18th Annual Joan L. Dunfey Open Juried Exhibition | Main Gallery
David Speltz & Norm Desfosses | On the Trail of Samuel Bemis & Fiber on Fiber | East Gallery
Painting Special Interest Group | South Gallery
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding its 18th annual Joan L. Dunfey Exhibition during the month of November in its main gallery at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
NHAA received a large amount of high caliber submissions from members and artists in the region. Of 270 individual entries, the juror, Patrick McCay, selected 105 works in all media for the show.
McCay completed undergraduate and graduate work in fine arts at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, U.K., and holds a second master’s in fine arts from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He completed a post-graduate certificate in education at St. Andrews University.
McCay’s national and International exhibitions includes The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; The Edinburgh International Festival; London’s Royal Academy; The London Institute Sydney College of Fine Arts, Australia; Leila De Pintura, Rue Miguel, Lisbon Portugal; and the Irish College for the Humanities.
He has been the recipient of numerous juried awards, grants, purchase prizes and scholarships including an Andrew Carnegie Trust Award. His works are in public and private collections including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Baldwin Piano Corporation, Princess Margaret, Georgia Council for the Arts and Westin Hotels Inc.
McCay is an active academic artist and lecturer with 25-plus years experience at the college level including leadership positions in the American International School of London, Savannah College of Art and Design, College for Creative Studies, Michigan, and the New York School of Visual Arts.
McCay served as Dean for the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2003-2012) and presently now serves as the chairman of the Visual Arts Department at the N.H. Institute of art.
Dunfey, a seacoast resident died in 1998. She was a steadfast patron of the arts, and her estate provided funding for the Joan L. Dunfey Fund for the Arts through the New Hampshire Charitable Fund that supports this annual exhibit. Winners will receive $800 for first place; $500 for second; and $300 for third place.
PORTSMOUTH – Norman Desfosses and David Speltz will be sharing the walls of the East Gallery at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery during November.
Speltz of Portsmouth is the founder and owner of Camera Commons LLC of Dover. He has been an accomplished photographer for more than 50 years, and a collector a collector of primarily living artists.
He has studied with several internally known photographers since the mid-1970s. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his MBA from Boston University.
He teaches basic and advanced photography at Camera Commons and his work has been exhibited in several regional exhibitions. Speltz is a past president of the N.H. Society of Photographic Artists.
Speltz’s exhibit is titled “On the Trail of Samuel Bemis.” These are images he made along the trail of Samuel Bemis, America’s first landscape photographer.
In 1840, Bemis, a Boston dentist, documented the White Mountains using the newly invented daguerreotype.
“This multi-year project uses film in large camera, some similar to what Dr. Bemis used,” Speltz said. “The handmade prints use 19th century technology including platinum/palladium and silver gelatin.”
Desfosses of Durham recalled his first “spark” of artistic expression in 1964 when he visited the Currier Gallery (now Museum) of Art in Manchester.
“The lighting on the columns, mosaic murals and pool moved me, giving meaning to light and form,” he said. “Soon after, I was introduced to the darkroom by friends and, as it’s often said, it was magic.”
With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Desfosses moved to Boston and for worked for a photography studio for two years.
“I also became a street photographer and spent my free time searching for images that I could relate to – images with freedom and grace and images that show respect and have meaning.”
Desfosses uses this street approach when walking in the woods.
After receiving a master’s degree in education, settled in Plymouth where he worked for 32 years as a photography teacher and librarian.
“The focus of the photographs I make reflects the spirit and beauty of nature as it unfolds,” Desfosses said. “The images show this harmony by exposing the texture of fiber in woodlands and gardens, along with fiber woven for a purpose. The lighting is natural and often hazy or overcast.”
For the photographs in his exhibit titled, “Fiber on Fiber,” Desfosses uses black pigment ink and a variety of Japanese handmade paper (Washi.)
Handmade paper is soft and often laced with visible plant fibers. Once a print is made and the ink is dry, it is saturated in water, which merges the ink deep into the fiber – revealing depth in the image. As most of the papers used are lightweight, a glow passes through an image that is hinged to a single backboard.
“On the gallery walls the framed prints emerge without restraint,” Desfosses said.
The group consists of members of NHAA but also painters who are not apart of the association. These painters come together every month, and go over their artwork together.
They have fun with critiques and share their experiences together! Joining in with this group is always a way to expand your creativity and make friends.