PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “Body of Work: Series I” 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.
This first BOW exhibit at the gallery this year, features nine artists exhibiting in a wide variety of media.
Artists included in this show include Barbara Morse exhibiting her graphite pieces; Renee Giffroy, photography; Christine Erickson oils and pastels; Cheryl Miller, fiber and fabric collage; Joyce Wetherbee, acrylics; Elizabeth Derby, oils and pastels; Duane Hammond, pastels and watercolors; Nicholas Skally, acrylics and Matt Gunn, showing his oil paintings.
About some of the artists:
Christine Ericksonof Portsmouth sold her first paintings at the age of 8 at the Rockport Art Association. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in textiles, clothing and environmental arts at the University of Massachusetts.
For several years she operated a signs and graphics business, with hand-painted signs and murals being a specialty.
“Since moving to Portsmouth in 2012, I have concentrated on honing my skills as an oil painter, and I have been fortunate enough to attend workshops taught by many local painters,” Erickson said.
She calls her pieces “arresting moments.”
“These are moments that cause me to stop and reflect: sometimes it’s an unusual juxtaposition of colors, of people and nature, of light and shadow,” she said. “These moments cause an emotional response in me—a sense of wonder that I hope to convey in my paintings.”
Nicholas Skallyhas been fascinated by the visual arts since he could first hold a crayon. Quickly graduating to oil pastels, he had an early appreciation for impressionistic landscapes.
That love of blending colors and exaggerating, saturated colors expanded to a new-found love of texture and depth. Following the natural progression from Monet to Van Gogh, sprinkled with a little Kandinsky and Pollack, Skally began to experiment with multi-layered paintings and his art path was set.
“My work emphasizes paintings as ‘events’ and not simply a picture or interpretation of something else – the painting is its own subject,” Skally said.
He incorporates water, clear medium, paint, fluid acrylics, and ink, using a palette knife to enhance and affect lines, forms, and texture.
“The organic nature of this process establishes paths of motion that I manipulate to give the paintings life and create the images seen within,” he said. “Whether it is my impressionistic florals or galactic examinations, meaning is left to the viewer; I let the narrative reside in one’s own interpretations.”
Cheryl Milleris a textile artist who creates fabric collages using hand dyed cottons, batiks, and vintage fabrics that are stitched by machine sometimes adding paper elements.
Her work incorporates an eclectic mix of old and new, traditional and contemporary elements. She finds inspiration for her pieces from among other things medieval tapestries and Claude Monet’s paintings, as well as daily walks with her dog, music and happenstance.
Miller has a bachelor’s in art history from Hope College, where she also studied studio art. Originally a plein air oil painter, Cheryl learned traditional quilt making when she moved to New Hampshire in 1996 and occasionally still finishes a painting or makes a quilt by hand.
“My work begins with an observation, experience or object that I happen upon,” Miller said. “I work in fabric collage because I find it to be both spontaneous and improvisational to just begin with a pile of fabrics, a pair of scissors and an idea.”
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“Body of Work: Series I”
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Main Gallery
136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
When: May 1 through June 2
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 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 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.