Peggy Murray | Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce | Nov. 1 – Dec. 27
Joe Flaherty & Joanna Novembrino | People and Places | 2 Pillsbury St. Concord | Oct. – Dec.
CONCORD – The oil paintings of Peggy Murray will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce during November and December.
Murray of Lee is a New Hampshire-based artist. Her work can regularly be seen in the Robert Levy Gallery and Ceres Gallery, both in Portsmouth.
She studied art history, drawing and painting in the studios of Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo and Michael Tronzo. Before devoting herself entirely to art, she was an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and school consultant.
Two years ago, Murray made a series of cityscapes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while on an extended stay there and found great enjoyment in creating a kind of portrait of the city through the various images.
In this series of café paintings, she returned to this idea of portraiture. The paintings reveal the café as a richly varied place of connection.
The paintings on display are part of a larger group of paintings featured in an exhibit over the summer titled, “Café Life,” at the Robert Levy Gallery. This exhibit featured Murray’s paintings along with her collaborator Deborah Woodward’s black and white café photographs.
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit can also be seen on Saturdays when a galley sitter is available. Call ahead at (603) 224-2508 if planning to visit on Saturday.
The chamber is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord.
CONCORD – Two members of the New Hampshire Art Association will have work on display in the lobby at 2 Pillsbury Street through December.
Photographer Joanna Novembrino and oil painter Joe Flaherty will exhibit in this space recently added to the NHAA’s lists of galleries to showcase members’ artwork.
Novembrino of Pembroke has been a juried member of NHAA since 2013, and currently sits on its board of directors.
She spent 30 years in high tech as a technical writer and manager, but had a keen interest in photography. She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 1989 with a Certificate in Photography.
Novembrino then taught evening classes at NHIA until 2002, and presently teaches community education classes in photography.
In addition to photography, Novembrino draws, paints in oils, is an avid reader, and loves to explore the natural world and science.
“No amount of technology can take away the magic of the camera’s ability to capture patterns of color, light, and shadow, an otherwise invisible flash of emotion, or the significance of a movement,” Novembrino said.
“In my photographs, my objective is to involve not only the emotions of the viewer, but the senses beyond sight,” she continued. “Just as one can often ‘see’ music, I hope that viewers can hear the quiet, feel the air, or respond to the intricate logic of the macro/micro repetitions in nature’s designs.”
Novembrino believes people respond emotionally to a landscape sculpted by wind and water, transformed by the seasons, the daily weather, and the light of the hour, because they know in an unconscious way, “how the passage of time changes us.”
Flaherty of Portsmouth said he tries to take an elemental approach to his vivid art.
“That’s how I see things in my mind’s eye – images devoid of detail but soaked in vivid colors,” he said. “In my paintings, I place simplified but recognizable figures and other objects on a picture plane balancing the size and contour of shapes including the shapes between figures and objects.”
He then paints each shape with an approximation of the colors, contours and textures he envisions for the work, not necessarily the colors he observes in the objective world.
“Colors and textures are adjusted to strike appropriate impact and harmony,” Flaherty said. “I think what emerges is an unadorned view of the world around us which gladdens the eye and stimulates the mind.”