Portsmouth, NH Art Gallery Gives Big “Alice in Wonderland” Vibes

I love when friends or family come to visit us in Portsmouth as it’s an excuse to act like a tourist in my own town. Often, I discover incredible places that I never knew existed within walking distance of my apartment. It’s a beautiful thing!

Recently, my mother-in-law Nancy came over from New Jersey, and she is very interested in visual art and performance. When he visits, Steven and I have to put on our cropped pants and act like we’re doing something other than sitting around local brews and munching on Buffalo Chicken Dip (but that will always be our truth).

We wanted to take Nance to Jimmy’s Jazz Club. We didn’t think we’d be able to catch a show on such short notice, but thought it would be cool to show him the listening room. When we walked in we noticed a very interesting art gallery on the ground floor called “The Museum of New Art” aka MONA. It was only $5 each for Rockingham County residents, so we thought “why the hell not?”

I know art means different things to different people and it’s all subject to interpretation. I didn’t use too much brain power trying to figure out what the artist was trying to convey. But I was really drawn to the vibrant colors and multi-textured pieces.

And then you walk into this room that serves up a great “Alice in Wonderland” energy. It actually gave me a little motion sickness which I’m embarrassed to admit. Who needs Dramamine before going to an art gallery? THIS GIRL!

The curator behind this exhibition is an artist named Markus Linnenbrink. We watched a video that showed him creating this installation and explaining his approach to art, which was fascinating.

Going to an art gallery on a Saturday afternoon is not a normal weekend activity for me, but I’m so glad I went! Sometimes I forget how fun it is to broaden your horizons and try new things. If you ever walk around Portsmouth city center and have an hour to spare, the Museum of New Art is worth a visit.

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