Concord Chamber of Commerce

"New Hampshire Landscapes in Motion" | Concord Chamber of Commerce | January - March

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will host an exhibition of oil landscapes by Daryl D. Johnson titled “New Hampshire Landscapes in Motion,” Jan. 3 through March, 2019.
Described by Art New England magazine as “…gestural realist landscapes with the overall effect of speeding through layers of lighted space,” Johnson's oil paintings of landscapes are inspired by her motorcycle travels. The original oil paintings are awash with the energy of movement and nature with shifting patterns of water and rising transient clouds.

“The views are familiar, but the subtext is the underlying chi, the sweeping momentum,” Johnson said describing her paintings. “The earth ‘breathes in and out’ with compositions of uplifting shapes. These oils on canvas celebrate the vibration of the planet.”

Johnson was born in Manhattan, grew up in NYC’s suburbs and moved to New Hampshire in 1988. Johnson has a BFA from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and studied at the Vermont Studio School and The Art Students League of New York.

Johnson's paintings have won numerous awards and are in private and corporate collections throughout the world including Fidelity Investments, Delta Airlines and Pepsico. She is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and maintains a studio in Amherst, New Hampshire

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs Jan. 3 through March 21. There will be an opening reception on Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters also on view at the Concord Chamber and the League of N.H. Craftsmen across the lobby.

The chamber is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord.

Artwork is for sale by contacting the New Hampshire Art Association at (603) 431-4230.

“Northeast Motion”, an oil painting by Daryl D. Johnson




Landscapes Near and Far Press Release | Concord Chamber November & December

NH Art Association landscape artist on exhibit at Concord Chamber

CONCORD – New Hampshire Art Association member Claudia Michael will be exhibiting her work at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce during the months of November and December. The title of the show is “Landscapes Near and Far.”
Michael is a landscape painter, living in southern New Hampshire. Her work is informed by the contrast in color, light and form found in nature. Painting “en plein air” keeps her work spontaneous and in communion with her inspiration.
Michael is an award winning artist and art educator. She is the recipient of three Fulbright fellowships and has painted in several countries including Canada, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Costa Rica, China, Morocco and the U.S.
“I paint interpretations of color and light using elemental structures as they relate to the landscape,” Michael said. “While I strive for honesty, I allow an emotional response to influence what I know about painting the natural world.”
Michael’s visual narrative reflects the transient qualities of nature and the perception of beauty. The portrayal of the natural world in art has been a metaphor for the temporal existence of humanity since the early Renaissance. “My paintings are place specific yet are realizations of personal time and space,” she said. “My goal as a painter is to capture an essence and mood within the natural world that is personal yet universal.”
A signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, Michael exhibits her work widely in New Hampshire and her paintings have won numerous awards. She was recently selected, as an Artist in Residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Italy where her work was shown in Assisi and Florence Her paintings are included in several private and corporate collections.
Michael is a senior lecturer with Granite State College, on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and a consultant in Advanced Placement Studio Art for the College Board.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 31.
The chamber is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord.

Artwork is for sale by contacting the New Hampshire Art Association at (603) 431-4230.

Attached artwork:

“July Calm, NH”, a watercolor painting by Claudia Michael

“Open Door, Morocco,” a watercolor painting by Claudia Michael



Images of Canterbury Press Release | September & October 2018

NHAA photographer’s work on display at Concord Chamber
CONCORD – New Hampshire Art Association member Michael Sterling will have a photography exhibit titled, “Images of Canterbury,” at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce from Sept 5. through October.

Sterling has been photographing for most of his adult life. Following his move to the New Hampshire Seacoast, and with the evolution of digital photography, his involvement with photographic art and with the artist community has grown significantly.

Sterling’s artistic interests include landscapes, cityscapes, architecture and old buildings. He also enjoys creating environmental portraits, capturing the subject in a setting or pose that displays their personality and lifestyle.

“About three years ago, I discovered Canterbury Shaker Village,” Sterling said. “I was impressed with the village buildings, both inside and out, and the grounds.”

Sterling said he was especially taken with the Shaker sense of style and simplicity in most everything they designed from chairs to brooms to wooden boxes.

“At that time, I had begun a project to photograph old mills, historic sites, and similar venues,” he said. “What drew me to this work was the sense of history in these places and the idea creating a photographic record for future generations.”

Sterling said he is still in the early phases of capturing Canterbury.

“I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to document this place,” he said. “The staff there has been wonderful and provided access during off-hours. Most of my work at the Village has been in black and white. However, for this exhibit, I chose to show some of the subtle colors of the buildings and interiors.”

Michael studied photography at The New School and International Center for Photography, both in New York City, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. He resides in Portsmouth.

Sterling is currently President of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. He is also a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and was on its board. He is a contributing photographer to “Portsmouth Magazine” and “The Sound Online,” and has been published I magazines, newspapers and travel catalogues.

Sterling’s work is represented in the permanent collections of Optima Bank and Trust and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. His photographs were on display in Senator Jean Shaheen’s “Experience New Hampshire” exhibits in Washington, D.C., as well as the Washington, D.C. and the New Hampshire offices of U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The chamber is located at 49 South Main Street, Suite 104, Concord.

“Shaker Simplicity”, a photograph by Michael Sterling