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  • 22nd Annual Joan L. Dunfey Open-Juried by Mary Harding

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    Call for Art – ‘Portals’

    PORTSMOUTH – Entries are being accepted online for the 22nd Annual Joann L. Dunfey Open-Juried Exhibition to be held in November at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. 
    The theme of this year’s show is “Portals.” 

    Portals are transformative. Memories are portals to the past – doorways  and thresholds to another reality. 
    Art historical representations of portals include Berte Morisot’s impressionist paintings of people inside looking out the window onto scenes of leisure. 

    Another example is Cindy Sherman’s immersive portraiture, where she dressed up and transformed into different characters to take her self-portraits. 

    In the natural world chrysalis and seeds are portals and the butterflies and seedlings emerge altered. 
    This exhibit is one of NHAA's most prestigious exhibits of the year. It is held annually in honor of Joan L. Dunfey, a steadfast patron of the arts. 

    This year’s juror is Mary Harding, a 1975 graduate of Brown University, who has always been passionate about art. After graduation, she was an exhibit designer for Strawbery Banke Museum and for the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y. She served as director of the Barn Gallery of Ogunquit, Maine for four years. 

    Since 1990, she has been an independent art consultant specializing in regional contemporary art. Harding curated the contemporary art exhibits for the George Marshall Store Gallery, a property of the Old York Historical Society from 1996 through 2020. 

    Presently, Harding has continued visiting artist’s studios, galleries and other venues and sharing where she goes and what she sees through occasional newsletters which are posted on her website: mhardingart.com

    Visit www.nhartassociation.org for a prospectus and more information. The deadline for submission of 1 to 2 entries is Monday, Sept. 20, by 5 p.m. This juried show is open to all regional artists – NHAA members and non-members.