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Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery | May 31 – Jul. 1

May 31, 2017

Body of Work Series II | Cynthia Irwin, Jessica Fligg, Joanna Novembrino, Judith Shah, Mary Clare Heffernan, Norm Ramsey, Robert Thoresen, Susan Stetson | Main Gallery

Retrospective | Keith Eveland & Bob Nilson | East Gallery
Contact: Suzanne Laurent, PR/Marketing Coordinator, New Hampshire Art Association, at srlaurent@gmail.com or 603-475-0875

A Lifetime of Art for Fun: A Retrospective with Keith Eveland and Bob Nilson
Keith Eveland and Bob Nilson will be exhibiting some of their art from a prolific lifetime of creativity. Both Eveland and Nilson use humor and exaggeration in their work, which is why this exhibit is so much fun.
For 39 years, Eveland of Rye has kept a visual diary of his family and friends, travel and work. He now has filled 84 11×14 portfolios with his diary entries for a total of over 5,000 pages.
His journals include silhouettes and abstracts as well as drawings from a weekly life drawing group in Maine that he’s been going to for more than 30 years. Photographs will also be shown of his sculptures and oil and watercolor paintings.
Nilson joins Eveland to exhibit his caricatures of bands and local celebrities, and sketches of buildings around the area.
For many years, Nilson of Portsmouth was the artist and author of two popular features in the Portsmouth Herald – Seacoast Sketchbook and Guess Who?
Seacoast Sketchbook focused on buildings and natural scenes in New Hampshire, Maine and (sometimes) beyond. Guess Who? spotlighted entertainers in local venues, and invited his audience to guess who the musicians were. This provided publicity for upcoming performances, and entertainment for Nilson’s readers.
Though the columns run no more, Nilson still enjoys catching the passing scene with pen and paper in local cafes.

GET OUT! | Lennie Mullaney | South Gallery
Contact: Suzanne Laurent, PR/Marketing Coordinator, New Hampshire Art Association, at srlaurent@gmail.com or 603-475-0875

‘GET OUT!’ A Plein Air Exhibition

PORTSMOUTH – Lennie Mullaney, a Portsmouth artist with a studio at the Button Factory, wants you to “GET OUT!” – outdoors, that is.
Her solo show for the month of June at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy South Gallery is all recent “plein air”, meaning work done on location outdoors. Her love of light, sense of place, or gestures of a passing figure inform her compositions.
“I am a perceptual painter, first and foremost,” Mullaney said. “I respond to shape, value and color.”
Mullaney said working outdoors challenges her to move quickly, as the sun climbs, clouds shift, the tide rises, children run off to play, and that old pickup truck drives away.
“Then there are the constant interruptions of the onlookers who are curious about art or give an impromptu critique,” she said.
Often Mullaney hands a loaded brush to a child and encourages him or her to paint on her painting.
“Art is for everyone,” she said. “We are all visual learners.”
May through October Mullaney coordinates weekly plein air meet ups through NHAA that are free and open to anyone at any level in all media.  Plein air events are offered on the coast in New Hampshire and Maine, in downtown Portsmouth and Prescott Park – places full of figures and activity, at rural farms, marshes and lakes, gardens and greenhouses, and at historic houses or sites.
Some pop-up nocturnal paint out events are in the making, too. From July 22 to 24, Mullaney will manage the NHAA’s Wet Paint Out Weekend. This is a plein air juried event, open to all, with prizes and an exhibition and sale on Sunday.
“If you are outdoors painting, I can promise you will be stimulated, challenged and maybe surprised by your own results,” Mullaney said. “Just ‘GET OUT!’”
Mullaney earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of New Hampshire, and a M.S. in Art Education from CCSU. She is juried member of NHAA, the Ogunquit Art Association, Kittery Art Association, N.H. Plein Air Painters, and Women’s Caucus for Arts/ N.H.
Mullaney supports education and collaboration among all art organizations, ages for all ages, believing the community is strengthened and unified through music, theater, dance, visual arts and play.
“No matter our backgrounds, we can communicate through the arts,” she said.


May 31, 2017
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