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May 30, 2020








Jupiter Hall

Address: 89 Hanover St., Manchester 
More info:, 289-4661
“Aliens Invade Jupiter Hall” 
When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 15. Gallery hours are Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday by appointment. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. 
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The Nutcracker listings on pages 15 and 17 of the Nov. 9 issue of the Hippo should have said that Dance Visions Network and Bedford Dance Center will perform the full ballet versions of The Nutcracker. The Dance Visions Network show is Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1 and 6 p.m. Visit The Bedford Dance Center show is Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Visit

Sharing space
New arts venue opens in Manchester

By Angie Sykeny

 Artists, digital media creatives and storytellers have a new space to create and show their work. 

In September, Manchester Arts Commission Chairman Daniel Berube and his wife Katie opened Jupiter Hall, a 1,900-square-foot multipurpose arts venue on Hanover Street in Manchester.
“We found that, in New Hampshire, there was a lack of a dedicated venue for people to experience arts and culture and innovation,” Berube said. “Jupiter Hall is the answer to that problem.” 
Like the red spot on the planet Jupiter, Berube said, he wants Jupiter Hall to be “the red spot” of arts and culture in the Manchester community. 
The venue is under ongoing development, but the plan as of now is to feature visual art exhibitions by local artists; host community events including film screenings, live music, spoken word and other performances; and provide resources and space for creating films, podcasts, digital art and other digital media.  
Jupiter Hall also provides networking opportunities and partners with other Manchester arts organizations and schools to help connect people within the creative sphere. The goal, Berube said, is to encourage collaborations like a local musician partnering with a local filmmaker to produce a film score — and to showcase work by like-minded artists side by side. 
“We want people to engage and interact,” Berube said. “We’re trying to bring people together who complement each other and trying to give them a chance to relate to each other so that we can build on our city’s talent.” 
One of the venue’s first art exhibitions is “Aliens Invade Jupiter Hall,” which opens Friday, Nov. 17. It features digital artwork depicting a variety of alien creatures by Massachusetts artist and New Hampshire Institute of Art alumnus Ella Putney Carlson. 
The images in the exhibition were created using dissected and reconstructed photographs taken by Carlson and altered with freehand digital painting done on a tablet or computer. The photographs from which the alien images are derived consist of ordinary objects in Carlson’s home, such as a glass of iced tea, flowers and wine glasses.
The Aliens series was born out of a photography series centered on tea and tea cups after Carlson saw an alien-like quality in one of the photographs. 
“I start with an image that has an intriguing texture or color combinations or shapes, then I start expanding it, multiplying it, taking it apart and putting it back together, like digital surgery,” Carlson said. “It’s an evolution. Rather than creating what I pre-envision, they create themselves, and I observe.” 
Carlson said the objects photographed for the images are indistinguishable to the viewer unless she reveals to them what the objects are. In the exhibition, each piece will have its origin object written on the title card, and some pieces will have the unaltered starting photograph alongside them. 
“This isn’t about my work as a photographer; there’s nothing in [the images] that is photographic,” Carlson said. “They become something completely different, but most of the time, if I tell people what [object] the image came from, they say, ‘Oh, there it is.’” 
The series features aliens of all shapes and sizes, colors and textures. Each has a “highly developed backstory and personality,” Carlson said, from the cute and comical to the mystical and bizarre. 
She hopes the nonthreatening nature of the aliens will encourage people to view the concept of aliens in a new light. 
“We’re so alien-phobic, always talking about them trying to get in and trying to take over,” she said, “but here [in the exhibition] they aren’t threatening. They’re made from common things and based on things that are familiar, so it makes you examine the idea of what an alien really is.” 
Jupiter Hall will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Nov. 17, at which Carlson will be present to answer questions and discuss her work, and people will be able to purchase the art. 
“It’s really nice that they’ve opened up this new venue for artists to show their work,” Carlson said. “It’s a great space and a great location, so it’s really a privilege to show my art there.” 

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