Feed the Soul | Main Galleries | Gather New Hampshire
Looking Beyond Disability | East & South Galleries | One Sky
Pop-Up Selfie | South & Gerry Frazier Galleries | ONE WEEK ONLY Jan. 21 – Jan. 29
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association is holding a special exhibit beginning Jan. 10, titled “Feed the Soul.”
NHAA members are submitting works in all media about what feeds their souls – peaceful scenery, a spiritual image or even something that just makes them feel good, like reading.
“I’d love to try out a couple of my spiritual works which certainly fit the title of this show,” said NHAA artist Paul Noel. “I think the public is ready for a softer and gentler approach to spiritual art.”
But the show will also feed the clients of Gather, a Portsmouth-based organization that serves Seacoast residents facing hunger, formerly known as the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.
The agency was founded in 1816 by a small group of women committed to feeding the families of fishermen. Today, Gather is committed to ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership.
Gather serves those in the community experiencing hunger by providing nutritious food through innovative distribution programs and a Pantry Market. It currently serves 2,000 individuals a month.
”Collaboration to end hunger is exactly what Gather is about,” said Deb Anthony, executive director of Gather. “We know the only way to end hunger is for all members of our community to engage in the effort. We are thrilled to partner with the NH Art Association in reaching this goal.”
Artists are being asked to bring a nonperishable food item when they drop of their work. And, visitors to the gallery during the two-week show are asked to bring food items as well.
Visitors will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for a piece of original artwork. Cash and checks will also be accepted.
NHAA is also reaching out to local high schools’ arts departments to come on board. To date, Portsmouth High School’s Peer Leadership club has committed to setting up a collection box in the school’s arts class.
Items most needed are peanut butter, jelly/jam in plastic containers, solid white tuna and canned chopped tomatoes.
“Most of us enjoyed wonderful meals with family and friends over the holidays, but others in our communities are not as fortunate,” said Renee Giffroy, president of the NHAA’s board of directors. “That’s why January is the perfect time for NHAA’s month of giving and Gather is the perfect partner.”
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association and One Sky Community Services have joined forces to present a special exhibition of art created by individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders – which are today considered “alternate abilities.”
The work of these talented artists will be on display from Jan. 10 through Jan. 21, 2018 at the NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery at 136 State Street. A public reception, hosted by the NHAA and the One Sky Family Support Advisory Council, will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 12 to 3 p.m.
One Sky Community Services is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders live rich and fulfilling lives as members of their community. Based in Portsmouth, One Sky serves about 1,200 individuals and their families throughout most of Rockingham County.
Both organizations hope this exhibition will help to represent those artists in our community who are all too often underestimated and would not otherwise be featured in a professional art gallery.
Their artwork will inspire and encourage other artists and change public perceptions of individuals with developmental disabilities/alternate abilities. It will raise awareness of this unique population and foster new opportunities for the public to connect with them.
“NHAA is thrilled to partner with One Sky and provide a venue to showcase the work of some of their talented artists,” said Renee Giffroy, president of NHAA’s board of directors. “We hope the public shares our excitement and visits the gallery to see the exhibit and purchase some of their work.”
Individuals with developmental disabilities/alternate abilities often have difficulty communicating in conventional ways. Creative art expression allows them to relay their feelings, and empowers them with a way to display ideas and vision with visual and tactile aids.
Between 12 and 15 artists will be displaying five pieces of work during the show. They represent all ages and a variety of art media. Some are self-taught and some have had some art training. Some of the One Sky clients who will have work on display are Michelle Schladenhauffen, Nathan Gray, and Tom Owens.
While some of the artists in this exhibition have previously sold work, an equally important goal is the exposure of their work in communicating with their community on an important issue, and for them to see their work on public display giving them a greater sense of purpose, pride and a stronger connection with their community.
“One Sky Community Services thanks the New Hampshire Art Association for partnering with us on this very important exhibition,” said Chris Muns, DEO of One Sky. “Our artists are truly excited to participate and help to break down the barriers for those with developmental disabilities.”