Trees | Carol Van Loon | Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce | March 2 – April 31
Our Colorful World | Gail Allen & Cynthia Irwin | 2 Pillsbury St. Concord | January 9 – March 30
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.