Center is leading an effort to have several downtown traffic signal boxes painted by New Hampshire artists. Any amateur or professional artist who lives in New Hampshire may apply. Monica Leap, founder of 550 Art Center and the organization's programs manager, said she can't take credit for the idea.
The nine-page application indicates that this is a thoughtful effort with serious goals to beautify the city, add vitality and attractiveness to downtown, and deter graffiti. Detailed submission guidelines include suggestions that images be engaging and reference Manchester's character, history, community or the immediate environment. Designs should be detailed enough to prevent graffiti temptation, and refrain from dark colors to keep the boxes from overheating in the sun.
Applications are available at www.550arts.com. There is a $25 application fee.
More fun at Mighty Mac
In search of the Lost and Found at McIntyre Ski Area last week, I happened upon some closed doors with a sign warning that a yoga class was in progress inside. Confused, I asked an employee what it was all about and she directed me to a flier about Slopeside Yoga with Arielle.
The five-week yoga class, which began earlier this month, is designed to prepare skiers and snowboarders for a day on the slopes, help them prevent injury and improve stamina. In addition to being a certified yoga instructor, teacher Arielle Eckhaus Welch is a ski and snowboard instructor.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
Who doesn't like ax juggling? You can see some this Saturday when the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College hosts "Timber," a show by Canadian circus art group Cirque Alphonse. In addition to dangerous juggling, this tribute to North America's first loggers, farmers and lumberjacks promises aerial acrobatics using local forestry products.
Tickets for "Timber" are $33.75. You can find out more about this event, and other strange things happening around Manchester at www.NH365.org.
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