NH Club Notes: State Button Society's summer show on July 28

July 18. 2018 10:01PM
Members of the New Boston Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution participated in the town's Fourth of July parade. Appearing in their colonial costumes are, from left, Heidi Pope, Marie Saitz, Jennifer Day and Linda Miccio. (COURTESY)

Tracey Goodwin, left, who was named the Manchester Artists Association’s 2018 Artist of the Year, is joined by Aline Lotter, the association’s president. (COURTESY)

KEENE — The New Hampshire State Button Society’s annual summer show is set for Saturday, July 28, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington St.

The button society is dedicated to the history, study and presentation of antique, vintage and contemporary clothing buttons as well as collecting and preserving them.

The show, which this year has the theme “The Spirit of 2018,” will include an exhibit of patriotic buttons by the Amoskeag Button Club and an exhibit of buttons recently entered in competition at the annual New England Regional Button Association show in Connecticut.

A showroom with vendors and displays will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Buttons from the 18th century through the present, uniform and military buttons, studio buttons and presentation materials will be available for purchase.

The button society welcomes those who attend to join the members for a brown bag lunch at noon. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Lunch will be followed by a short business meeting and the society’s annual auction.

All are welcome, including button collectors, knitters, quilters, crafters and the curious, as well as all ages. Admission is free. Membership is encouraged, but not necessary.

Hosting the meeting is the Amoskeag Button Club, which meets monthly in Manchester with members from Antrim, Concord, Dover, Manchester, Newmarket, Pelham, Swanzey and Biddeford, Maine.

For more information, contact Thelma Nichols at 588-6766 or visit www.NHstatebuttonsociety.org.

Manchester artists group names Artist of the Year

MANCHESTER — Each year, the Manchester Artists Association recognizes a member as its Artist of the Year. This year, the distinction went to painter Tracey Goodwin.

To qualify, nominees must be a member in good standing, have served MAA through volunteerism, participated in at least one MAA show during the year of the award and regularly participated in its Artist of the Month competition.

“This year’s winner has met, and exceeded, all of these qualifications. It was with endless energy and dedication that (Goodwin)brought the MAA’s latest website into being. Amazingly, this contribution seemed to fuel her ability and desire to continue to create her own art while supporting others in this tremendous way,” the MAA wrote in a new release announcing the honor.

Goodwin’s love of art was established when she was young. She learned how to tole paint, create hand-sewn clothes and crochet from her mother and grandmother. She dabbled with painting for years before she decided to get serious and take a painting class, the MAA said. Now, wildlife painting, in both acrylic and oil, is her passion.

The MAA says its Artist of the Year award is a yearlong celebration, and the group encourages the public to visit the places where Goodwin’s art is on display: Manchester City Hall throughout July; the library at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, in August; and E.W. Poore Framing, 775 Canal St., where a yearlong exhibit will offer a new painting each month. More about Goodwin’s work is available at www.traceyannegfineart.com.

The Manchester Artists Association’s meetings, which are open to the public, are held from September through June, usually on the first Monday of the month except in September when it will meet on the second Monday. Each meeting includes a speaker or demonstrator. For more information, go to www.manchesterartists.com.

Candia Garden Club’s program on native plants

CANDIA — The Candia Garden Club will host a presentation by Ruth Droescher, an advanced master gardener with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Smyth Public Library, 55 High St.

Droescher’s presentation is titled “Native Plants for New England Gardens” and will cover the concepts of natives and cultivars, the benefits and advantages of native plants as well as replacing invasives with natives.

The program is free and open to the public.

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