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Oil Painting Demonstration by Todd Bonita | Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

NHAA offers oil painting demo

PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be offering an oil painting demonstration by Todd Bonita on Nov. 13 at its Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
Bonita, the owner of Todd Bonita Art Gallery, will be demonstrating a layering and glazing process borrowed from the Renaissance. He will be talking about the seven elements of picture making and how participants can rewire their brains to think like an artist.
Bonita grew up in Winthrop, Massachusetts where he “fell in love with the ocean.” After studying at the Art Institute of Boston, he continued a post baccalaureate study of classical painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He currently maintains a small studio space at the Button Factory in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has galleries in Portsmouth and Ogunquit, Maine.
“This workshop will be great fun, packed with information and good company,” said Levy Gallery manager Carol Reynolds.

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Oil Painting Demonstration by Todd Bonita

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth, NH
Cost: $15 for NHAA members; $20 for non-members

More: Register at www.nhartassociation.org

Artwork: Todd Bonita painting the surf on Monhegan Island, Maine


19th Annual Joan L. Dunfey Exhibit Press Release | November 2018

‘Unforgotten’
PORTMOUTH -  “Unforgotten” is the theme of the 19th annual Joan L. Dunfey open juried exhibition to be on view during the month of November at the New Hampshire Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
Sixty-three artworks in all media were chosen from 137 entries for this prestigious NHAA show by juror Austen Barron Bailly. NHAA members and non-members were invited to compete in the jurying process. Bailly is the George Putnam Curator of American Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Dunfey, a seacoast resident died in 1998. She was a steadfast patron of the arts, and her estate provided funding for the Joan L. Dunfey Fund for the Arts through the New Hampshire Charitable Fund that supports this annual exhibit. Winners will receive $800 for first place; $500 for second; and $300 for third place.

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“Unforgotten”

19th annual Joan L. Dunfey open juried exhibition

Where: N.H. Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth
When: Oct. 31 through Dec. 2. Opening reception, Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. Raleigh Wine Bar of Portsmouth is donating wine and hors d'oeurves for the opening reception.
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.

Artwork: “Pressed for Time”, graphite and acrylic by Barbara Morse


‘Grateful for Art’ Silent Auction Press Release | November 2018

NHAA holds silent auction of members’ works

PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association is holding a silent auction from Oct. 31 through Nov. 16 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
“Our silent auction is more than a fundraiser,” said Carol Reynolds, Levy Gallery manager. “It is a reciprocal appreciation between our patrons and our artists. We will be offering close to 40 of our best sellers’ artwork for bids and hope to generate enough funds to offer more exhibitions, workshops and programs for the community."
Bidding begins on Oct. 31 and ends Nov. 16 with a reception catered by Chill Catering from 6 to 8 p.m. Winning bids will be posted at the end of the evening.
“While this is a fundraiser for the NHAA, it is also chance to make art more accessible to the public,” said NHAA Board President Renee Giffroy. “That means the public will have the opportunity to bid on, and potentially take home, high quality artwork at very reasonable prices.” 
The pieces of art are by NHAA’s juried members and will be in all media

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“Grateful for Art” – Silent Art Auction

Where: N.H. Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth

When: Bidding begins on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 16 with a reception catered by Chill Catering from 6 to 8 p.m. Winning bids will be posted at the end of the reception.

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.

Attached Artwork: “Great Rocks of Nature” an oil painting by Paul Noel


Cool Colors and Commentary Press Release | October 2018

‘Cool Colors and Commentary’

Work of NHAA artist Bob Thoresen

PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association artist Bob Thoresen will be displaying artwork inspired by his recent travels to Iceland and the Baltic countries during the month of October in the South Gallery of the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street
“In this series of pieces, I have experimented with a variety of techniques – some of which I have not used before – and compositions,” Thoresen said. “I have also done a few commentary pieces about political and social issues dividing our country at the present time.”
During his recent travels, Thoresen explored new media, such as resins, highly saturated colors, thick and varied textures/materials, and quick gestural impressions to create a fresh body of work.
“The Iceland work uses colors – grays, blacks, and greens –not often found in my other work,” he said. “One construction piece re-uses the pieces of packaging material found in recent deliveries to our home.”
The commentary pieces spring from a series Thoresen did when there was unusual turmoil in the country from the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and the resulting riots, and the protests associated with the Vietnam War. “There may not be as much violence as 1968, but there are bitter divisions in the current political climate and serious questions about the political leadership and the direction of the country,” he explained.
Thoresen said he has been producing artwork in bursts over many decades when time and energy permitted. “I have been actively involved in many visual arts related activities in Portsmouth and elsewhere,” he said. “I organized and curated an international show featuring American and Japanese artists which toured in Japan and New Hampshire as part of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty celebration.”
Thoresen was also part of a team that created the Artist Advancement Grant for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and for many years served as a juror for the selection of the recipient for that award.
“Since retiring from my planning and development consulting career, I have been more engaged in producing art and having and participating in juried shows in Portsmouth and in Florida,” he said. “I appeared in the 2017 Discover Portsmouth show, ‘What Artists Look Like’.”
Thoresen served on the Board of Directors of the NHAA and as its President from 2005 to 2009.

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“Cool Colors and Commentary” Exhibition by NH Art Association artist Bob Thoresen

Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, South Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH

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.;
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

ARTWORK:
“Colors of Iceland”, by Bob Thoresen
“Textures of Iceland”, by Bob Thoresen

Weather or Not Plein Air Exhibition | October 2018

PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will showcase its plein air members’ works and the winners of the annual Wet Paint-Out Weekend held in July, during the month of October in the main gallery of the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.

The annual Wet Paint-Out Weekend is open to NHAA members and non-members, and is organized by NHAA member Lennie Mullaney.

The event was generously sponsored by Mullaney, Ree Katrak and R.M. Davis. It is held rain or shine.

This year’s show was juried by Brett Gamache who teaches painting at the Cambridge Studio School, Montserrat College of Art and the Massachusetts College of Art. He exhibits at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine.

Winners of this year’s contest are Russel Whitten (first place), Todd Bonita (second place), and Nathan Mann (third place). Honorable mentions went to Ellen Hopkins Fountain, Monica Cote and Barbara Stevens Adams.

During the warmer months, the NHAA holds weekly plein air meet-ups happen on Tuesday mornings in New Hampshire or southern Maine, and this is a chance to see some of the work created this year.

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“Weather or Not” – Plein Air Exhibit
NH Art Association showcases plein air members and winners of Wet
Paint-Out Weekend contest
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Main Gallery, 136 State Street
Portsmouth NH
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.;
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

Artwork:
Title: “East-Point Footpath Detour” a watercolor by Russel Whitten,
first-place winner of the Wet Paint-Out Weekend