"Growing Up Portsmouth" Community Art Project

“Growing Up Portsmouth” is a series of community-created large-scale portraits of people, chosen by artist Eric Gold, as part of Portsmouth’s story.

People of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to paint a small segment of a portrait. Each segment takes 30-60 minutes to complete. Participants will sit in groups and make art, have conversations and a unique experience of community, layered with themes and stories of Portsmouth and the subject we are painting.

Each portrait is made of 100 original small artworks assembled by the artist into a single painting. Through these events, the Seacoast community is invited to celebrate Portsmouth's 400th anniversary (Portsmouth400) while creating a permanent artwork for generations to come. All ages are welcome, but these events are geared for adults.

Join us for this FREE program: let’s make art together.

About Eric Gold:
Eric Gold is an artist whose work explores collective consciousness in populations through the creation of art and community. Over the past ten years, Gold has created paintings with thousands of people across the US and Canada. Eric grew up in Portsmouth in the late 70s and 80s, in the backdrop of Cafe Petronella, the restaurant and arts hub his mother opened in 1979. To learn more about him and his work, please visit ericgoldart.com.


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400 Little Harbor Road
PortsmouthRockingham County, New Hampshire 03801