Open Doors Trolley Night – April 21, 2016 in Manchester

MANCHESTER, NH – Join us for the first Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour of 2016 on Thursday, April 21, 2016. These popular (and free) Trolley Nights, a community endeavor of the Majestic Theater, are organized each year to celebrate the amazing diversity of artistic expression and dynamic museum experiences that the city has to offer.  Two trolleys will circulate the same route between the hours of 5p.m. and 8 p.m., stopping at each venue about every 30 minutes. The trolleys start at Langer Place at 5:00 p.m., but you can hop on at any venue. Free parking is available at 55 S. Commercial Street and at 200 Bedford Street.

Come and support Manchester’s wonderful arts and cultural community! There’s always something new and surprising to see and enjoy for people of all ages.  Here’s what’s happening at each of the venues to start off our thirteenth season:

Langer Place (55 South Commercial Street): Visit the studio of Althea Haropulos and get a glimpse of her latest photography and celebrate her 30 years in business.

Millyard Museum (200 Bedford Street): Visit the Millyard Museum to view the permanent exhibit “Woven in Time” that covers local history from Paleo-Indians to the Segway. Also, view the temporary exhibit, “Manchester’s Immigrants: Then and Now,” which showcases photographs documenting the lives of immigrants from all ethnic backgrounds, from the earliest Irish, French-Canadian and German mill workers to the more recent Bosnian, Sudanese and Bhutanese arrivals.

SEE Science Center (200 Bedford Street): The SEE Science Center features more than 80 hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages. Many of these exhibits blur the lines between science, interactive art and sculpture. Topics include robotics, magnetism, motion and forces, sound, light and simple machines. SEE is also home to the award winning LEGO Millyard Project, a model of the Amoskeag millyard circa 1900, made entirely of LEGO bricks. The largest of its kind in the world, the Millyard LEGO Project includes running water in the river and canals, trains, the Pandora Mill, Notre Dame Bridge and more than 6,000 LEGO mini figures in scenes throughout the project. SEE is open 7 days a week. 200 Bedford St. Manchester, NH. 669-0400.

D.M. Penny Press (250 N. Commercial St., 3rd floor): D.M. Penny Press is an open printmaking studio that supports artists interested in printmaking using the safest methods. The studio practices non-toxic printmaking and strives to be green and sustainable. The studio offers workshops and is available to artists for short term projects taking a few days or weeks. Ongoing memberships with unlimited studio access are also available. There will be printmaking demonstrations during the Open Doors.

E.W. Poore Framing, Inc. (775 Canal Street): Explore this custom framing studio and art gallery housed in the former Manchester Locomotive Works building. E. W. Poore is one of Manchester’s oldest continuously run, family-owned businesses, having been in operation since 1880.  Stop in to help them welcome spring with inspired images from many local artists.

Art 3 Gallery (44 West Brook Street): Come see the show, “A Sense of Place” on display April 18 – June 24. We all crave a space of our own, a refuge from the world. This private space may be an actual physical location—a favorite room or city or even a time of day. Or your refuge may be a state of mind, a feeling or a special memory. At Art 3 Gallery, stop by and view the work of over 70 artists that have shared a special place, or have experimented with new textures, color or light and found a new means of expressing the meaning of relationships, ideas or emotions. From traditional to abstract, Art 3 Gallery has something for EVERY wall!

Manchester Artists Assoc. Carol Rines Center (1528 Elm Street): Manchester Artists Association and Granite State Arts Market are having a Pop Up Show at the Carol Rines Gallery, 1528 Elm St. for Open Doors Trolley Night.

Framers Market (1301 Elm Street): Framers Market’s latest exhibit “Coloring Outside the Lines” will run from April 21 through May 28 and will feature the work of various artists using pencil or crayons. In addition to great art and refreshments, visitors can participate by trying their hand at coloring, inside or outside the lines! We provide colored pencils, crayons, and coloring books so you can experience the zen of coloring. For further information please call the gallery at 668-6989, find us on Facebook or visit

NH Institute of Art (77 Amherst Street Gallery): New Hampshire Institute of Art strives to engage students, artists, scholars, and the community in the arts through quality education, outreach, and access to creative resources, with a focus on the present and a vision on the future. Stop in to see what students and faculty have been working on!

Studioverne (81 Hanover Street, Odd Fellows Building): Studioverne is a full working studio for Fine Art Fused Glass. Demonstrations of many glass techniques, as well as workshop offerings are part of what Verne frequently shares. Her art work and functional pieces are displayed in the gallery section for browsing and purchases. Verne will have FREE fused glass gems and a hands-on glass cutting station for the April trolley event. Try it, you’ll like it!

GREGORVIOS Graphic Design Studio (83 Hanover Street, Odd Fellows Building): Founded in 2011, GREGORVIOS Graphic Design Studio is a branding and design studio that focuses on developing print and digital media content for a variety of clients.

Art on the Wall at City Hall (One City Hall Plaza): See what’s happening at City Hall! The “Art on the Wall at City Hall” is an excellent opportunity for local artists to display their work in the historic Manchester City Hall.

Studio 550 (550 Elm Street): Studio 550 is a community art center that offers art classes for complete beginners. Many people begin their journey in the arts at Studio 550, so this month we have an exhibit to show how far they’ve come. On exhibit will be pottery, stained glass, and possibly other 2D media created by students and staff. During the Trolley Arts night, we will also host an Empty Bowls workshop. Visitors will be invited to create clay bowls to donate to fighting hunger in our community. There will be a small handmade memento of the exhibit given to the first 12-15 people who stop by.

For more information, contact any of the participants, visit, “like” the Open Doors Manchester Trolley Night Facebook page, or call the Majestic Theatre at (603) 669-7469.

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