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  • 'Light and Dark' -- NH Art Association member exhibit with a nod to Halloween

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    PORTSMOUTH – “Light and Dark,” a dichotomy as old as time. This is the theme of the New Hampshire Art Association’s members exhibit for October at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
    As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, what is illuminated and what is hidden in the shadows? Artists are being asked to submit a description of how their work fits within this theme that will be displayed along with their pieces in the  exhibition.
    With a nod to Halloween, the show will have some fun additions as the NHAA partners with businesses in the community.
    “We are partnering with Port City Makerspace, who is working on creating a window art installation using their workshop,” said Gallery Manager Amanda Kidd Schall. “I helped them come up with the theme of ravens and doves to help illustrate the theme of ‘Light and Dark.’”
    Port City Makerspace is a welcoming and inclusive community workshop that provides tools, knowledge, and a collaborative culture to encourage the artist and maker in everyone. It operates as a 501(C)(3) non-profit, and serves the community through membership offerings, classes and workshops, and renting space for short-term projects and studio space.
    “We are also partnering with Cotillion Bureau, who is contributing to the event by showcasing some of their finest vintage pieces at the opening reception on Oct. 1.” Schall said. “
    Cotillion Bureau will have models in attendance wearing pieces that celebrate the light and dark theme. 
    To add to the festive evening, Billy Butler of Bitter Pill will be performing during the opening reception. Bitter Pill is described as a band that plays a dark and anachronistic twist of folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly, and country – mixed with original spoken word as well as reading from classical literature.
    “We also are inviting all artists and guests to come to the opening dressed up in all white, all black, or creative black and white.”
    Visitors to the gallery are currently being asked to wear a mask due to the prevalence of COVID-19. However, if visitors are more comfortable setting up a time to view the exhibit by appointment outside of gallery hours, they can call (603) 431-4230.
    Go & Do
    “Light and Dark”: NH Art Association Member Exhibition and Sale
    Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery,136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
    When: Sept. 29 to Oct. 31. Opening reception at the Levy Gallery, Friday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists and guests are invited to come to the opening dressed up in all white, all black, or creative black and white.
    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.