Brush and Pen

2011-03-24 15:01:48.000 – Cara Rudio,  Marketing and Communications Coordinator


When you work for a nonprofit scientific institution whose main operations are located on top of a mountain, you don’t often have the opportunity to get dressed up and experience the finer things in life. On the rare occasion that we do host a person of stature, it’s typically to load them into a snow tractor and hope the summit volunteers have remembered to put the spit and shine on the living quarters. Not exactly an occasion for heels and jewelry.

Given these circumstances, you can understand my excitement for our spring fundraiser — the Seacoast premiere of a documentary called ‘Brush and Pen: Artists and Writers of the White Mountains, 1800-1900.’ The event will be held at a very hip, not-yet-open-to-the-public venue called The Music Hall Loft, ‘Portsmouth’s new Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education.’ Even better, the film’s Emmy award-winning producer, Andrea Melville, and an impressive lineup of White Mountains art historians, collectors and gallery curators will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the premiere. Pretty exciting!

I cordially invite you to join me and other Observatory staff and trustees on April 7 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for this very exclusive exploration of one of America’s most beloved artist’s movements. The film will examine nearly one hundred years of artwork and prose from public and private collections, and live White Mountains art will be on display.

The event will also feature a well-curated silent auction, including such items as a scenic glider flight, a guided kayaking experience, framed art by renown local artists, the chance to be brewer of the day at the Portsmouth Brewery (complete with a subscription to the Smuttynose ‘Big Beer Series’), and much, much more.

(Think staff members will be allowed to bid?!)

And let me not forget the wine and cheese reception and show opening before the event at The Banks Gallery, and the mouth-watering boxed theater dinner we’ll enjoy during the premiere. Nothing goes better with 19th century art than wine, figs and brie!

Tickets are on sale now through The Music Hall, and more information may be found on I hope you will similarly enjoy this opportunity to put on the ritz for a great cause and celebrate the golden era of our beloved White Mountains.


Cara Rudio,  Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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