A&E Highlights – Nashua Sculpture and Cashore Marionettes
10th Annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium
Nashua Airport, NIMCO in the Millyard & City Hall Parking Lot
May 11 – June 3
Did you know that Nashua, N.H., is the only city in the United States with an annual international sculpture symposium? Three sculptors will stay for three weeks. Each will sculpt an outdoor work from large granite or metal that will then be given to the city. The 2017 symposium sculptors are travelling to Nashua from Vietnam (Mai Thu Van), Costa Rica (Tony Jimenez) and upstate New York (Tom Huff). The public are encouraged to host the sculptors in their homes and to provide them meals. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive a vintage paperweight or perfume bottle in return for a donation toward a sculpture sponsorship.
Following the May 11 opening reception, the sculptors will work at Ultima NIMCO in the Millyard. The public is invited to visit Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 15 through June 1. The symposium culminates on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. Trolleys will be available behind city hall to take people to view the installations.
For more information, visit NashuaSculptureSymposium.org.
The Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion and Simple Gifts
Rogers Center for the Arts
May 13 – 14
The Cashore Marionettes are named for the puppeteer behind the performances, Joseph Cashore, who has been designing and operating marionettes for three decades. Among other accolades, he’s received a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art and a grant from the Henson Foundation (yes, that Henson). Cashore considers each performance of his puppets to be a “celebration of life.” “Life in Motion” is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music and poetic insight, these marionettes aim to move the hearts of audience members, whether they’re 9 years old or 99. “Simple Gifts,” scheduled for May 14, is geared toward younger audiences.
For more information, call (978) 837-5355 or visit Merrimack.edu/Academics/Rogers.