Kim Meuse | Watercolor Exhibition | Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce | Sept. 1 – Oct. 31
Susan Clement, Elizabeth D’Amico & Dustan Knight | 2 Pillsbury St. Concord | Jul. – Sept.
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.
2 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH | Susan Clement, Elizabeth D’Amico & Dustan Knight | Jul. – Sept.
CONCORD – The New Hampshire Art Association is pleased to announce a new gallery location at 2 Pillsbury Street.
Artists Elizabeth D’Amico, Susan Clement and Dustan Knight will have work on exhibit in the lobby of the 6-story commercial building through September.
D’Amico of Springfield has an extensive teaching career in teaching art and, as a direct result of this experience, she continues to explore a variety of media enjoying mixed media collage, painting, printmaking, and sculpture most.
Before joining the faculty at Plymouth State University in 2002, D’Amico served as a mentor for PSU art education students. At the close of the 2013 spring semester, she became a full time artist and continues to teach occasionally at community venues.
D’Amico draws inspiration from nature and the beauty to be found there. Her focus is often climate change and humanity’s involvement with it. She is interested in reclaiming and recycling and sees her work as being part of that process.
“I have participated in the creative spirit of each medium as I was introducing it to students,” she said. “As a result, I feel very comfortable moving from one medium to another.”
D’Amico recently taught a class called “The Fine Art of Collage” and decided to create some new collages along with her students as I demonstrated collage techniques.
“I have since made a dedicated decision to recycle some of my previous hand pulled prints and other artwork into fresh mixed media collages,” she said. “Viewers will find a variety of recent collages of contrasting themes as well as some more traditional photographs and paintings.”
Clement, a New Hampshire native, loved venturing out into the forest as a child. It was her love of nature that inspired her to re-create the beauty she discovered in her childhood adventures. She received her fine art/elementary education training at Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“As I went through my academic years, I found art class to be my favorite place to be as I had an undeniable need to express myself through painting and drawing,” Clement said.
Her medium of choice is oil on canvas with seascapes being the prime subject of her paintings in a style, which she said “encompasses a combination of Impressionistic and a touch of Realism.”
Knight grew up in New Castle and after years of teaching and traveling abroad, returned to the town to open a studio. She earned her master’s in fine art from Pratt Institute in New York City and her master’s degree in art history from Boston University.
She is a recipient of a N.H. State Fellowship for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony residency and a past Cummington Artist Colony resident. Her work is represented by galleries across the country.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Laurent, PR/Marketing Coordinator, New Hampshire Art Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.475.0875