Amidon's No Longer: Hood Downtown's New Home
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The former Amidon jewelry store used to be filled with beautiful things. It sits vacant on Hanover's Main Street. The Hood Museum has closed its doors for a three-year long renovation, but still wants to bring beautiful things to the community. Voila! The Hood moves downtown.
The Hood Museum has just signed a lease to rent the old Amidon's site as part of its outreach to Dartmouth and the Upper Valley. Called Hood Downtown, (previously outlined here) it will stage a new exhibition of borrowed art approximately every two and a half months. Renovations to the space will begin soon. The first show is scheduled for mid-September.
Hood Director John Stomberg states that the Hood Downtown will be free and open to the public. In addition, there will be extended hours so that art lovers are not constrained by the usual museum daytime-only schedule. Hood Downtown will bring added life to the small outdoor plaza where Nugget movie-goers habitually line the stone wall and gelato-indulgers hunt for a table or bench. For those upcoming beautiful fall evenings, Hood Downtown and Morano Gelato, in either order, could be an irresistible combination.
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Top photo is artist's rendering of the new Hood Museum.