Coastal arts and culture news

Phillips Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery welcomes Managing Miscellanea

EXETER – Phillips Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery will host Managing Miscellanea, an exhibition that will allow viewers to take an in-depth look at what we consider to be our indefinite collection. Since its conception in 1952, the Lamont Gallery has never officially been a collecting gallery; However, like many art institutions, we have accumulated a number of prints, paintings, sculptures and artifacts. Ethical responsibility in caring for these works creates a constant and silent struggle to address safety, storage and preservation concerns for each piece in our care, along with the broader question of how to use this collection in a way significant when a quarter of the works lack provenance.

This exhibition is a continuation of the work in progress that we are carrying out to understand our collection. Managing Miscellanea will address many of the same questions we began to explore through exhibitions a decade ago, such as: What defines a collection? How are collections created, maintained and shared? We’ll feature some of the never-before-seen works from our storage room, share what we know about their stories, and hope to hear how these works inspire you.

Visit the Lamont Gallery website to learn more about the exhibition and discover other events and educational programs:

The Kittery Art Association presents the exhibition “Summertime Blues: Coastal View” for all members

The Kittery Art Association presents the exhibition

KITTERY, Maine – Many artists are inspired by the mighty ocean and the constant change that accompanies each passing tide. Our proximity to salt air, rocky shore and crashing waves sets us apart on the coastline. The Kittery Art Association presents Summertime Blues: Coastal View, a members-only exhibit. Summertime Blues: Coastal View runs July 14 through September 11, with an opening reception on Friday, July 15 from 5-7 p.m.

The Kittery Art Association is located at 2 Walker St., in the heart of Kittery Foreside. The gallery showcases the work of Seacoast artists in monthly exhibitions and welcomes new members and art lovers of all ages. For more information, visit or contact KAA at; 207-451-9384.

Prescott Park Arts Festival announces return of Saltwater Roots Festival

The Saltwater Roots Festival will take place on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 6 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH —Prescott Park Arts Festival, an independent non-profit arts organization located in downtown Portsmouth along the banks of the Piscataqua River, announces the return of the Saltwater Roots Festival. As part of the beloved River House Restaurant Concert Series, the Saltwater Roots Festival will take place on Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m. which offer a variety of music spanning genres rock, roots, blues, folk and more. This evening of entertainment is set to light up Prescott Park with vibrant energy through the power of live music.

This year’s Saltwater Roots Festival will feature The Ammonium Maze, Julie Rhodes and River Sister! As always, the Arts Festival is fully accessible and all events are offered with an optional suggested donation. All reservations can be made through:

James C. Tibbs