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Hills in Echo: Charles Curtis Allen, N.A., American Painter

August 19, 2011

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The Chapel Art Center is pleased to organize this exhibition of works by New England artist Charles Curtis Allen, N.A., (1886-1950). A member of the group of painters who immediately followed the famous "Boston School," Allen trained at the Worcester Museum School under Hermann Dudley Murphy and Philip Leslie Hale, two artists who were instrumental in handing on an American Impressionist aesthetic first shaped by leaders such as Julian Alden Weir, Frank Weston Benson, and Edmund Tarbell.

In the period of the Great Depression and just before World War II-a time when the progress of American life was seemingly at a standstill-Allen placed himself squarely within a New England landscape tradition as well as the national Regionalist movement. His works reveal the gentle tenderness and devotion of a painter committed to an artistic tradition, but with a fervent artistic spirit that tells the story of a changing modern era.

Hills in Echo is a title that evokes the spirit of this exhibition, which seeks to understand the importance of Allen's evolving and maturing style within the American art scene during the first half of the 20th century. This seems especially fitting as our nation marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.

Please join us for a lecture on the work of Charles Curtis Allen by Iain MacLellan, O.S.B, director, on Thursday, October 20th, at 4 p.m. Reception to follow. 

Thumbnail image on homepage: (Detail) Carter Notch, New Hampshire, oil on canvas, 1945, 30˝ x 36˝, courtesy of New England Gallery.

Pulitzer Prize Recipient and Poet Laurean Maxine Kumin

Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m., NHIOP Auditorium

The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics are pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize recipient and Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin, who will speak as part of the NHIOP Bookmark Series and Night of the Poet program. Kumin will read a variety of selections from her collection of poems, including her latest publication Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a book sale and signing with the poet.

Kumin has published numerous books of poetry, and is also the author of a memoir, Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery (W. W. Norton, 2000); four novels; a collection of short stories; more than twenty children's books; and five books of essays. She has received the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern Poetry, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Sarah Joseph Hale Award, the Levinson Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize from Poetry, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, and the National Council on the Arts. In addition, she has served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Prior to the poetry reading the exhibit, Hills in Echo Charles Curtis Allen, N.A.  American Painter, will be on view in the gallery at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center.

Exhibition Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please note that the gallery will be closed October 8 - 10

New Hampshire Farm, watercolor, 14˝ x 20˝, permanent collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center
New Hampshire Farm, watercolor, 14˝ x 20˝, permanent collection, Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center

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