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Fine arts residency at Sharon Arts, Jan. 3 to 12

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is preparing to host its second residency for the Master of Fine Arts program, which will take place at the Sharon Arts Center from Sunday through Jan. 12.

The residency will feature prominent visiting artists who will speak at the Artist Lecture Series and an exhibition of student work. Guest lectures and the exhibition will be free and open to the public.

Highlights include a MFA student exhibition with a selection of student artwork on display in the gallery, along with student readings and performances. An opening reception will light refreshments will take place Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The lecture series will take place in Bass Hall, across the street at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture beginning Sunday, Jan. 5, with National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky talking about the “Anatomy of a Story,” taking a behind-the-scenes look at how he creates articles for the magazine.

On Jan. 6, 2011 Pushcart Prize-nominee Joni Cole will be featured. She has published numerous magazine articles and essays in literary journals. She is a contributor to “The Writer” magazine, and a regular blogger for www.thirdage.com. She has been a guest on CNN and dozens of radio shows, and had a satellite media tour that included 31 back-to-back television interviews for morning wake-up programs.

Clare Sera will speak on Jan. 8. Sera started her career as an actress and improviser but soon became hooked on writing. She attended The Act One Screenwriting Program and shortly after that, screenwriter and long-time friend Karey Kirkpatrick (“Over the Hedge”) became a much-needed mentor.

She met her current writing partner, Ivan Menchell, working on the feature animated movie, “Curious George.” They pitched an idea for a family comedy to Warner Brothers and wrote the script “Blended” for them which Adam Sandler picked up to make with Drew Barrymore for release May 23, 2014. They have written feature scripts for Walden, Disney and Paramount and are currently writing a comedy for Sony. She also has an animated musical, “Legends of Oz; Dorothy’s Return,” opening next May and is writing the sequel, “Legends of Oz 2” for Summertime Entertainment.

These lectures will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

There also will be a book signing at the Toadstool Bookshop on Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. Jason Landry will talk about his book “Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography.”

Building on its recent merger with the Sharon Arts Center, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has launched a new low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program that will be housed at its Sharon Arts campuses in Peterborough and Sharon. The goal of the low-residency program is to cultivate artists who understand, engage and evolve into the professional field they have embraced.

Master of Fine Arts degrees are offered in visual arts, photography, creative writing, and writing for stage and screen and have been accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Established in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in art education and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as certificate and continuing education programs.

The Institute’s Sharon Arts Center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, as well as a Fine Craft Gallery, a Juried Artist Member Gallery, and an Exhibition Gallery in Peterborough.

More information is available at www.nhia.edu and www.sharonarts.org.

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