Spellbinding: From tarot cards to aura interpretation, psychic fair had it all

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Jacki Joy, a spiritual, tarot card and energy reader and a regular attendee at the annual City Arts Nashua Psychic Fair fundraiser, listens to Nashua resident Judy Airosus, one of several visitors who stopped by her table for a reading at Sunday's event.

NASHUA – New endeavors and ongoing initiatives of City Arts Nashua got a healthy boost on Sunday, thanks to the scores of Greater Nashua residents who filled the landmark Hunt Memorial Building for its eighth annual Psychic Fair Fundraiser.

The fair’s increasing popularity over the years was evident on the sign-up sheets: All 15- and 30-minute blocks of time were filled barely two hours into the 41/2-hour event.

Judith Carlson, the fair’s organizer, said the event has, and continues to, provide support for numerous arts projects in Nashua.

“There is no better atmosphere for a reading than the Hunt Memorial Building,” Carlson said, noting that the bulk of the readings take place in the Hunt’s restored “old reading room.”

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Lisa Lanfair, an artist and designer from Hudson who took part in Sunday's City Arts Nashua Psychic Fair fundraiser, greets visitors who stopped by her table to check out her spiraling wire creations and jewelry.

The fair’s success over the years can be attributed to the large number of longtime participants who continue to take part.

Among them is Jacki Joy, who on Sunday was back at her favorite loccation in the old reading room.

“I always sit right next to the gorgeous fireplace and soak in the beautiful energy of the building,” Joy told an interviewer in advance of the fair.

After a brief two or three minute break between visitors on Sunday, Joy welcomed Nashua resident Judy Airosus to her table, where the two were soon deep in conversation with what appeared to be circular-shaped oracle cards spread out before them.

One of the more eye-catching stations was manned by Robert Menard, a psychic medium, Akashic record reader and a practitioner of quantum healing light who offered aura photo readings on Sunday.

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup The recently restored bay windows at the front of the Hunt Memorial Building's old reading room rise above psychic reader Lori Haynes, right, as she speaks with a visitor to Sunday's City Arts Nashua Psychic Fair fundraiser.

Menard, owner of The Healing Power of Flowers in Salem, is also among the regular participants in Nashua’s fair.

Two of the more visible and culturally significant art-related projects the fair has benefitted over the years are the West Pearl Street Mural Project, in 2014, and the restoration of “Margaret’s View of Nashua,” a fresco mural in the Janice B. Streeter Theater on Court Street, in 2016.

The West Pearl Street project is often called “Vivian’s Dream,” a tribute to the late Vivian Walker, whose family once owned the West Pearl Street building on which artist Barbara Andrews painted a 40-by-35-foot mural depicting the historic Tremont House, a grand hotel at Main and West Pearl streets torn down in the 1920s.

Meanwhile, the fresco mural in the Streeter Theater was restored thanks in large part to the proceeds of the 2016 psychic fair. Created by the late prolific artist Lucienne Bloch, the project was commissioned by the late Margaret Swart, a founder of the former Nashua Arts and Science Center, and completed in 1992.

The next important date on City Arts Nashua’s calendar is the fifth annual Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon on Sunday, March 25.

“Champagne with the Greek Muses” is the theme of this year’s event, which will honor the 2018 arts award winners.

For more information, go to www.cityartsnashua.org.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.