“A Sense of Space and Place”
NHAA artists team up for October show
PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association artists Alison Huber-Jewett and Lennie Mullaney have teamed up to create an exhibit titled, “A Sense of Space and Place,” to be shown during the month of October in the East Gallery of the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
As the artists describe the exhibit, “space” is a sense of light or atmosphere, areas open or closed, positive or negative, two or three-dimensional.
“Place” is a sense of home or community, physical or spiritual roots, a construction of shape, color and mark making. To create, first one must learn to see. Huber-Jewett and Mullaney are both observational painters. This refers not so much to the subject matter or painting “a pretty picture”. “The practice of perceptual painting improves my ability to see,” Mullaney said. “Much of what I create begins with plein air painting. I do not wish to reproduce anything in exact detail, but rather to respond to the spirit of the moment.”
Both artists are engaged with their subjective response to what they have observed and share a commitment to the formal aspects of painting. Thus, while both Huber-Jewett and Mullaney practice plein air painting directly on location, that experience is often a stimulus to a more in depth body of work. Studio paintings strive to further develop personal perception and individual expression of the original observed study.
“I’m inspired by history and architecture, people and everyday objects,” said Huber-Jewett. “After spending much of my life in the business world, being an artist is the most important title I hold.”
“A Sense of Space and Place” explores composition, design, and relationships of shape, color and value. Each artist has a unique experience by engaging with the environment and local culture. Personal interpretation melds with formal principles of art to create distinct visions of space and place.
Both artists reside in Portsmouth and have studios in the Button Factory.
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“A Sense of Space and Place” – NH Art Association artists Alison Huber-Jewett and Lennie Mullaney
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, East Gallery, 136 State Street,
When: Oct. 3 – Oct. 28. Opening reception, Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
“Green Buckets”, an oil painting by Alison Huber-Jewett
“Fish Fry”, an oil painting by Lennie Mullaney