ArtFront returns with Culture Shock, a convergence of art, dance and photography inspired by the city’s diversity

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MANCHESTER, NH – On October 12, 13 and 14, newly formed ArtFront will once again host three evenings of multidisciplinary art which explore the culturally rich environment that Manchester now embraces. The show is both co-hosted by and held in Jupiter Hall, an exciting new event space located at 89 Hanover St.

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Deo Mwano of Manchester will be a featured performer at ArtFront Oct. 13.

ArtFront burst on the Manchester scene in March of 2107 with an event that featured 2D and 3D art along with dance and music emerging and receding amidst the show. Culture Shock! is more thematic but equally as multidisciplinary, with photography, painting, sculpture, music and dance. Manchester’s Claudia Rippee will be showing her collection of poignant graffiti photographs. These crisp and riveting images will be juxtaposed against Patrick McCay’s vivid, textural paintings. Added to the mix will be the haunting faces created by photographer Tim Donovan. These remarkable images are borrowed from his Phantasmagoric portfolio. Rounding out the show will be sculptural elements created by installation artist Erin Sweeney. Erin’s work will be drawn from her mixed media installation “How To Build A Community” along with her storyteller sculptures. When combined, this work will challenge and inform preconceptions about the social, cultural and ethnic diversity within The Queen City.

Complimenting the art on the walls will be a steady but unexpected flow of dance and music. On the 12th and 13th, Wisty Andres, a classically trained contemporary dancer, and Theo Marty, a dancer/drummer trained in several West African traditions, will improvise together. The results will unwind in an entirely original, ephemeral and personal dance. Deo Mwano and Movement From Above will bring their inimitable blend of hip hop and jazz fusion to the event on the 13th. Boston based Lorraine Chapman will return again with another rendition The Suit Lady character who will be a running persona in all Art Front events. She’s a surprise guest who reveals her own experience of the art and evening.

The evening is free of charge and open to the public.

About this Author

June Trisciani

June Trisciani is a lifelong resident of Manchester and owns j. ellen Design, LLC, a residential and commercial interior design firm. She has served on the Heritage Commission, is a past-chair of the Planning Board and currently serves as Alderman At-Large for Manchester.