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3S Artspace is poised to be NH’s first nonprofit, multidisciplinary contemporary arts space:
a performance space, gallery, restaurant, and artists’ studios all under one roof,
in the heart of the state’s cultural capital.Donate Now
3S will be a new lens through which to experience the arts. Born out of the Seacoast’s rich cultural environment, 3S was conceived to pay forward our region’s legacy as a destination not just for arts-lovers, but also for artists themselves.
3S is committed to supporting emerging arts and artists, embracing unconventional ideas, and nurturing the spirit of creative experimentation. Through our integrated venue and the unique program opportunities it will afford, we are dedicated to bringing high quality, original, and affordable arts experiences in an informal setting.
Alternative arts spaces like 3S aim fill the gap between the raw artist’s studio and the formal setting of a museum or concert hall. 3S will be a vital hub for our creative community – a place where ideas are continually born and shared.
As the Seacoast continues to grow more diverse, affluent, and larger, 3S is here to make sure we are “making space” for artists, performers, and other emerging talent to create, present and explore their work. And space for the rest of us to enjoy it.
60,000 + Expected visitors each year
$1MM Estimated revenue by year 3
The twelve leased studios underscore the notion that 3S is not just a place where art is presented but a place for creation as well. By providing affordable space for artists 3S demonstrates its dedication to integrating creative workers into our downtown fabric and sends the signal that Portsmouth is a viable place for artists to work.
The restaurant at 3S will draw inspiration from the art found within both the gallery and the performance space – food as programming – creating a unique dining experience as an integral and fluid part of the 3S concept. The food will emphasize dishes that are simple, approachable, and affordable.
A large, flexible space, the gallery at 3S will be able to accommodate many types of exhibitions, including installations and site-specific artwork. 3S will exhibit work by nationally known artists as well as by emerging local artists, and will be free to take risks and experiment in ways that are not possible in most commercial galleries.
3S will establish the only midsize flexible performance space in the Seacoast region. This 400 capacity venue, easily able to transform between standing room, café seating, and theater-style seating, will be ideal for the presentation of a wide range of performance types, including live music, film lectures, and theatrical performances.
3S Board Chair / Financial Advisor, Lincolnshire Advisors
3S Board Vice Chair / Senior Operating Executive
3S Board Treasurer / CPA, Albert P. Stowe PLLC
3S Board Secretary / Owner, Nahcotta
Executive Director, 3S Artspace, Ex-Officio Member
Financial Advisor, UBS
Creative Director, Harbour Light Strategic Marketing
Director of Apparel, National Geographic
Attorney, Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy, & Lown
Owner, Robert’s Maine Grill/Bob’s Clam Hut
CHRO, GreenPages Technology Solutions
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
General Manager, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside
Executive Director, 3S Artspace, Ex-Officio Member
3S Artspace Founder and Executive Director, has a passion for and knowledge of contemporary arts and culture, and is dedicated to building community through the arts. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Music from New York University, Chris spent two years working at the renowned alternative music venue in New York City, The Knitting Factory where he assisted in the marketing and production of their Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, in addition to serving as a staff writer and researcher for Jazze.com. After moving to the Seacoast in 2001, Chris worked for over nine years at The Music Hall, most recently as the Box Office Manager and the associate curator of the monthly arts series “Scene@5.” Throughout this time, Chris has been a passionate and active member of the Seacoast’s arts and cultural community. Since 2005, he has served on the City of Portsmouth’s Cultural Commission, Art-Speak, twice producing their Overnight Art exhibition. He has been an active musician (performing regularly, as well as recording and producing a handful of albums), a producer of live music events, and a freelance music writer. In 2005, he co-founded the RPM Challenge, an annual creative challenge to musicians around the world to write and record an album in a month.
3S Artspace Project Manager & Development Associate
3S Artspace Project Manager & Development associate, lives in downtown Portsmouth and has worked with 3S Artspace since 2011. She graduated from Bates College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric. After graduation, Celeste worked for The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH as a box office associate and marketing intern. She then moved to Connecticut where she worked as the Recruiting Coordinator for Career Services at Connecticut College in New London, CT. In 2011, Celeste moved back to Portsmouth and began working with Opus Advisors as Project Manager for 3S Artspace. Eventually, Celeste transitioned in-house for 3S as the Project Manager and Development Associate. In her spare time, Celeste likes to travel as much as possible, spend time outdoors, and appreciate all of the art and culture that the Seacoast has to offer.
3S has strategically brought, and will continue to bring, the expertise of top-notch consultants for support on key areas of the project:
Additional design and communication services have been provided by Alyssa Grenning, Calypso Communication, Devine Marketing Group, Haigh + Martino, PixelMEDIA, Wallace Consulting, Winter Holben Design, and MicroArts.