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COVID-19 Hiatus

Wrong Brained, 

After careful consideration, we have decided to close Wrong Brain Headquarters & suspend Wrong Brain public events through the end of March. The safety of our residents, members & community is in our hands, and we are taking the social distancing recommendations from the WHO & CDC very seriously. Wrong Brain cares about your Weird, and we want to be proactive in light of potential harm that could be caused to you and vulnerable members of our community. We hope to reopen for Dover Art Walk on Friday, April 3 for Maps Of Places I’ve Never Been, Vero Stewart’s first gallery show. We are flexible and will reassess the progress of the pandemic in 2 weeks. But for now, it is our responsibility to slow transmission; we believe social distancing, hand washing, and disinfecting surfaces is the best we can do collectively and individually. We encourage you to follow these CDC recommendations as well. We have to protect ourselves to protect those who may not be able to protect themselves. We have to work together when those in power have done little to protect us. 

What that means for now:

Comedy Friday 3/20 will be live-streamed – please tune in at home & throw popcorn at the screen when someone tells a bad joke.

A Fancy New Discord Server – We’re going to go ahead and start our own Discord server which will act as a public chat room for those who want to engage and collaborate with people they might not know yet.

Gay Paper Mache Wednesdays 6-9pm will be an Instagram Live from your Studio Marathon – we encourage you to work on a project at home and join into our Livesteam from your studio, bedroom, kitchen, basement, or where ever! 

Quarantine Challenge – we will post a new creative challenge each day to keep ya’all engaged and making – there will be a prompt, you’ll make a thing and send us a picture / video – and we will post it! Send in by midnight. Posts happen the next morning!

Gig & service workers – if you are having trouble getting paid during this period of All Cancellations, send us your Venmo and a picture and a blurb – we’ll post for you. Have art or music to sell? We’ll post those links too. Let’s help each other stay afloat. I know I don’t have sick leave or health insurance…. 

Stay safe, stay weird, & make some art.


A runway event & gallery exhibit featuring outfits & artwork made from entirely recycled textile materials. This event marks the 1 year anniversary of Wrong Brain at Headquarters III & will be followed by an after-party, catered by Chapel+Main, with dancing, pie contest, & games.

The 5 fashion designers showing on the runway are all Project Upcycle Alumnae & work mainly with recycled clothing in their regular work. Sam Pao & Villada will premier their limited edition collaboration line, FRUIT, with bright, joyous colors, gender-free & size-inclusive garments featuring screen printing, dyeing, & cut & sew original patterns. Maya Critchfield is a fiber artist and educator living and working in Midcoast Maine. She is showing visibly mended sweaters with high-contract darning. Kirsten Elfe is a designer working in Dover, NH & will be showing a mini collection of explorations in therapeutic repetitive processes. Drew Rosen won second place at the 2019 Project Upcycle competition and will be showing a streetwear collection of pants & shirts made from scrap denim and jersey.

The gallery opens at 4pm. Runway show starts at 7:30pm. After party to follow.


Annual Wrong Brain Spring Bizaare
Call to Vendors
Saturday, May 9, 2020 11am-5pm
Millspace, Newmarket Mills, Newmarket, NH
The Wrong Brain Bizaare is a semiannual multimedia arts open market, pop up gallery, music exhibition and creative celebration! We aim to bring you the strange, unconventional, underground, alternative and emerging of the Seacoast.
We are seeking vendors who offer – original art, prints, zines, RECYCLED/HANDMADE: pins, patches, clothing, accessories, toys, VINTAGE/LOCAL: clothing, records and cassettes, comics, books, skincare, food, etc. Other items are absolutely acceptable as long as they fit the theme.
We are seeking pop-up gallery exhibitors with original art in frames or hanging fixtures.
Vendor spaces:
10×10 – $65
6×4 – $40
Bring your own tables and chairs.
Some electricity is available upon request only.
Most spaces have access to wooden beams for hanging.
To apply to be a vendor, please submit the following to
1 Business/artist name & location
2 What do you do?
3 What products will you sell?
4 Why do you fit the theme?
5 10×10 or 6×4?
6 Please attach 3-5 high quality, clear images.
7 Link to your website/blog/portfolio.
If you plan on sharing a space, please submit ONE application with BOTH of your info.
Wrong Brain donates 2 vendor spaces to local non-profit groups & charities. Please apply as a vendor and include a request for donated space.
To all applicants:
Not all who apply will be accepted. Space and time are limited and we are seeking only those who are Wrong Brained. ALL APPLICATIONS DUE BY SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020.

jamie smith debut show

Jamie “Tank” Smith is a 38 year old painter and professional tattoo artist living in Lawrence, MA and working at Jim’s Tattoo in Seabrook, NH. Although Jamie has made art his career through tattooing for 20 years, this exhibit is his first showing outside of the tattoo world.

This collection of colorful acrylic paintings spanning several years differs greatly from Jamie’s fine line, black heavy style of tattooing. The collection boasts a full, complex spectrum of color with high contrast and absolutely no black. While much of the imagery reflects tattoo culture: literal & inner demons, goat heads, skulls, & sacred hearts; the expressive brushstrokes and saturated hues show a more relaxed, even optimistic side to the structured tattoo practice and some darker subject matter.

Please join us for refreshments at the gallery opening in participation with Dover Art Walk on Friday, February 7, from 4-9:30pm at Wrong Brain HQ. The exhibit will be on display through the month of February during regular open hours, Weds-Sun. 66 Third Street, B1, Dover NH

Wrong Brain is a NH recognized nonprofit arts organization aimed at providing a venue and outlet for emerging, unconventional and underrepresented artists in the Seacoast area and beyond.

marisa kang. jan 3

Marisa Kang solo exhibition opens Jan 3, HQ Gallery

Marisa Kang is a painter & multimedia artist whose wild style & distinct hand make her work unmistakable. Kang mixes pointillism, graffiti, & abstract expressionism on traditional canvases alongside found objects & furniture. This is her last show in New Hampshire before she leaves cross country – don’t miss out!

Opening reception Friday, January 3, 4-8pm at Wrong Brain Headquarters in Dover.


“TRASH & TEXTILES” at Wrong Brain Headquarters

Group exhibit & runway show call for submissions: recycled / upcycled wearable art, fiber 2D & 3D art, couture & ready-to-wear fashion. All submissions must be original work, be composed of mostly recycled materials, & be wearable or fiber/textile objects/hangings. 

Gallery submissions: Artists may submit up to 5 works to be displayed on the gallery wall or gallery pedestals. Not all work may be accepted. Artists should send, for each piece: photo, dimensions, materials, title, price. Wrong Brain takes no commission on sold work in the gallery, but any donation is appreciated. 

Runway submissions: Designers may show up to 8 complete looks in the runway show. An additional 10 looks may be displayed for sale on provided clothing racks in the Sam Pao shop/HQ gallery for the month of October. Designers should send a portfolio, short bio & process/materials used. The Sam Pao shop takes 30% commission on any sales made during regular open hours. Any garments sold on opening night/runway show are all yours. You may provide your own models or contribute funds to our models, which will be decided in September based on need. Not all designers may be accepted. 

This is a juried show, not all submissions may be accepted.

Please send submissions to include your artist & brand name, website & social media links, location, short bio, & contact information. Any photos sent may be used for promotional purposes.

RUNWAY SHOW SUBMISSIONS DUE BY AUGUST 24. Notifications of acceptance sent August 26. This quick turnaround is due to model & event preparations. You don’t have to submit the exact looks which will walk the runway. 

GALLERY SHOW SUBMISSIONS DUE BY SEPT 20. Notifications of acceptance sent Sept 23. Artwork due in the gallery by Oct 1.

The opening reception & runway event will take place at Wrong Brain Headquarters from 4-8pm on Friday, October 4 (possible after party TBA). 66 Third Street, B1, Dover, NH. The space is not wheelchair accessible. We have free off street and on street parking. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. The show will remain up through the end of October, with regular hours Sunday 12-5, Wednesday 12-9, Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-7, Saturday 10-7. 

TAKEDOWN TEN Call for vendors Sept. 14 at Rock Maple Woods

This will mark the 10th year in Takedown history. Spanning 3 different venues, over a hundred musical acts, movie re-creations, countless fundraisers, and performances, the Takedown has persevered and brought a steady stream of creativity into this world. This year we will celebrate the journey and take to the woods once again. The event is a potluck and you are encouraged to bring a dish. There will also be food available by donation from MrSippy BBQ. Music will be joined by aerial story performances by Storycamp Dangercamp. The night will culminate with a multimedia performance by Ben Troy titled ‘Black and Blue 2’. “A buddy cop story, starring buddies”

Seeking art & craft venders, please email with your name, location, website, bio, description of goods and photos.

Wrong Brain Headquarters RETURNS!!

HQ RETURNS!! That’s right – we have a space again! Our new Headquarters is located JUST outside of downtown Dover, in a fun multi-use building right next to the train station. HQIII will have a community space for events, gallery, 7 private studios, & Sam Pao retail shop & textile studio. We’ll have open hours 5 days a week! We’ll have free street parking! Monthly memberships will include use of community space during open hours, discounts on events & store, & of course use of all our tools, materials & equipment.

Grand opening March 2019! 66 Third Street, B1, Dover NH

Studio rental application below –

Wrong Brain Headquarters serves as private art studios and community space. Our 2,200 sq. foot suite features 7 private studios, community/event space, gallery, and retail store. As a resident artist you will have access to your own spot at HQ 24/7 and access to the community space whenever there is no event. Resident artists also have  access to all our equipment and tools, like Dennis the Xerox copier, Epson color printer and scanner, projector, carving tools and more.

Studios are 10 x 13 feet, $150/month for a 1 year agreement. Spaces may be shared by up to 2 people. Studios open February 1, 2019!

Wrong Brain is proud to be a safe space – meaning we do not tolerate violence, harassment, hate speech or discrimination based on sex, gender, sexuality, race, cultural background, religion, ability, age or class. We aim to provide a welcoming and constructive environment for marginalized people through art, opportunities, meetings and events. We expect our resident artists, volunteers and participants to uphold these same standards.

Wrong Brain puts priority on resident artists who want to contribute to the organization and community. Other responsibilities of resident artists include: sharing maintenance/chores; at least 4 hours of volunteer time per month (helping with events, publicity/marketing, street team, fundraising etc); and attending monthly committee meetings.

We look forward to working with you awesome people!

Email applications to

Application for Studio Space
Wrong Brain Headquarters, 66 Third Street B1, Dover NH 
Concentration/mediums/description of work
Why do you want to rent at HQ?
What is your relationship to Wrong Brain and/or what does Wrong Brain mean to you?



Zine Director– Seeking someone to take charge of all our Zine curating, editing & publishing. Job includes heading up the printing, editing, recruiting submissions, advertising & fundraising for the annual Wrong Brain zine, plus sporadic zine projects as it fits into the Wrong Brain mission.  Zines are a vital part of Wrong Brain and our art community, and we need a creative, motivated leader to keep this going.  Email a brief bio, experience, & any links to

Gallery Assistant – Seeking someone to help Gallery Director Shawn Perry in hanging monthly shows at Headquarters & Jonny Boston’s International. Perfect opportunity for someone looking to learn about curating & gallery tech! Email Shawn at

Street Team Leader – Seeking someone to make sure monthly promotion gets done! You’ll be in charge of physical posters, calendars, flyers and postcards posting around Dover, Newmarket, Portsmouth, Kittery, Durham, Exeter, South Berwick, etc! Like to walk around and talk to people? This is the job for you! Or, make sure it gets done by delegating to the responsible volunteer team! Email  😀