TEAM (Town.Exeter.Arts.Music) has joined forces with Exeter Parks & Rec on a weekly event series to help promote increased community use of the “Town House Common” park located downtown right next to the municipal parking lot. TEAM and Ruffner Real Estate recently donated a permanent gazebo to the town, and Parks & Rec installed a concrete slab staging area underneath it which together can host small concerts, family picnics, or an afternoon hangout session for kids. The Phillips Exeter Academy Facilities Department also joined the town wide collaboration by constructing the gazebo.
The “Tune & Fork” series features live music, artist vendors, and local food trucks every Tuesday this summer from 5 - 8pm. Scott Ruffner, Director of TEAM, says the timing of this initiative is perfect, “With the town recently allocating several permitted mobile vending spaces right next to Town House Common, and also adding some brand new picnic tables in the park, it was a no brainer to contribute a gazebo that could serve as both a performance and gathering area that would make this underutilized space more of a destination for local folks of all ages. It’s a beautiful little park that for years has been in search of an identity. We’ve already seen a big increase in activity from people now enjoying a takeout lunch or a relaxing break from walking and shopping downtown.”
The series will run every Tuesday, weather permitting, until August 23rd.
July 19th - Slack Tide Trio
July 26th - Groove Lounge
Aug 2nd - Todd Hearon & Friends
Aug 9th - Redemption Reggae Band
Aug 16th - Clandestine Trio
Aug 23rd - Wood, Wind & Whiskey
Rockspring performing at Tune&Fork Tuesday at Town House Common in Downtown Exeter
Food Trucks ‘’Kona Ice’’ and ‘’Friends 4 Oba’’ set up in the new mobile vending area
Exeter middle-schoolers Bri Paterna, Lexi Paterna, and Lana Ruffner enjoying Tune&Fork Tuesday
Juneteenth in Swasey Parkway
Exeter Arts & Music Fest / Juneteenth Edition
For the June 19th Edition of the Exeter Arts & Music Fest we will be collaborating on the main stage with BLM Seacoast, The NH State Council of the Arts, and the Racial Unity Team to celebrate and raise awareness of the annual Juneteenth Holiday, which honors the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. There will also be an exhibit set up for the proposed “Black Heritage Pocket Park”, which will recognize the History of African-Americans in the town of Exeter.
Performers on the Main Stage will include Najee Brown and the cast of his play “Stokely & Martin, The Akwaaba African Drum Ensemble, Dance Performance from The Block, NH Hip-Hop Showcase, Bless Robinson, The Loop, Tiffany Colston, and more. Check back soon for final lineup.
Cafe El Camino / Sweet Crunch Bakeshop / Vernon Family Farm / Kona Ice / Stone Oven Pizza / Memories Ice Cream / 7 North Coffee
Singer Songwriter Tent
11 Madeline Blais
12 Douglas James
1 Thomas Knight
2 Tito Mambo
3 Artty Francouer
4 Wendy Jo Pothier
5 Darien Castro
Mill Hill Arts, Angela Labelle Designs, Mama Burns Candles & Soaps, Art By Soraya, Crafted New England, Erin Marie Creations, Exeter Drum Works, Nicole Ellis Artist, Array of Trades, Tyler Doar Glass, Natasha Stoppel, UBAM Junkies, Sal Terrae, Larry Provencher, Tamara Morris, Sharon Marston Art & Jewelry, Exeter Drum Works, Crystalline Harlot, H. Monique Designs, The Clay House Studio, Ruby Ribbon, Usborne Books, Beachcombing Studios, Violette Acrylics, 139 Handcrafted Signs, Party Crow Digital Art, Crystal and Crow Terrariums, Four Little Birds Art, Willow Road Watercolors.
$10 suggested donation per person / $20 per family
We encourage you to make pre-event cashless donations through this local ticketing agency below:
This project is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
Thanks to our sponsors Kathy Corson Realtor / Bean Group, The Racial Unity Team, Sweeney & Sweeney Title, Taste of the Seacoast, Ruffner Real Estate, BLM Seacoast, The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce.
ALL State and Town Safety Guidelines Will Be Followed
‘’Art : Beat’’, a colorful collaboration by husband and wife team Bruce and Tracy Jones, is inspired in part by ever growing feelings of anxiety amidst the emerging oppression of our society. Bruce and Tracy reflected on past generations who struggled similarly, and gravitated towards Kerouac and his cohorts, attracted by their influences on the progressive moments of the 1960s and 70s.
Bruce’s portrayals of America’s Beat writers and some of their Bebop inspirations are a pertinent reminder for all of us to never take our First Amendment rights for granted, and to pay homage to those men and women who raged against their oppressors while fighting to express themselves. These large scale impressionistic portraits are painted in a limited palette with bold strokes, reminiscent of the Pop Art colors of the mid 20th century. The depictions are nuanced, and expose the subjects’ human imperfection and frailty, while striving to capture the struggles that these writers and musicians endured throughout their lives. The square format was definitively chosen as dramatic irony, for the Beat Generation defines “cool,” and these artists were simply not capable of being “square!” Many of these artists were afflicted by substance abuse and addiction, similar to the epidemic which continues to permeate our present society. Undoubtedly, these writers, artists, and musicians are defined by their genius, and not by their illnesses - similarly, we must not let this present scourge define our friends and neighbors, but rather, encourage creatives to find their voices as well.
Tracy’s large scale collage assemblages also evoke Pop Art characteristics, while correlating with Bruce’s portraits, as the repetitive circles contrast symbolically with the squares. Constructed primarily of donated recycled materials, each is like a miniature abstract painting itself, made of pure pigment, selected to either interact with its surroundings, or assembled as protests. These pieces are made to elicit responses and to force the viewers to look a little deeper at the world around them, to smile a little, and if necessary- to Howl.
The Joneses reside in Exeter, NH where they have enjoyed a life filled with family, friends, and art.
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TEAM FIRST FRIDAY Bandstand Live Music Series is Back in June from 5-7PM Presented by Newburyport Bank
Thanks To Our Contributing Sponsors
Exeter Jewelers | Buxton Water | Danley Demolition | Tom Kressler - Loan Officer |
F.W. Webb Company | Brendan Nichols - Ultimate Software | Kathy Corson - Realtor
Saturday, May 18th, 10am - 4pm
Live Music | Artist Vendors | Dance Performance | Local Food Court | Kids Activities
40+ FEATURED ARTISTS / 10+ FOOD VENDORS / 20+ MUSICAL ACTS
Main Stage / Swasey Parkway
10am The Midnight Wrens
12pm Red Tail Hawk
1pm Bitter Pill
2pm Cold Engines
3:30pm Musical Arts Showcase
Singer-Songwriter Tent / Swasey Parkway
10am Amanda McCarthy
11am Green Heron
12pm David Ayscue
1pm David Corson
2pm Artty Francoeur
3pm Tito Mambo
Bandstand / Downtown Center
10am John Irish
11am Dan Walker
12pm Brian Walker
1pm Alan Roux
2pm Rich Amorim
3pm Gabby Martin
4pm Dean Harlem
5pm Todd Hearon
El Camino / Laney & Lu / Enna Chocolate / Lexie's Burger Bus / Memories Ice Cream / Kona Ice 4 U /
Mobile Musette / Cakes By Elizabeth / Boogalows Island BBQ / Wow Factor / Ohana Kitchen
FEATURED ARTIST VENDORS
Maine-ly Dragonflies & Butterflies
Willow Road Watercolors
Roosting Place Art & Decor
Jim Stamper Jewelry
Bobby Gahler Photography
Lisa Was Here
New England Prints
TMD Custom Glass and Tile
Blarney Stone Pottery
Dana Nastee live painting
Bruce Jones Fine Art
Hot Cross Puns
Lori Martone Pottery
Let’s Go Children’s Books
Butterflies in Space
Spearhead Art and Designs
H Monique Designs
Crystalline Harlot a Healing Apothecary
Fabrics by Diane
Joseph Cousins Studio Gallery
Evan Cals Glass Art
Mandy Halford Art
Nod to Nana
Erin Marie Creations
Garden Clay Works
David Conley Woodworker, Folk Art
Dani Lee Pottery
Tamara Deonka Artist/Illustrator
Artist Explores the World
Sarah Koff Studio
The Balloon Twisters
Community & Arts Groups
Musical Arts Academy of Exeter
Adagio Dance Academy
Main Street Art
Creative Community Space
Exeter Day School
$10 Suggested Donation Per Person / $20 Per Family
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Call to ARTISTS !
Click below to download the application to be a featured artist at one of Provident Bank's branches located throughout the greater seacoast area. There is no cost to apply or be featured if chosen.
"Lean On Me" Sculpture Featured at the 2018 Fall Equinox Fest From Artist Michael Hannah
Saturday, September 22nd in beautiful Swasey Parkway in downtown Exeter, NH, from 10am-4pm.
Live Music | Artist Vendors | Yoga | Dance Performance | Local Food Court | Kids Activities | Cultural Exhibits
Artist, Food, Non-Profit & Business Vendors Can Apply Below
Get the early entry application rates before August 31st
Artist : $60
Non Profit : $75
Business : $100
Food : $125
Click HERE to register for the Fest !
The 2nd Annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest returns to downtown Exeter on Saturday, May 19th from 10am-4pm, with live music, artist vendors, local food, kids activities and cultural exhibits!
The majority of the vendors will be just inside of Swasey Parkway, along with the Draugar Vinlands Viking group and the singer/songwriter tent. The Independence Stage will now be inside of Exeter Town Hall, along with a handful of art vendors, food, and kids activities. There will also be live music outside on the bandstand in the center of town.
The fest is free and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation for those who are able.
Located in Exeter Town Hall at 9 Front Street directly across from the bandstand
10:00 David A Corson
11:00 The Kenny Brothers Band
12:15 Red Tail Hawk
2:45 Cold Engines
The gazebo located in the center of downtown Exeter
10:00 Elijah Clark Music
11:00 Ollie & Them
12:30 Sofia Lee Davis
1:45 Concrete Constellation
Singer/Songwriter Busker Tent
Located in Swasey Parkway in front of the PEA boat launch
10:00 Lizzie & Peter
11:00 Artty Raynes Francoeur
12:00 Dan Searl
1:00 Kate McDougall
2:00 Elijah Clark Music
3:00 Maurice Wynne
MaggieBlu / Wunder Budder! / Deb Lawrence Wolf / PartyCrow / Color me Happy / Aimée Margolis / Lee Gee Designs / Erin Marie Creations / Nathan Mann Artist / Squirrelcat Designs / Artist Explores the World / Arryn Vogan Pottery / LFOD Apparel / Sterling Vanderhoof / Artful Harper Studios / Wally's Basement: Custom Signs and Frames, Rustic and Reclaimed / Seacoast Roller Derby / H.Monique Designs / The Bent Nail / Willow Road Watercolors / CaterinasCreations / Paul Timmons / Marshall's Magnetic Jewelry / Jim Faber / The Red Eft Custom Hiking Sticks / Joyous Silks / JaneEslingermetalwork&jewelry / AS3M Art & Apparel / Lynn's Fused Glass / Asia Wire Art / Hand Krafted Hides / Deanna Fair Markey aka TheSignChic / EPOCA / MatthewPearsallDesigns
Laney & Lu / Mama Kim's Farm to Table / Enna Chocolate / Cosmic Kettle Corn / Cakes by Elizabeth-NH / El Camino Foods
Don't forget the Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, May 18th in the center of downtown Exeter with the Bandstand Blues Jam ft Max Sullivan followed up by Midnight Wrens at Exeter Town Hall !!!
Please consider making your $10 donation now:
Dana Nastee of AS3M Art will be at the Exeter Arts & Music Fest "live painting" on May 19th
New England and Boston Music Award winners David Drouin and Cold Engines will be performing at 2:30 on the grounds of the American Independence Museum in Downtown Exeter.
There will be over 30 Artist Vendors at the fest showcasing their original work !
YogaSmith of Exeter will kick off the fest with a free outdoor yoga session at 10am !
Activities for kids of all ages in the parkway !
A taste of the food vendors from the festival !
Exeter-based Viking reenactment group Drauger Vindlands will be set up in Swasey Parkway at the 2nd Annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest.