3S Artspace & Portsmouth Public Library Present:
Community Read and Community Art

3S Artspace and Portsmouth Public Library invite you to join us for our first Community Read and Community Art project! During the month of January, participants are invited to read Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost and respond through creation of 2D artwork.

Winter is here. What better time for reading and art?

A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit that "draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.” Source: Amazon Book Page

During the fall 2018 semester at University of New Hampshire, A Field Guide to Getting Lost served as a community read and artistic response project for the Art Department. Opening on February 1 in the Gallery at 3S Artspace, the Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found exhibit contains work in multiple mediums by UNH art students, faculty, and alumni.

The Community Read and Community Art builds on this idea. This January, won't you join us and read one (or all) of the essays? Portsmouth Public Library has copies of A Field Guide to Getting Lost on hand for you to borrow. We want to know what images come to mind after you read? What themes inspire you? What story do YOU have to tell?

Then, at the end of January, show us your 2D artistic response piece. On January 29th and 30th, 3S will accept Community Art submissions (1 submission per person, not to exceed 18” x 36” in size, drop off in the Box Office with a tag stating: artist name, town of residence, email address, and title of work).

Some examples of 2D art mediums include collage, painting, sketching, charcoal, photography, embroidery, etc. You are welcome to use the 2D medium of your choice to create your art piece.

Art submitted by community members will be curated by the 3S Gallery Committee and put on display in the Lobby Gallery at 3S Artspace beginning on February 1, coinciding with the Artists' Opening Reception for Wayfaring Stranger, On the Way to Lost and Found, the February exhibit in the Gallery at 3S. We'll do our best to include as much art as we can. We want to fill the Lobby Gallery walls with your art!

Through this project, visitors to 3S have the unique opportunity to witness two exhibitions stemming from the same inspiration point: A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Community Read and Community Art Timeline:

  • CREATE ART: January 1-28

  • FIND CREATION INSPIRATION: January 19, visit the Portsmouth Public Library for a Drop-In Art morning with various drawing supplies and prompts from the book.

  • DROP OFF ONE ART PIECE at 3S Artspace: January 29 & 30, during Box Office Hours (10am - 6pm)


    • Artists’ Opening Reception for both the Community Art and Wayfaring Stranger: Friday, February 1, from 5-8pm. Free and open to the public.

    • Exhibition Dates for both Community Art and Wayfaring Stranger: February 1 - 24

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