Arts & Culture

3S Artspace
319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, NH
(603) 766.3330

3S Artspace is a nonprofit alternative arts organization that combines performance space, an art gallery and Block Six restaurant. We’re dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging art and entertainment and cultivating an informal space for the exchange of ideas and creativity. 3S has been years in the making, years of careful planning, collaboration and programming within our community. The idea sprang from the need to provide space for the kind of experiences that shape us all. Our home in downtown Portsmouth is a place for curious minds of all ages and backgrounds to gather, explore, cultivate new perspectives and ideas and fall in love with the experiences of eating, seeing, hearing and making, all under one roof.

Aphrodite Wedding Photography
We capture your chemistry, your story, your celebration
(603) 502-3175

Jennifer Belkus Goolkasian is the owner and principal photographer of Aphrodite Wedding Photography. Her devotion to her art is immense, and her energy infectious. She blends documentary realism with a softer, illustrative style. Her experience in photography/film production spans more than a decade. Since the advent of Aphrodite Wedding Photography in 2007, Jennifer’s award-winning work has placed internationally among other professionals, received “Best Of” and Bride’s Choice commendations, and published on the covers and in the pages of magazines.

Back Burner Designs
302 Main St., Somersworth
(603) 781-4703

Our mission is to build honest furniture using as much reclaimed wood as possible. We design in-house, specializing in wood dining tables, furniture and home decor. We are happy to work with you to create anything from one piece to a room or a whole house; if you run a business,  we can help you get the look and feel you are striving for through accent walls, furniture, tables, and displays. Back Burner Designs also supports programs that benefit the local community, small business and the environment, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Discover Portsmouth Center
42 Middle St., Portsmouth
(603) 436-8433

Discover Portsmouth is the place where you can find all you need to know about cultural Portsmouth. Our staff and volunteers are up to date on the many happenings in the city. We can suggest a new play at a small theater company, where to catch a blockbuster art opening, or which historic house has a great collection of Chinese export porcelain.

We also invite to you watch our short film on the history of Portsmouth, tour our free art exhibits, or browse through our Museum Shop.

Eric McCallister Photography
Unobtrusive. Creative. Documentary
(603) 733-4575

With a passion for adventure and travel photography domestically, my portfolio stretches coast to coast. An active rock and ice climber, mountain biker, and SCUBA diver, I am often able to get to places that most people can’t. From sunrises atop El Capitan to wind and snow swept Mount Washington during the heart of winter, my images capture the beauty of sometimes familiar places from a unique perspective. My goal is to capture the natural beauty of the environments that I visit and the energy and passion of the people I find there. Eric McCallister is available for corporate and excutive portraits, commercial location shoots, family, senior and infant sessions, as well as weddings and event coverage.

John Benford Photography
Architectural, Editorial & Fine Art Photography
1 Washington Street, Suite 457, Dover NH
(603) 9691333

I specialize in on-location photography of people, places and man-made spaces. A sense of place is central to my work, as highlighted in my series Grounding: Small New England Farms. I offer B2B services (architectural, editorial, corporate photography) and fine art prints for both consumers and businesses.

Just Us Chickens
Locally Hatched Hand Crafts, Gifts and Cards
156A State Road, Kittery ME
(207) 439-4209

Just Us Chickens is an artisan coop with 22 local members who hand make all of the merchandise. The shop has everything from home decor items, pottery, jewelry, felted and hand sewn items to American Girl Doll clothes and Women’s accessories. The inventory is continually being changed so the shop is never the same twice. Just Us Chickens has cards made from photography, water colors, felting, scratchboard art, dried flowers, oil paints and hand dyed paper.

Pontine Theatre
959 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-6660

Creating and performing intimately scaled original productions that celebrate the culture, history and literature of New England.

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center
Building community through the arts
75 Albany Street, Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-4278

PMAC) Portsmouth Music and Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community music and arts school serving the seacoast. Our mission is to build community through the arts by providing all people with the opportunity to achieve their full creative potential, regardless of their age, ability, or economic status. PMAC offers music and fine arts instruction to students starting at age 5 in the form of private instruction, ensembles, art classes, adult education and more! Portsmouth Music and Arts Center is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the proud home of over 30 music and art educators in the region.

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra
Discover. Explore. Experience.
(603) 686-8133

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra is a 65+ piece orchestra of local professionals, educators, dedicated amateurs and advanced from the greater Seacoast area. The Orchestra presents three concerts each season at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH.

Prescott Park Arts Festival
The Seacoast’s favorite summer tradition
105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-2848

Presenting a full range of entertainment in beautiful Prescott Park. All events, from music theater to music festivals, concerts to kids’ events, are offered free to the general public.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
125 Bow Street, Portsmouth
(603) 433-4472

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is a professional non-profit theater and is committed to contributing to the cultural richness of the Seacoast region through the shared experience of live theatre and the collaboration with community arts organizations. Our inclusive programs are created to empower and inspire the imaginations of each and every member of our community.

Strawbery Banke Museum
History Happened Here
14 Hancock Street Portsmouth NH
(603) 433-1100

Strawbery Banke is about connecting with the past. Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth, NH, community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century.

The Music Hall
Easy to get to, Impossible to forget
28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-2400

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus – one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the US Senate, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

The Sound
Free & independent news for the Seacoast
105 Court St. Portsmouth NH
(603) 373-0499

The Sound covers news and culture on the greater New Hampshire Seacoast. Our mission is to provide information and inspiration.The Sound encourages participation in both our creative community and local government. We aim to keep readers informed and engaged, and to do so with a balance of urgency and diligence, gravity and humor, accountability and fun.The Sound is owned and operated locally by journalists who uphold the traditions of ethics, accuracy, integrity and reliability, as well as the highest standards of quality. We hope you like our work as much as we do.