Guest Blog: Expand your Culture Through Manchester’s Art Scene

This article was originally posted on the University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s blog.

Written by Olivia Pollock, Communication Arts senior at UNH Manchester

Manchester, NH –Last Thursday I headed over to You’re Fired in Bedford to paint pottery with one of my girlfriends. Tuesdays and Thursdays are Ladies’ Nights at You’re Fired so it was the perfect night for us to catch up and have some female bonding.

We each picked out a piece of pottery and then headed over to the paint section to grab our color selections. After picking everything out, the painting and decorating was completely up to us. We sat there for a few hours just painting, listening to music, and enjoying each other’s company. It was the perfect girls’ night.

This was not my first time at You’re Fired. I have been there a few times now and I have enjoyed it every time. The experience is fun and calming at the same time, and the environment is relaxed yet lively with people laughing and having a good time.

But the best part of You’re Fired is that students can get 10% off! If you have never been, I highly recommend a visit.

One of the other places in the area that is becoming quite popular is Muse Paintbar in downtown Manchester. Muse hosts painting sessions each week where their artists teach groups of people how to paint a picture stroke by stroke. All you have to do is head to their website, look through the events, and pick a class with a portrait that you are interested in. Muse will do the rest!

The paintbar is great because it gives people with little experience or limited artistic ability the opportunity to create something beautiful on their own, with just a little guidance.

You can go to Muse with friends and spend the night painting, eating, sipping on wine and having a great time! Classes are typically $35 per person, but you can also sign up for special sessions if you are hosting a big group or event.

The Muse Paintbar is one of many great locations for art enthusiasts looking for something fun to do in Manchester. (Photo by Kim Wall)

The Muse Paintbar is one of many great locations for art enthusiasts looking for something fun to do in Manchester. (Photo by Kim Wall)

Another local venue, Studio 550, offers art classes to the public as well. Located right up the road on Elm Street, their classes cover many forms of the arts – from adult studio classes, to dance classes, to studio parties. Studio 550 has something for every art lover.

If you are looking to create something, Studio 550 offers classes in wheel throwing (pottery), drawing, stained glass making, and many more. And if creating art isn’t really your thing, you can take one of their movement classes, including belly dancing, African dance and drumming, and Aikido. With their abundance of offerings, Studio 550 truly lives up to their mission to, “enrich your everyday life with creativity.”

If you are someone who is looking to appreciate the arts instead of participate in them, then look no further than The Currier Museum of Art. The Currier is one of Manchester’s most acclaimed locations and is an internationally recognized art museum. The museum has artwork and exhibitions featuring American and European paintings, photographs, and sculptures, including works by Picasso, Monet, and many more.

The Currier Museum is open to students for a discounted price of only $9! And tickets for the new exhibit of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House are only $16. Even better, if you become a member of the museum, admission to the sites is always free.

The Currier also offers a museum shop and a wonderful Winter Garden Café. I have been to The Currier a few times and always make a point to stop in the café afterwards (The food is delicious!).

So if you are looking to enhance your culture and expand your creativity, Manchester is the place to be. Make a day out of it and head out with your friends to paint, dance, and see the creativity. The city is full of options and is bursting with art culture that is just waiting to be experienced.

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Olivia Pollock is a senior at UNH Manchester graduating in May 2014 with a B.A. in Communication Arts.

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