Pigs ina Poke | Duane Hammond | Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce | Jan. – Feb.
Our Colorful World | Gail Allen & Cynthia Irwin | 2 Pillsbury St. Concord | Jan. – March
CONCORD – The whimsical “PIGS INA POKE” images by Duane Hammond will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce through February, along with other mixed media paintings by the same artist.
Hammond is a New Hampshire native and a Buckingham Scholarship recipient with a degree in graphic design from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.
For over 40 years he operated Hammond Design Associates Inc., a graphic design studio producing award-winning art and graphics for a variety of clients including advertising agencies, manufacturers, NPO’s, financial institutions and high tech companies plus many other businesses both in the United States and Europe, until his retirement in 2003.
More than 100 awards for his work include those from Boston Art Directors, New York Art Directors, Desi’s, two-time winner New Hampshire Graniteers Best in Show. In 2007, Hammond was awarded the Artist Innovation Award by ArtWorks-NH
Examples of his work were published in California Magazine, Graphis Magazine, and Pastel Journal.
Today, Hammond is mainly focused on pastel paintings of satirical and humorous images of pigs engaged in human-like activities and situations, plus mixed media paintings of other subjects.
Under the moniker of “PIGS ina POKE,” his hilarious and satirical images are found in a number of art galleries, card and gift stores, book stores, arts and crafts stores and can be seen on his website at www.pigsinapoke.com.
Hammond has also illustrated and authored two books: “Pigs ina Poke,” Collection Number #1 and #2. Pigs ina Poke was also a featured presentation on ABC-TV.
In addition to being a member of the N.H. Art Association, Hammond is also a member of The Lakes Region Art Association, Past President of Manchester Art Association, member of The Governor Wentworth Arts Council and a member of Rotary International since 1979.
Hammond lives with his wife Sandy, an accomplished sculptor and doll maker, and his business manager, in Alton, New Hampshire.
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, photographer Cynnie Irwin and painter Gail Allen, will have work on display in the lobby at 2 Pillsbury Street through February.
Irwin of Concord said she inherited her interest in photography from her father and his father.
“In my adult years, photography became my passion,” she said. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve viewed my surroundings as a composite of separate compositions containing shapes, patterns, textures, and colors – framing image after image in my mind.”
Irwin said she’s been magnetized by photography, color, and travel.
“It’s been my good fortune to travel to compelling, color-drenched parts of the world and meet fascinating people in those cultures,” she said. “Although I photograph a wide variety of subjects, some of them in black and white, the energy I reap from my colorful travel images rewards me most.”
Irwin studied at the New York Institute of Photography and took various workshops, community classes and critique seminars to hone her skills. In addition to the N.H. Art Association, she is a member of the Greater Concord Photography Club.
She has participated in multiple photography projects including images of the Great Bay that were used in publications and websites by the Conservation Law Foundation. Irwin has also exhibited in various photographic shows around the Seacoast.
Allen’s landscapes reflect her deep connection to natural environments and a stylized mastery of painting techniques. Now residing in Hollis, she began painting as a young girl in western Massachusetts, spending her formative years outdoors drawing and painting farms and forests.
After a traditional atelier art school training at Paier College of Art, Allen worked as an art director, illustrator and graphic designer in the Boston and New Hampshire area, while continuing to paint.
“My work engages two distinct worlds, the seen and unseen,” Allen said. “I aim to illuminate the interaction of reality and perception, in time.”
She said with her current pieces of work, she developed a style combining graphic elements and realism, producing a cohesive vision of memory.
“This reflects a lifelong love of the magical aspects of nature,” she said.
Allen has exhibited nationally, as well as throughout New England and has done paintings for CBS Sunday Morning television program. Her paintings have been exhibited in juried group, as well as one person shows, winning numerous awards. They are also included in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States.