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Guild Study Program at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

September 19 –22, 2014

For complete details see http://www.igma.org/...outh/index.html

Portsmouth, NH is a city of roughly 21,000 people near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, which divides New Hampshire and Maine. Portsmouth was settled in 1623 and served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800s when rail travel largely replaced the shipping industry. John Paul Jones’ ship, The Ranger, was built in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in Maine) was established in 1800 as the country’s first Naval shipyard.

In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, calling the city “one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country, with a stimulating mix of historic buildings, sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, jazz clubs and distinctive artisans’ boutiques.” In 2009, Forbes Traveler listed Portsmouth as one of America’s Prettiest Towns.

Strawbery Banke (yes, that is how both words are spelled) is a 10-acre outdoor historic waterfront museum featuring homes and exhibits from three centuries. It consists of 38 historic homes and buildings, elegant mansions as well as working-class homes. It is a waterfront neighborhood that includes shops and taverns that welcomed George Washington and Paul Revere. It also has gardens showcasing period designs, rare flowers and heirloom vegetables.

Named by early (1630) British settlers for the wild berries growing there, Strawbery Banke traces 375 years of history in one of America’s oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods. Through its authentically restored houses and shops, period gardens, and costumed role players, it presents the daily lives of ordinary people who lived here from Colonial times to World War II, from the mundane to the elegant, from economic boom to war-time austerity. Strawbery Banke Museum is a capsule of New England seaport life across four centuries.

Class projects are based on pieces at Strawbery Banke or that are indigenous to the Portsmouth area.

Special Tour: The Warner House is a large brick house, built ca. 1716 by Archibald Macphaedris, an Irish ship owner and merchant, and is said to be the first urban mansion made of brick in New England. It is probably one of the finest examples of such early architecture. It is now known as the Warner House on account of the 1760 marriage of the daughter of Archibald Macphaedris to Jonathan Warner. The interior of the house contains outstanding murals, painted finishes, period furniture, and portraits of Warner family members, including an exceptional painting of Warner’s daughter, Polly, painted by Joseph Blackburn. Furnishings in the house have been donated by descendants of Archibald Macphaedris or are of a type described in family inventories and made by local makers and of regional significance.

The Program will begin at approximately 2:00 PM Friday with tours of the Warner House and Strawbery Banke, followed by a reception and dinner at Mombo (www. momborestaurant.com), an acclaimed restaurant on the Strawbery Banke campus. Classes will be held at Strawbery Banke Saturday, Sunday and half-day Monday.

The final event of the program will be the graduation luncheon around 1:00 PM Monday September 22.

We also understand there has been added a tour of a John Henry Bellamy exhibition at a museum!

CLASSES Travel Teapot Basket

1/12 Scale

Bonni Backe

IGMA FELLOW Candlestand

1/12 Scale

Pam and Pete Boorum

IGMA ARTISANS Leather Shot Bag

and Powder Horn

1/12 Scale

Deb Mackie


Carving a Bellamy Eagle

1/12 Scale

Bill Robertson


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