'Here and There: Contours Real and Imagined' | Oct - Dec | 2 Pillsbury Street

‘Here and There: Contours Real and Imagined’

Two NH Art Association artists on display at 2 Pillsbury Street
CONCORD – Two New Hampshire Art Association artists have joined together to create an art exhibit, “Here and There: Contours Real and Imagined,” at 2 Pillsbury Street.
This exhibit features abstract painter Janet Tamulevich and realist painter Peggy Murray. 
“As an artist, I look at the world in a different and more intimate way,” Tamulevich said. “I see trees that are not green. They come in every shape, size and color. The sky is constantly changing, creating endless combinations of shapes and colors.” Tamulevich of Bedford said there is something magical about foggy evenings and misty mornings.
“It is nature’s kaleidoscope of patterns, textures and colors which inspire my abstract paintings,” she said. “The tactile properties of mixed media is my medium choice for my paintings. Each one of my paintings is unique.”
In addition to being a juried member of the NHAA, Tamulevich is a juried member of the League of NH craftsmen, and a member of the Manchester Artists Association, where she was named Artist of the Month in January 2017.
Originally from California, Murray has lived in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. She enjoys painting plein air with other artists she’s painted with for almost 20 years.
She is a long time member of New Hampshire Art Association and her work can viewed there as well as at Ceres Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.  She has lent her skills as artist and teacher to many nonprofit organizations around the Seacoast.
Light is the primary driver for Murray, but these days she is reaching for a resonance in the colors used to create the light and dark planes.  
“I think of the colors on my palette as the actors in a play,” Murray said. “Each color has a role to play, and every role, no matter how small, is important for creating a reality on the canvas. This process of learning about color is slowing me down, making me spend more time looking and exploring, and looking again. I find satisfaction more elusive, but I keep showing up ready to roll up my sleeves.”
Both artists said they are planning to configure their pieces to fit graciously within the exhibit spaces, enhancing each other’s work.

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‘Here and There: Contours Real and Imagined’

An exhibit by N.H. Art Association members Janet Tamulevich and Peggy Murray
2 Pillsbury Street, Concord NH
Oct. 2 through Dec. 28
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
All work will be for sale by contacting the NHAA at 603-431-4230.

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.


“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.

“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.


“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.

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

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