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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: For city's newest gallery, 'Argh' signifies the humor and struggle of art

August 10. 2018 11:07PM
Kevin Kintner, with some of his artwork at his gallery called Argh Gallery on Chestnut Street in Manchester on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

“Argh.” It’s an expression of frustration, and a fitting name for the city’s newest art gallery.

“I think art is a funny struggle,” said gallery owner and artist Kevin Kintner. “I’m always wrestling with it, but there’s a lot of humor in my work, too.”

“Argh” is also a word that comes from the comics that inspired Kintner to start drawing and painting 50 years ago.

His affection for the word is hard to miss in the front window of the 416 Chestnut St. gallery, which houses a giant ARGH sign made of colorful Christmas lights. Kintner made it himself, even before he got the idea for the gallery.

Kintner, 61, a former program director for New Horizons, said he was partly inspired to open his gallery by Bill Stelling and Karina Kelley, co-owners of Kelley Stelling Contemporary on Hanover Street.

“The art has been terrific,” he said.

Argh is strategically located around the corner from Kelley Stelling, to bring more “terrific art” to the city’s recently established Cultural District. Also within a stone’s throw is Jupiter Hall, a gallery and creative space across the street from the Palace Theatre.

Argh’s walls will soon contain work from a variety of artists, but now solely feature Kintner’s own abstract acrylic work, a style that is a far cry from the dark mythical creatures and monsters he used to create.

“Art always reflects what the artist is going through,” explained Kintner. “The last couple of years I’ve been evolving ... The paintings here now are an explosion of color.”

But Kintner’s older work is finding new life in his current pieces.

“I’ve been ripping them up and putting them into them,” he said. “These are sort of a hybrid of my own paintings.”

Argh Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. or by appointment. The public is invited to the closing reception of Kintner’s first show on Thursday, August 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

'Everything happens so much'

If you’re headed to Argh Gallery, time it on a day when you can visit Kelley Stelling Contemporary’s new exhibit called “Everything Happens So Much.”

The pieces for this show, which runs through Sept. 15, were selected by Currier Museum of Art Curator Kurt Sundstrom.

The show features painting, sculpture, video and sound installations that “consider the continuous scroll of words, images and ideas that flash through our social-media induced consciousness.”

Art Social Manchester

You can complete the Hanover area gallery trifecta at Jupiter Hall next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 for its pop-up gallery.

The weekend will be filled with pieces for sale from a variety of artists, live music and tasty treats. Stop by Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Monsters on the loose

They’re back. Studio 550 is doing what it does best and bringing art to the masses by unleashing 100 little clay monsters downtown next Saturday, Aug. 18.

Anyone who finds a monster can keep it and bring it to Studio 550 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. to be entered to win gift cards and prizes. Whoever finds the single albino monster will instantly win a date night in the pottery studio or family clay workshop for two. All monsters can also be presented to Dancing Lion Chocolate for a chocolate coin.

During the hunt, Studio 550, 550 Elm St., will also have a $1 pottery sale and the opportunity to try a pottery wheel.

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