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  • Body of Work: Series III — NHAA features works of six artists through July

    PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “Body of Work: Series III” exhibition during the month of July 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 showcase a grouping of their works. By exhibiting multiple works, the featured artists are able to present their
    overall artistic vision, sometimes difficult to do with one or two pieces.
    This third BOW exhibit at the gallery this year features five local artists exhibiting in a wide variety of mediums. Come and celebrate summertime in downtown Portsmouth and enjoy this visual feast for the eyes and spirit. 
    Artists included in this show are Barbara Albert, painter; Kate Higley, painter/printmaker; Angelique Luro, abstract artist; Bill Moore, photographer and Howard Muscott, photographer.
    Here is a short peek at each artist in this exhibit:
    Barbara Albert
    Albert’s show is titled, “Water’s Edge.”
    “Living on the coast in New England with the ocean as my neighbor, I have come to measure time by tides and to forecast weather by the changing colors of the sea,” Albert said.
    “In the almost seven years we have been neighbors, most all of my paintings have suggested imaginary places, but almost all have included water or some suggestion of it. I like rock textures, infinite skies, and impressionistic waves - all created by dragging painting knives through heavy body acrylics squeezed onto canvas right from their tubes.”

    Kate Higley
    Higley, a printmaker and painter, maintains her home and studio in Eliot, Maine. 
    Her earlier work was influenced by combining imagery from microscopy with ambiguous bird’s eye views of landscape. Most of those monotype prints were created using an additive process requiring multiple trips through an etching press to arrive at a final state.  

    Higley’s most recent work explores environmental concerns through the vehicle of collagraphic prints.  Focusing on the volume of waste created from the ubiquitous plastics in our lives, she is in the midst of several series of prints using plastics and other detritus as the vehicle of texture.  

    These monoprints contain abstract imagery and with referents to the landscape, specifically wetlands and swamps. Higley’s work is in private and public collections here and abroad.

    Angelique Luro
    The title of Luro’s Body of Work is “My Own Muse.”
    Born and raised in Maine, Luro is an empathic, intuitive, abstract artist who draws from her experiences as a mother, professional gardener, Reiki healer, and former yoga instructor. 
    Discernment is at the forefront of the creative process for her. Inspired by the love of family, animals, and the natural world, she blends her innate knowledge of color, texture, and line, with curiosity and a sense of exploration, which results in engaging acrylic/ mixed media works. She currently lives on a small farm in southern Maine with her husband and their four equines, two dogs, and a cat. 

    Bill Moore
    Born in England, tested on both coasts of America – the road has taken Moore from New England where he worked as a sportswriter, on to photojournalism and editing magazines in California for more than 25 years, before moving back home to the Northeast.

    The theme of Moore’s show is “Water Ring.” He calls his new work the Hull Lines Series. 
    “The first thing that happens is to check the weather report, concentrating on how fast the wind will be blowing,” Moore said. 

    If it’s more than 3 miles per hour, Moore stays at home. He’s looking for reflections of the hulls in the water, but he’s not looking for a perfect reflection. He’s looking for the hull in sharp focus, with the reflection abstracted by a low wind.

    Howard Muscott
    Muscott’s Body of Work is titled, “Chasing The Golden Light.”
    “The varied nature and wildlife images in this are some of my ‘magical Moments’,” Muscott of Amherst said.  
    “We all know one when we see and feel one. It doesn’t matter if I’m watching a grand awakening sunrise over majestic Portland Head Light or a black bear in a storm on a hill – when light, color, story and environment all come together something magical happens behind the camera lens.  The challenge is to translate those moments into photos that create engagement and emotion in others.”
    NHAA is following the city of Portsmouth's guidelines that masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated, however if visitors are more comfortable setting up a time to view by appointment outside of gallery hours, they can call 603-431-4230 to set up a time.
    Go & Do
    “Body of Work: Series III” Exhibition and Sale
    Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery,136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
    When: June 30 – Aug. 1. Opening reception at the Levy Gallery, Friday, July 2, 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 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.