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Creative Guts Events

We host creativity-based events, aiming to enrich the community and help creatives connect!

Upcoming Events

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Creative Guts Short Film Festival

June 11, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Red River Theatres in Concord, New Hampshire

The Creative Guts Short Film Festival presents independent filmmakers from New Hampshire and beyond. The 3-hour festival will feature various films and creatives of all backgrounds. The spirit of this festival is to celebrate the creativity, voice, and collaboration of filmmakers. 

 

All films will be open captions. 

 

Tickets to the festival are now on sale for $12 and will support the missions of Creative Guts, a New Hampshire nonprofit. If cost is a barrier to attend, please reach out to hello@CreativeGutsPodcast.com to discuss a fee waiver. 

Filmmakers who submitted to the festival will be notified in mid-May. A jurying process will be conducted to approve selected films. Filmmakers of selected films will receive two free tickets to the festival.

Red River Theatres is a nonprofit cinema showing first-run indie films & classics in 3-theater venue with a cafe & gallery, located at 11 S Main St, Concord, NH 03301. Learn more about Red River Theatres at www.redrivertheatres.org

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Thank you to Parker Education for sponsoring the Film Festival at the Producer Level! 
 

Parker Education serves the educational needs of families. Programs include Parker Academy, 1:1 tutoring, and standardized test preparation. Learn more about Parker Education at www.ParkerEducation.com.

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The Creative Guts Short Film Festival will not only have amazing films to watch but also raffle prizes that movie-goers will have a chance to win! Your ticket to the festival entitles you to one raffle ticket. More raffle tickets can be purchased at the festival for an even greater chance to win some amazing prizes (and also support the mission of Creative Guts!).

 

At the conclusion of the festival, we'll be raffling off the following items:

🔹 A free stay at The Hotel Concord (multiple winners!).* Winners for the overnight stays at The Hotel Concord can also catch a free movie at RRT without leaving the building!

🔹 A gift certificate to Granite State Escape for 4 people

🔹 Creative Guts Short Film Festival Merch

🔹 Red River Theatres Merch

 

We'd like to give a huge thank you to The Hotel Concord and Granite State Escape for their generous support of our festival!

Guests of The Hotel Concord will enjoy the serene luxury and thoughtful touches of an independent boutique hotel, conveniently tucked in the heart of downtown Concord, NH. Occupying the fourth and sixth floors of the Capital Commons building with views of NH's historic State House, The Hotel Concord is the perfect setting for your Granite State getaway, meeting, or special event. Learn more at www.hotelconcordnh.com.

 

Unlock a world of adventure with uniquely themed rooms at Granite State Escape. Each puzzle is key, every clue a mystery waiting to be unraveled. Will you emerge victorious or be left wanting more? Challenge accepted? Explore their interactive escape rooms in Manchester, NH at www.escapenh.com.

 

*Gift Certificates to the Hotel Concord are for a complimentary weeknight stay, and reservations must be made 14 days in advance with The Hotel Concord.

Creative Guts is thrilled to present Snarl, a duo exhibition featuring the captivating works of Heather Hernon and Raisa Tolchinsky at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts! As two past guests of the Creative Guts podcast (listen here), their combined artistry promises an unforgettable experience for visitors to the Carnegie Gallery.

The exhibition will be on view from May 6, 2024, to September 6, 2024, with a reception planned for May 14, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The public is encouraged to attend.

Snarl: A Creative Guts curated exhibition at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, featuring Heather Hernon and Raisa Tolchinsky

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Poetry by Raisa Tolchinksky

Through flowing words and hair that weaves in the wind, Hernon and Tolchinsky’s works seamlessly intertwine in this curated showcase, offering a blend of visual and written works that converge in thoughtful imagination through the intertwined worlds of visual art and poetry.

The RMFA's Carnegie Gallery is located at the Rochester Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Rochester, NH 03867.

Past Events

Meet 'n Make - April 3, 2024

Creative Guts invited creatives to join us for a casual virtual Meet 'n Make on Wednesday, April 3rd. This was open for anyone to join and work on whatever creative medium they'd like, though we've timed this to give folks participating in this year's Tiny Art Exchange a chance to gather and work on our tiny art together!

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Tiny Art Exchange - 2024 - Registration has closed!

For the fourth year, Creative Guts invited creatives to participate in an international tiny art exchange. Participants will create an original piece of tiny art (5” x 7” or smaller, in any ratio) to mail to an address we supply from another participant. Everyone will send a piece of art and receive a piece of art from another creative in the world. This is a great way to connect, be inspired, and show off your creative guts! 

 

How it works:

1. Participants register by Monday, March 18, 2024. You will receive a name and address from Creative Guts by Wednesday, March 28, 2024 via email.

2. Create an original piece of art, no larger than 5" x 7". Feel free to sign it and include your social media handles, website, or business card!

3. Mail your artwork to the address provided by Saturday, April 6, 2024.

4. You should receive artwork from another participant in the following weeks. If you do not receive a piece of art by Saturday, April 27th, please contact us at hello@CreativeGutsPodcast.com so we can investigate. 

5. If you are on social media, we encourage you to share the art you receive! Please tag us and use the hashtag #CreativeGutsExchange in your post so we can see what you got!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Your name and mailing address will be shared with the person who is sending you art! The artwork you send may be shared by the recipient or Creative Guts on social media.

Questions? Contact us at hello@CreativeGutsPodcast.com and learn more at www.CreativeGutsPodcast.com


If you’re a big fan of this program, check out our Tiny Art Exchange merch at our Tee Public store, including shirts, totes, mugs, and more! 

Kaleidoscope Exhibition

Creative Guts partnered with the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts to present Kaleidoscope, a colorful, group exhibition. 

 

The exhibition was on view in the Bernier Room at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts from November 5, 2023 through January 5, 2024.

In addition, all works selected were featured in a Creative Guts' zine!

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Rug Hooking Workshop

 

Isabel Ardito Lebo of Cheeky Neighborhood taught the wonders of rug hooking at a workshop at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter. 

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Show Us Your Creative Guts Exhibit 

 

The Show Us Your Creative Guts Group Exhibit, at the Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery, featured artwork of past Creative Guts guests in the Fall of 2023.

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Art 'Round the Room - October 2023

 

Art ‘Round the Room is a speed dating-style event geared toward adults (without the dating). Attendees have the opportunity to visit timed stations around the room and experience various art mediums with guidance from professional artists! This is a rare opportunity for grown ups to play and experiment!

This event was held in October 2023 at The Derryfield School, in Manchester, NH.

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This project was made possible in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. We thank them for their support. 

A special thank you to The Derryfield School for providing a welcoming, accessible, and inspiring space for participants to create in. 

Thank you to Blick Art Materials for donating a gift card for art supplies for the event.

Arts Market at AUFS - September 2023

 

The Creative Guts Arts Market at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in their garden and parking lot featured an eclectic mix of local artists and creatives from the area, including some former guests of the podcast!

Musical guests Clandestine and Atlantic Canyons performed music at the event as well. 

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Meet N Make - April  2023

 

Creative Guts hosted a Meet n Make event at Two Villages Art Society in Contoocook, NH. 

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Tiny Art Exchange - April  2023

 

Makers from all over participated in an international tiny art exchange. Participants created original tiny art (5” x 7” or smaller, in any ratio) and mailed to another participant. This was a great way to connect, be inspired, and show off your creative guts. 

Stay tuned for another exchange next year!

Life Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing

 

Creative Guts and Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery teamed up to present unguided life figure drawing sessions with a nude model. Artists bring all materials and drawing surface. The cost to attend is $20. Reservations are necessary, as there is limited seating. 

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Youth Zine Celebration Event at Kimball Jenkins

 

Youngsters who participated in the 2022 Youth Zine were invited to participate in a celebration event, learning printmaking with educator Becky Barsi. The event, held at Kimball Jenkins in Concord, NH, was an opportunity for youth local to NH to connect with other young creatives for an art lesson, poetry, and celebrate the work they contributed.

 

This project was funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which we are extremely grateful for.

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Meet N Make - June  2022

 

Creative Guts hosted a Meet n Make event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH.

Tiny Art Exchange - April  2022

 

Makers from all over participated in an international tiny art exchange. Participants created original tiny art (5” x 7” or smaller, in any ratio) and mailed to another participant. This was a great way to connect, be inspired, and show off your creative guts. 

Meet N Make - 2021

 

Creative Guts hosted a Meet n Make event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH.

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Open Mic at AUFS

 

Creative Guts hosted an Open Mic in the Garden at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH. Musicians and poets graced the stage and shared auditory creations. 

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Meet N Make - 2020

 

Creative Guts hosted a Meet n Make event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH.

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Tiny Art Exchange - 2020

 

Makers from all over participated in an international tiny art exchange. Participants created original tiny art (5” x 7” or smaller, in any ratio) and mailed to another participant. This was a great way to connect, be inspired, and show off your creative guts. 

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Meet N Make -  December 2020

 

Creative Guts hosted a virtual Meet n Make event.

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Meet N Make - April 2020

 

Creative Guts hosted a virtual Meet n Make event.

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Meet n Critique - February 2020

 

Creative Guts hosted a Meet n Critique event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH. Attendees brought artwork to present to the group and feedback was provided to help artists grow. 

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Stitch n Bitch - January 2020

 

Creative Guts hosted a Stitch n Bitch event at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH. Attendees brought projects to work on and had lots of fun chatting while stitching away.

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WHERE WE LIVE

Virtual Art Exhibit

Creative Guts teamed up the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast to present a virtual art exhibit celebrating the places we call home. Where We Live aims to better connect us, as individuals, to the beauty, diversity, and importance of the places we call home. Housing is our mission, but what is housing without the people who call it home? Head on over to the coalition's website and click on each piece to learn about the artist. 

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