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  • Finding Form in Stone and Paint: NH Art Association artists team up

    PORTSMOUTH - Forms and figures hide in ordinary places, unrefined, waiting for the artist to uncover what can be found. It takes a patient hand and an open mind to sift through matter and reveal what’s there. The reward is the surprise of discovering something unexpected.

    New Hampshire Art Association artists Ellen Sidor and Lisa McManus find forms in different media but both feel their way through until the unrealized form is revealed. 
     
    Sidor’s carvings contain the lumbering spirit of earthy bears, folksy and uninhibited. McManus’s painted lines and shapes combine and overlap in biomorphic patterns of flora and fauna. 
     
    Sidor has been carving stone for 40 years, studying sculpture at the Boston Museum School, drawing at Tucson’s (Arizona) Sonoran Desert Museum and Provincetown Art Association. 
     
    Using soft stone from around the world including Brazilian talc, Chinese soapstone and alabasters from Italy, Spain and the American southwest, Sidor often works from photographs of birds and animals, adding a light touch of abstraction.
     
    Lisa McManus started artmaking in NYC at Parsons School of Design and focused her attention on landscapes for many years. Recent efforts are less representational. 
     
    Biomorphic forms in symmetrical patterns reveal unique forms with touches of the familiar. Fish become flowers, which become turtles, and geometric patterns weave through the background.
     
     
    Go & Do
    “Finding Form in Stone and Paint”:
    NHAA artists Ellen Sidor and Lisa McManus
    Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery
                136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
    When: Sept. 4 through Sept. 29
    Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 6, 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 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
     
     
     
    Artwork: 
    “Rocking Bear”, an alabaster carving by Ellen Sidor
    “Head”, a painting by Lisa McManus