2016-07-28 / Mainsheet

Future Retro: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future


Jennifer Booth and Donald Christ Jennifer Booth and Donald Christ An energetic and appreciative audience danced and sang along with entertainer Chris Norton during his knockout performance at the 2016 Redwood Library Gala on July 9. More than 300 Redwood supporters enjoyed a lively cocktail hour in the historic library then proceeded to the fabulously decorated tent on the Redwood lawn, where they enjoyed dinner and the music of Norton and his seven-piece band. The two dance floors remained full throughout the evening. A spirited group of “Young Friends” arrived after the dinner for drinks and dancing.

The theme of Future Retro, looking back and looking ahead, recurs in the Redwood’s newest exhibition, “Future Retro: Car Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles.” The exhibition surveys automotive art from the 1950s to the 1970s, providing a view into what is now understood to be the great age of American know-how in car design and excellence in automotive art. Fifty-three of the illustrations are from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an additional 11 are the work of Portsmouth resident Arthur Dale Gustafson, a top illustrator in the 1950s-60s. The exhibition will remain open through Oct. 30.


Heidi, Robert, and Harriet Manice Heidi, Robert, and Harriet Manice Next on the Redwood’s social agenda is the annual Garden Party, Sunday, Aug. 28, from 5-7 p.m. One of the season’s most popular events before Labor Day, it is considered by many to be a traditional harbinger of the end of summer. Tickets are available and may be purchased at redwoodlibrary.org or by calling 401-847-0292 x 115.



Leith Adams and Virginia Purviance Leith Adams and Virginia Purviance

Elizabeth Leatherman and Sandra Whitehouse Elizabeth Leatherman and Sandra Whitehouse

Becca Bertrand and Doug Kohler Becca Bertrand and Doug Kohler

Photos by Jessica Pohl Photos by Jessica Pohl

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