April 21, 2008 Contact: Margie Wachtel (603) 422-8208 x141

“Artists of the Seacoast” exhibit last at Portsmouth Children’s Museum

PORTSMOUTH – Families First Health and Support Center announced which local artists will be featured in its 2009 “Artists of the Seacoast” calendar, the 14th calendar the nonprofit community health center has produced as a fundraiser. The works chosen for the calendar are among 86 in the “Artists of the Seacoast” exhibit, which is the last exhibit at the Children’s Museum’s Portsmouth location.

“Families First — and the variety of essential programs it offers — genuinely represents the broader Seacoast community, so it is truly fitting that the exhibit for Artists of the Seacoast 2009 calendar be the grand finale for Gallery 280 at The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth here on Marcy Street,” said Sue Kaufmann, Director of Exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth. “We are so proud to have supported and collaborated with Families First on this springtime project for the past 12 years, during the course of which we have brought to our visitors well over 1,000 original works by local artists.”

Kittery Artist Dean Diggins won the cover spot for “Nubble Lighthouse,” an oil painting of the landmark lighthouse in York. Representing January through December will be works by Ken Fellows and Peter Welch of Kittery Point, Judith Canonico of Barrington, Susan Stetson of New Castle, Elsa Brodie of Durham, Linda Gerson of Wells, Barbara Brockelman of Eliot, Dolores Barrett of Dover, Luci Lesmerises of Bedford, Leslie Doherty of York, Maddi Alana of New Castle, and Carolyn Vibbert of Portsmouth.

The exhibit runs through May 11. The museum, at 280 Marcy Street, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10-5, and Sundays from 1-5. For information, call 603-436-3853.

Families First Health and Support Center provides primary, prenatal and oral health care; group and one-on-one family support and parent education; and mobile health care for people who are homeless. For more information, call 603-422-8208, or visit www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org.