New Hampshire’s Rapidly Growing Art Scene Highlighted At Local Show

In the art world, “popup” galleries are a hot trend. Using an empty commercial space, a popup gallery provides artists with a convenient spot to show off their work and provides building owners a unique way to show the space. The result is an event with a fun, spontaneous and synergistic vibe.

Friday May 18, Sisters Gift Shoppe at the Crossroads Mall in Londonderry will host a rather interesting version of a popup gallery. Entitled “Kajimato: The Art of Emotion,” the event will feature carefully curated artworks by emerging and established artists from southern New Hampshire. Each of the 15 artists participating will show art of a specific category or style; everything from sculpture and painted glass to still life, landscape and abstract will be represented. Many of the artists have won awards for their work and some will show never-before-seen pieces.

“This will be a fun, classy event,” says co-organizer Andy Mack Jr. “The work I’ve seen from both the veteran artists and emerging artists is simply amazing. Southern New Hampshire has a rapidly growing and deeply talented arts community. It’s exciting to be a part of it!” Sister’s Gift Shoppe co-owner Jill Morland feels the anticipation as well. The expert home decorator loves what art can do for a home. “Every house should have a conversation piece,” Morland said. “Sometimes that happens by the placement of things that you wouldn’t necessarily find there. Could be whimsical or it could be [something] thought provoking.”

Additionally, the event will be a first-time commercial show experience for several talented student artists from Londonderry High School, selected by art teacher Mimi Johnson. Judged by their veteran  peers, one student will win “gallery space” for two months at the newly expanded Coffeeberries, a coffee shop and cafe at the Apple Tree Mall. The student will also win “virtual” gallery space online courtesy of the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center as well as art representation/promotion through Andy Mack Jr and Londonderry Fine Art.

During the show, interested parties can take a closer look at the space, shown by owner Grubb & Ellis, a commercial real estate firm based in Northern New England. There are two spaces that can be leased individually or together; a nearly 4,000 square foot professional space upstairs and the soon to be available 2000+ sq. ft. space occupied by Sisters Gift Shoppe. The home décor, gallery and design shop will close at the end of May, as co-owners Jill Morland and Kathy Galvin have new opportunities that necessitate the move.

The show is this Friday evening from 6pm-10pm at, and over, Sisters Gift Shoppe at the Crossroads Mall in Londonderry NH. The show is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the shop at 603-965-4411 or log on to