Joe Flaherty & Joanna Novembrino | People and Places | 2 Pillsbury St. Concord | Oct. – Dec.
Kim Meuse | Watercolor Exhibition | Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce | Sept. 1 – Oct. 31
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.”
NHAA Watercolorist’s works on display at the Chamber of Commerce
CONCORD – The watercolor paintings of Kimberly Meuse will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce during September and October.
Kimberly Meuse of Portsmouth is self-taught in her style of watercolor painting, after taking an introductory course while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design at Iowa State University.
After a decade of working in corporate design, she followed her heart to fine art and watercolor.
“I first discovered the endless possibilities for paintings in my china cabinet while home on maternity leave with my newborn son,” Meuse said. “As I rocked my small son, I would meditate on how an ordinary glass goblet was elevated to stunning when it caught the lingering late afternoon sunlight streaming through a west-facing window.”
Fascinated by the interplay of light through glass and small details reflected off of polished metals, these scenes unfolding in front of Meuse during those hours were her earliest inspiration for painting still life.
“My new son was, and still is, my muse,” she said.
Throughout the years since her son’s birth, and after leaving the world of corporate graphic art, Meuse has honed her painting technique towards one that satisfies her desire to capture every nuance of the still life set up before her – from the subtle shadow against embroidered cloth to the reflected images in a silver teapot.
“While each painting reveals myriad complexities in each fold and petal, it is this method of bringing reality to life from a blank sheet of watercolor paper that motivates my passion,” Meuse said.
Meuse is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and is also a current of past member of numerous affiliations including the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Watercolor Society and the Seacoast Arts Alliance. She has received multiple awards for her artwork and has exhibited in galleries around New England and in New York.
Meuse is in the process of creating a New Hampshire Watercolor Society. With that ultimate goal, she started a Facebook page in February that has gathered watercolorists from around the state. A small group of these artists recently had a show at Breaking New Grounds in Portsmouth.
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.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Laurent, PR/Marketing Coordinator, New Hampshire Art Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.475.0875