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Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery | Aug. 30 – Sept. 30

August 30, 2017

38th Annual Jack Parfitt Photography Exhibition | Open Juried Participants | Main Gallery
Nature’s View Plein Air Exhibition | Wet Paint Out Participants & Members | East Gallery & South Gallery

NHAA’s 38th Annual Jack Parfitt Exhibition

PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will hold its 38th annual Jack Parfitt Juried Photography Exhibition during the month of September at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.

NHAA received a large amount of high-caliber submissions from members and artists in the region. Of 94 individual entries, juror Gary Sampson selected 52 works for the show.

Sampson, an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, is the New Hampshire artist laureate.

He developed his love of photography while working at the Manchester Historic Association, where he made contact prints from its archived glass-negative collection that documents the city of Manchester and the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.

This work inspired him to create comprehensive pictorial histories and to document people and culture.

Samson’s work is in private and public collections including the Currier Museum of Art, the University of New Hampshire and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

He is currently the Bachelor of Fine Arts Photography Chairperson at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and he has received two visual artist fellowships from the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

Jack Parfitt was active in his community as well as being an adventurer and expert photographer who spent his last 12 years traveling extensively. His travels included Russia, China, Afghanistan, Morocco and Iceland and Africa. He was given unheard of permission to photograph the Great Wall of China. He shared his art with the community and state by composing a series of slides and lecture presentations.

Jack was a board member of the NHAA and there is a juried memorial art exhibit in his name every year.

NHAA’s annual Plein Air showcase – ‘Nature’s View’

PORTSMOUTH – The walls of the East and South galleries of the Robert Levy Lincoln Gallery will be covered for the month of September with plein air paintings created by members of the New Hampshire Art Association.

“This is the annual NHAA members’ show of plein air work,” said Lennie Mullaney, who leads plein air workshops in various locales throughout the year for members and other area artists.

Plein air means painted outdoors on location. 

“Plein air painters cope with all kinds of weather – hot sun, biting insects, storms blowing in, tides going out, as well as continual interaction from the inquisitive public,” Mullaney said.

“Through it all, we strive to respond to perception and to direct observation,” she continued. “We may interpret, edit, and respond with emotion and memory. But the painting is built around capturing a moment in time, a particular place, and the effect light has on objects (including figures.)”

Plein air can be a cityscape, figurative, landscape or seascape.

“Really, there is no limit,” Mullaney said. “Paint at night. Paint from a rooftop. Paint from a kayak. Just get outdoors and paint.”

NHAA members and friends meet every week in an informal group (dates and locations can be found at www.nhartassociation.org), and many may paint independently on their own. The winners of the Wet Paint-Out Weekend, held in July, are invited back as guests to the members’ show.

Winners of this year’s Wet Paint-Out Weekend are Kathleen Robbins, first place; Pamela Lussier, second place; and Sean Ware, third place.

Robbins has a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art where she taught life drawing and painting for five years. She lives in the seacoast area and has a studio at the Button Factory in Portsmouth where she works and teaches workshops.

“Plein air painting feeds the work inside and outside the studio,” Robbins said. “What becomes important is capturing my immediate response to a place or thing, then the process of adding and subtracting with layers of paint ultimately creating the final piece.” 

Lussier recently moved to New Hampshire from Connecticut with her artist husband David. They are setting up a studio in Rollingsford, where they will both be teaching classes and workshops in landscape and plein air painting as well as selling their artwork.

Lussier has been active in the national plein air scene teaching workshops with David and participating in national paint-outs. She is presently managing the Todd Bonita Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine.

“In my work, I wish to give to my viewer a feeling of calmness and healing in these turbulent times,” Lussier said”. I also wish to design into these paintings a strong abstract pattern base to provide the feeling of inner strength. So the viewer will sense a strong overall force holding this world together.”

For more information, please contact Suzanne Laurent, PR/Marketing Coordinator, New Hampshire Art Association at srlaurent@gmail.com or 603.475.0875


August 30, 2017
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