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  • “Roots to Blossoms: Learning and Discovery through Storytelling and Creative Practice” at New Hampshire Art Association

    PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association artist Angie Follensbee-Hall engages her audience with a visual story telling language. She will have her recent work on exhibit during the month of September at the NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
    “The visual arts are my way of communicating with the world,” Follensbee-Hall said. “I am most connected with the process of artmaking, and how I merge the items from my natural world, and my material human world, into my artmaking as a creative practice.”
    A collector of objects and of the stories that enfold those objects, Follensbee-Hall manipulates objects and adds layers of colors and textures. She also uses hand-made paper in her collages.
    “I think of my work much like the work of archaeology in reverse,” she said. How can I reveal meaning by adding more and more layers? How might I spark a new idea, a new story in the viewers mind through a rich earth-based texture? I often think of the soil, the Earth Mother, and all she contains within her black, rich, living layers.”
    In addition to being a juried member of the NHAA, Follensbee-Hall is also a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Vermont Hand Crafters.
    My hope is that as someone connects and sits with my art, they begin to cultivate that intuitive embodied sense of listening,” Follensbee-Hall said.
    The gallery is following the CDC and state’s recommendations for safety while visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 603-431-4320 if you have any questions or would like to make a private appointment to visit the gallery due to any concerns.
    The New Hampshire Art Association is celebrating its 80th year and is the oldest art association in the state.
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    “Roots to Blossoms: Learning and Discovery through Storytelling and Creative Practice”
    Where: New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
    When: Sept. 2 – Sept. 27. There will be an online reception on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Please visit www.nhartassociation.org for more information on this.
    Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.: closed Mondays. (Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please call the gallery regarding hours before traveling a distance at 603-431-4230.)