Let’s Talk About Jane: Winter Art Installation at the Chamber
ositive Street Art’s mission is to inspire a passion for the urban arts in a productive way and to build strong communities through educational workshops, community events, and artistic services. The Greater Manchester Chamber has partnered with Positive Street Art to curate a satellite gallery featuring a myriad of diverse artists, as a step in ensuring a more inclusive and desirable future for New Hampshire. You’ll continue to see rotating art installations in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Boardroom at the Greater Manchester Chamber, located at 54 Hanover Street, Manchester, over the course of the next year.
Winter Gallery: Let’s Talk About Jane!
Jane Kaufmann: Originally beginning her artistic journey in the Granite state as a part of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Art Association, Kaufmann sold clay works for a number of years. Upon her retirement to a continuing care community ten years ago and with no room for a clay studio any longer, Jane looked outside the lines of convention to continue making art utilizing easily accessible mediums. She made quick studies out of a set of old curtains, local plant life, amazon boxes and so on. Jane pivoted to cloth and cardboard as her new medium of choice. Creation soon morphed into an exercise in community as fellow residents donated their own fabric in eager anticipation of her next work. Hung on cardboard framing, Kaufmann’s work is a testament to creating on her own terms.
Eventually abandoning the fabric element all together, Jane found joy in working with cardboard. Recycling materials provided both a way in which to participate in more green thinking and environmentally conscious narratives. This work has married several disparate worlds and lends a view into something uniquely beautiful out of elements people often overlook. Cardboard work was not only easier to transport but also more cost effective to produce (readily available in all shapes and sizes in the recycling room), let alone the unique form it gave to her work. Her art plays with the idea of how the body, mind, experience and senses change as we mature through life and the magic of playful metamorphosis as we move into uncharted territory.
“Let’s Talk About Jane!” Reception
The show will run through January – April, with a reception on Thursday, February 8th, 2024 from 5-7 PM at the Greater Manchester Chamber, 54 Hanover Street, Manchester.
As you wander through the gallery, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with Jane Kaufmann herself, gaining insight into the inspiration behind each creation. The artist’s unique perspective and creative process will add an extra layer of appreciation to the already captivating pieces on display.
In addition to the exhibition, Yasamin Safarzadeh, an esteemed artist from Positive Street Art, will be leading a pure contour exercise from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the event. Challenge yourself to see beyond what has been conditioned in your mind as Yaz guides participants through this immersive exercise. It’s a unique opportunity to explore your own creativity and expand your artistic horizons.
In the heart of historic Manchester, the Positive Street Art Gallery provides the perfect backdrop for an evening dedicated to the celebration of art and culture. Mingle with fellow art enthusiasts, enjoy light refreshments, and indulge in the artistic feast that Jane Kaufman’s exhibition promises to be.
Satellite Gallery Hours & Viewing
The Positive Street Art Gallery at the Greater Manchester Chamber, located in the Daily Mirror Office Building on 54 Hanover St, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9AM-4PM. The gallery is located inside of the GMC’s Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) Board Room, which is sometimes rented out by private groups. Individuals are invited to view the installation and purchase original prints either outright or through payment installations with no interest, although it is recommended you contact the GMC to ensure access to the HPHC Boardroom and Satellite Gallery during the time you plan to visit. Call (603) 792-4120 and chat with the GMC’s Office and Program Coordinator, Lauren Clark.