The Hippo


Nov 22, 2019








Beth Krommes, end papers for Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2011, watercolor on scratchboard transfer, 7 3/4 x 15 3/8 inches, Courtesy of the artist, © Beth Krommes, 2018

 “Beyond Words” 

Where: The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester 
When: On view June 16 through September 9. Gallery hours are Sunday, Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Cost: Regular museum admission ($15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for students, $5 for youth ages 13 through 17)
More info: Visit or call 669-6144
Special events:
Opening Celebration - Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be family-friendly activities like art-making, tours and performances, plus special remarks by the featured artists at 3 p.m. Free admission. 
“Beyond Words” focus tours: Friday, June 29, Thursday, July 19, and Thursday, Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with regular museum admission. 
ARTalk: Nature, creativity and Thoreau: David M. Carroll - Sunday, July 8, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Featured artist David M. Carroll and Thoreau scholar Jeffrey S. Cramer will discuss nature, creativity, observation and inspiration and host an audience discussion. A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase. Free with regular admission.
Creative Studio: Beth Krommes - Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured artist Beth Krommes will lead participants in making their own scratchboard masterpieces and spend time with visitors in the galleries. A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase. Free admission for New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon. 
Currier After Hours: Tomie dePaola - Thursday, Aug. 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Currier Curator Samantha Cataldo will be in conversation with featured artist Tomie dePaola about the inspiration behind his stories. A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase in the Currier Shop, including dePaola’s newest book Quiet, pre-released exclusively at the Currier. 
Creative Studio: Tomie dePaola -  Aug. 11 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will use watercolor pencils to create illustrations inspired by the work of featured artist Tomie dePaola. All ages are welcome. Free admission for New Hampshire residents from 10 a.m. to noon.

From the books
New exhibition features New Hampshire illustrators


 By Angie Sykeny
The illustrations that have brought many books to life will now bring life to the gallery walls at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester during the museum’s newest special exhibition, “Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola, and Beth Krommes,” on view June 16 through Sept 9. 
“We’re excited for this opportunity to showcase the artwork of three of New Hampshire’s longtime, best-known and award-winning illustrators,” Andrew Spahr, director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Currier, said. “This is a show I’ve wanted to do for many years, knowing Tomie and David and Beth’s work, and it’s been great working with them and getting to know them.” 
The Currier collaborated with the artists to compile a collection of more than 130 original illustrations for the exhibition, which have been used in the production of published books. The artists represent a variety of media and artistic styles. Carroll, who has written and illustrated several non-fiction natural history books, works in watercolor and pen-and-ink to produce detailed illustrations that are both artistic and scientific. 
DePaola has written and illustrated more than 260 books for children of all ages; his distinctive style consists of strong outlines and bold figures and forms that propel the story’s narrative. 
Krommes, who has been illustrating children’s books for nearly 20 years, uses a unique scratchboard technique in her work, exploring themes of wonder, family and nature. 
“There will be a range of important works and ideas from their careers … that explore their techniques and their inspiration and how they develop their images,” Spahr said, “[including] some of the most popular and familiar images as well as ones people might not have seen.” 
The exhibition will be divided into sections for each artist. Each piece will have a label written for a general audience as well as a label written for children, placed lower on the wall, to help them engage with the art. 
“It might say something like, ‘Look at the animals depicted in this illustration. What animals have you seen and drawn in your own artwork?’” Spahr said. “We want this [exhibition] to be accessible to all generations in a meaningful way.” 
Additionally, the exhibition will have a designated reading space with some of the books that feature the artists’ illustrations. 
An opening celebration for “Beyond Words” will be held on Saturday, June 16, followed by a series of events inspired by the exhibition and attended by the artists, happening throughout the duration of the exhibition. 
“We hope people will have fun and enjoy this artwork and take the opportunity to come meet the artists and talk to them about it,” Spahr said. 

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