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  • Call for Art for the NHAA's 25th annual Omer T. Lassonde exhibition

    PORTSMOUTH – The theme of the New Hampshire Art Association’s 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition is “Beyond the Boundaries.”
     
    NHAA members and non-members are invited to interpret this theme in one to three pieces in all mediums by online submissions until Friday, Feb. 5, by 5 p.m. 
     
    Works chosen will be on exhibit and for sale at the NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery and online at nhartassociation.org Wednesday March 31 through Sunday May 30, 2021, for a two-month exhibition.
     
    The juror for this exhibit will be announced shortly. Please check back on the Association’s website at www.nhartassociation.org for updated information. 

    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 was a modernist painting known for his spirited landscapes and expressive use of bold color. Originally expecting to become a portraitist, one of his subjects, N.H. Governor John G. Winant, suggested he go to the South Pacific like Gauguin to paint. 

    Indeed, Lassonde is most famous for the year he spent painting the landscape and native life of West Samoa in 1930. 

    In 1947, the then editor of The Washington Post claimed that Lassonde had “done more than any man living to put New Hampshire on the map artistically.”

    Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500 are awarded to the top three submissions. Honorable mentions will also be accepted. The exhibit is generously sponsored by the Lassonde family through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. 

    For the complete prospectus and more information, visit www.nhartassociation.org and click under the 35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition under “Upcoming Artist Opportunities.”

    An online reception and award ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 pm., via Zoom. Details and a link will be sent out prior to the event and/or posted on the NHAA website.