Michael Sterling, Laetitia Borden, Ann Lynch, Mary Ann Eldred, Kent Maxwell, Rosalind Revilock-Frost, Terri Donsker (Retrospective) & Dustan Knight | Body of Work Show | Main Gallery
Debbie Howard & Christy Hegarty | Inspired by Color | East Gallery
Ree Katrak | Damn Everything But The Circus | South Gallery
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “2017 Body of Work: Series IV” exhibition beginning Oct. 4 at the Robert Levy Lincoln Gallery on State Street.
NHAA holds several of these “Body of Work” shows throughout the year to give regional artists an opportunity to show a group of their pieces as opposed to having one piece getting lost hanging among many other artists’ works.
Artists are chosen by a lottery and have the opportunity to choose which wall space in the gallery to use and the month to exhibit.
This series will include artists Michael Sterling, Leatitia Borden, Annie Lynch, Mary Ann Eldred, Kent Maxwell, Rosalind Revilock-Frost and Dustan Knight.
Sterling of Portsmouth has been photographing for most of his adult life. His artistic interests include landscapes, seascapes, unique architecture and textures and environmental portraiture. He is president of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists.
“I have always been drawn to the use of black and white photography to highlight the basic elements of a scene,” Sterling said. “I try to not overly ‘digitize’ the look of my photographs, allowing the basic image to make a statement.”
Knight’s “Great Island Paintings” are inspired by her life in New Castle. She spent her childhood on the small picturesque island. When she returned home from pursuing her art career in New York, Knight re-embraced the dramatic rugged coastline and fell in love again with the quiet magical atmosphere of the secret wood paths and wildflower gardens of her hometown.
Her first book, “Painting The Impressionistic Landscape,” (2017, Rockport Publishers) is so well received that Knight includes some of the images from the book in her current exhibition.
Revilock-Frost of York, Maine, creates soft sculpture, cloth constructions using fabric and wire. These large works are admired for their use of color and the sense of whimsy and joy they evoke.
“My work is about the significance of happiness – its relevance to life and its place in the world,” Revilock-Frost said. “Happiness is the ‘vital sign’ in a culture. Without it society collapses. To me it is a most important aspect of being. Surely it makes a life worth living.”
Lynch of New Castle has been painting for the past 20 years.
“My paintings are a response to my view of the natural world,” Lynch said. “I love to observe the place I am, through not only seeing but also feeling and listening. Looking hard I interpret my emotions towards a place or a moment in time, which begs to be recorded and remembered.”
The works in her exhibiting collection conveys shoreline studies that were painted over the last two years.
After trying her hand at different styles of painting Eldred of Salem found pastel to be her medium of choice.
“My work primarily focuses on the New England landscape, though I love to work on still lifes and birds from time to time,” Eldred said. “I work plein air when I can and enjoy it tremendously. Color is essential to what I am trying to convey and as the next stage in my development, I am trying to ‘push’ the color beyond the simply local.”
There will also be a wall of Terri Donsker’s photography in her memory kindly put together by her family. Donsker of North Hampton died earlier this year. She was a long-time member of the NHAA and a past NHAA board member.
PORTSMOUTH – The paintings of two artists and friends will be on display for the month of October at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy East Gallery.
Deborah Seavey Howard of North Hampton and Christy H. Hegarty of Durham will fill the walls of the gallery with eye-catching oil paintings.
“Our show is titled ‘Inspired by Color’ because Christy and I both love painting colorful vibrant paintings,” Howard said. “We met when we studied together with local artist Pamela Dulong Williams.”
Howard said her passion for oil painting started as a child when she spent time painting with her grandmother Elizabeth Seavey, an artist living in Cape Neddick, Maine.
“I am inspired by the work of Charles Woodbury who received an engineering degree from MIT and then lived and painted in Ogunquit, Maine,” she said. “His idea that “A picture is a thought or feeling expressed in terms of nature,’ really sums up the way I approach my work.”
Howard said she finds inspiration in the beauty of the Seacoast and working on location, en plein air, attempting to capture the feeling of the place. From these studies done on location, she can then work in a larger scale.
“For me painting is like a meditation – it is about learning to really see clearly,” Howard said. “Instead of painting what I think I know, I try to see what is in front of me here, now, in the gift of this fleeting moment. The world is so much more than we normally perceive in our limited habitual way of looking at it.”
Howard’s works and more information about her can be found at www.deborahseaveyhoward.com.
Hegarty said she paints because she wants to preserve a moment in time that catches her attention.
“I am emotionally drawn to the way water reflects light and how heavy, dark, clouds float in the air, or the way a cast shadow falls on the glowing snow,” she said. “I challenge myself to try to find different ways to capture a familiar view. My subject matter typically focuses on joyful and bright moments in time.”
Hegarty said every season brings about a different composition.
“Painting outside is the most energizing and exhilarating way to capture a moment in time,” she said. “It’s the most challenging and most satisfying way to paint. Plein air painting taunts me until I finally give in and make the best of the opportunity at hand. I will never give up. I will continue to learn, explore, and present my art.”
Hegarty’s works and more information about her can be found at www.christysartspace.com.
PORTSMOUTH – The art of Ree Katrak of Durham will be on display at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery during the month of October.
Her exhibit theme, “Damn Everything but The Circus,” was inspired by a quote from e.e. Cummings.
It reads, “Damn everything that is grim, dead, motionless, unrisking, inward turning. Damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence.”
Katrak, a member of NHAA, works in mixed media in acrylics, collage, ink and graphite. She has done independent study with Boston artist, Ellen Junger. She has also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Museum School, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
Katrak has held many solo and group exhibitions, and has her work displayed in numerous public and private collections in the United States.
“I trust that I’ve been able to communicate these sentiments, painting with energy, bravery and joyful abandon,” Katrak said. “I turned to the poet again for guidelines regarding how one might like to view my work.”
She offered this second quote: “Relax and give the image a chance to strut its stuff – relax, stop wondering what it is all ‘about’’ – like many strange and familiar things, Life included, art isn’t ‘about,’ it simply is. . . . Don’t try to enjoy it, let it try to enjoy you. Don’t try to understand it, let it try to understand.”
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