Congratulations | 31st Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibition

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Winners announced for Lassonde exhibition

PORTSMOUTH – The top three prize winners were announced last

Friday during the opening reception for the 31 st annual Omer T. Lassonde exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. The theme for this year’s juried show, which runs through April, ia “Live Free or Die: Art is Expression.”

First place, with a prize of $1,000, went to Katherine Errecart of Rye for her acrylic and ink on canvas, “I Believed You.” Errecart, a representational painter and member of the NHAA, developed a love for art at an early age and earned a Bachelor’s degree in visual art from Brown University.

“A self-portrait, “I Believed You” is first a deeply personal account of my own experience – of the asphyxiating messages I have received and internalized as a girl and a woman, and of the immense task of confronting these messages to define my own worth,” Errecart said.

“More broadly, it points to the pervasiveness of misogyny in our society,” she continued.  “We are too often willing to dismiss or overlook the relentless and insidious messages delivered to women and girls.  With this painting, I seek to make my own experience visible and to offer my own vulnerability, for those who are willing to look and who seek to understand.”

Second place, with a prize of $800, went to David Zerba of Croydon for his mixed media piece, “American Corn.”

Zerba enjoys painting barns and he added a flag motif to this work that has a vintage frame with stars and vintage yardsticks along the bottom. A retired graphic designer, Zerba has been painting for about 10 years.

Dustan Knight of New Castle took third place with a prize of $550 for her mixed media piece, “Miss Liberty at The Beach.” Knight grew up in New Castle and after years of teaching and traveling abroad, returned to the town to open a studio.

“I am particularly thrilled to have my piece recognized at the Lassonde show, because it is a brand new work in a direction I have been exploring for many years,” Knight said. “It required a level of focus and a confidence with a large range of different materials to pull it off.” Knight said she has been mesmerized by the political social events over the past year.

“As an older educated, mother, daughter and wife I have become increasingly aware of my changing identity to myself and in general,” she said. “Wrestling with these concepts really ignited my need to do a piece like ‘Miss Liberty’.”

Gordon Dearborn Wilkins, a curator for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, juried the show selecting 52 works from 248 submitted.

Honorable Mentions went to Judith Heller, Daniela Edstrom and Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald.

The show continues through April 29 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1st Place
Katherine Errecart, I Believed You

2nd Place
David Zerba, American Corn

3rd Place
Dustan Knight, Miss Liberty at the Beach

Honorable Mentions

Judith Heller Cassell, Barricado

Daniela Edstrom, Resurrection in the Name of Freedom

Jeffrey T. Fitzgerald, Betwixt