‘Beyond the Boundaries,' NHAA's 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition through May 30
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PORTSMOUTH – The long winter and pandemic have required us all to stay within certain unaccustomed boundaries. As Spring arrives, we are beginning to emerge again, and local artists have interpreted the theme “Beyond the Boundaries,” for the 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition, opening March 31 at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
An overwhelming number of impressive submissions from members and non-members were received and of 302 individual entries, the juror selected 92 works for the show. They will be exhibited and for sale in the gallery and online at nhartassociation.com through May 30.
“The annual Lassonde exhibit is always one of the most competitive and exciting exhibits of the year,” said NHAA Board President Renee Giffroy. President of the New Hampshire Art Association. “These talented artists have been busy at work over the last year and it has resulted in an exhibit with a wide variety of unique and thought-provoking pieces.”
This year’s juror was Andrew Spahr, head curator of art for the Currier Art Museum in Manchester.
Spahr has been a curator at the museum for more than 20 years where he has been involved in the development of the collection, curating and presenting numerous exhibitions, and overseeing the preservation and programs at the museum’s two Frank Lloyd Wright houses.
Each year the NHAA hosts a juried exhibition in honor of Omer T. Lassonde, who as Administrator of the WPA Federal Arts Project in his native New Hampshire, helped found the New Hampshire Art Association in 1940 to exhibit and further the work of contemporary artists throughout the state.
Lassonde is perhaps most famous for the year he spent painting the landscape and native life of West Samoa in 1930. In 1947, Ben Bradlee, late editor of The Washington Post, claimed that Lassonde had “done more than any man living to put New Hampshire on the map artistically.”
There will be an online reception via the Zoom platform on April 15 at 6:30 p.m., when prizes will be awarded – 1st place, $1,000; 2nd place, $750 and 3rd place, $500. Honorable mentions will also be awarded.
The public is invited to attend the Zoom reception to see the artwork and hear from some of the artists. Visit the website: nhartassociation.org, to register to receive the zoom link for the reception, or contact the gallery at 603-431-4230.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Lassonde family through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and The Market Square Group at Morgan Stanley.
The gallery is following the CDC and state’s recommendations for safety while visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 603-431-4230 if you have any questions or would like to make a private appointment to visit the gallery.
SHOWN: “Succulents,” an oil painting by BJ Eckardt, will be featured in the New Hampshire Art Association's "Beyond the Boundaries" 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde juried show from March 31 though May 30, at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
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“Beyond the Boundaries” – the 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibit and Sale
Where: The New Hampshire Art Association at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth, and online at www.nhartassociation.org.
When: March 31 – May 30. There will be an online opening reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., via the Zoom platform.
Contact the gallery for more information at 603-431-4230.
Gallery hours: Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.