Public Relations Coordinator
New Hampshire Art Association
‘Body of Work: Series II’
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “Body of Work: Series II” exhibition during the month of May at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
NHAA holds several “Body of Work” shows throughout the year to give its members an opportunity to show a grouping of their works as opposed to having one piece getting lost hanging among many other artists’ works. Artists are chosen by a lottery for each of these series.
Artists included in this BoW show include Norman Desfosses, Susan Hershey, Suzanne Laurent, Ellen Marlatt, JoAnn Portalupi and Jan Waldron.
In addition to an opening reception on Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, a special reception is being held on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for JoAnn Portalupi and Jan Waldron.
“Central to any story, for me, is how light comes into the moment – how it transforms color and air,” said Waldron of Rye about her oil paintings. “And how the absence of light – fog or darkness, can tell a whole other story. And that is where the work invites the viewer in.”
Waldron has exhibited throughout the region, won several awards, and studied with E.M. Saniga, Stuart Shils, Adeline Goldmin-Tronzo, and DeWitt Hardy. Portalupi of Lee titled her exhibit, “In Celebration of Trees.”
“I’ve been seeing trees my entire life, but I don’t think I really noticed them until I started to paint,” said Portalupi, a plein-air oil painter. “Like people, each tree is unique, bearing the impact of a genetic make-up, its history and the environment.”
Laurent of Portsmouth is showing a series of photographs on canvas that explores light. Most are included in her recently published book of poetry, “Losing Light: A Journey through Grief.”
“These images are my way of letting go of sorrow and finding solace in nature’s beauty,” Laurent said. “Shades of light evoke imagery from the sad, cold grays to the hopeful pinkish-orange light often discovered at sunset along the coast.”
Marlatt of Portsmouth is showing abstract photographs.
“In my view, nothing can compete with the natural alignment, the seemingly random patterns created by time and wear,” Marlatt said. “My eyes fall on a texture, an array of light, a reflection, and I see abundant and simultaneous realities. I see this beauty and interplay best when I am not looking. When the sight of something catches me by surprise.”
Hershey discovered her love of photography nearly 30 years ago, and as the equipment and technology changed, her enthusiasm and talent grew.
After traveling much of the world as both a cruise line and airline employee, Hershey of North Hampton is now a devoted landscape photographer with special attention to sunrises, sunsets and astrophotography in Northern New England and beyond.
In his exhibit titled, “Stone,” Desfosses of Durham chose natural light in settings that are often overcast or hazy.
“The photographs in this show explore the nature of stone and some of its anomalies,” Desfosses said. “Stone has been an integral part of our sensory experience—from mountains to cave walls used for paintings, stone tablets for writing, salt, jewels, and mud used for our walls and buildings.”
His work is printed on a variety of handmade Japanese paper (Washi) that is often made near a river, dried in the sun, and naturally laced with visible plant fibers.
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“Body of Work: Series II”
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Main Gallery 136 State Street, Portsmouth
When: May 2 through 27
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Special Reception for JoAnn Portalupi and Jan Waldron, Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 2:30 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.