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  • ‘Women and Tall Ships’ at Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery through August

    PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association artist Rebecca Klementovich will have her latest series of “ship paintings” in an exhibit titled, “Women and Tall Ships,” at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery for the month of August.

    This new series of “ships” are dreamlike and subconscious driven as well as historically driven, Klementovich said.

    Many of paintings are about, Ellen Gerrish, the wife of a sea captain, and her 2-year-old daughter Helen, who went on to face unimaginable perils and were only recorded in history because of their involvement in the Civil War sea battle. 

    “Sailor, scholar and writer Kate Ford Liard writes beautifully about the life of some of these women at sea,” Klementovich said. “Many of my titles come from Kate Ford’s work.”

    This series of paintings are based off of women at sea in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of the research is about Portsmouth women. Wives and daughters of captains were often on board these tall ships. 

    “There’s little information about women and their lives on the tall ships but in between the documentations we have of marriage licenses, baptisms and death certificates, there are small stories that have been recorded in history about these women,” Klementovich said. “I am so proud to paint this series as a way to show the courage and uniqueness of our local Portsmouth heroines.”
    Graduating from the Fashion Institute of technology NYC, Klementovich specialized in fashion illustration. She was a textile designer and fashion art director for 22 years in the city, where she began her appreciation of the power of color. Her art career gave her a love of color and a strong design component in her paintings.

    “Fashion illustration was the back bone for the gestural and bold color palette for my ships and abstract pieces,” she said.

    Klementovich’s work unites abstract painting with semi-realism. She uses a unique colorful palette to express nature. She often times will angle the horizon line to make a more dramatic piece.

    Researching local female sea captains gave her the nostalgia and the lyrical feeling for this series. All of these elements have produced these large, modern, unique fine art paintings. 
    NHAA is following the city of Portsmouth's guidelines that masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated, 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 to set up a time.
    Go & Do
    “Women and Tall Ships” Exhibition and Sale
    Where: NH Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery
                136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
    When: Aug. 5 through Aug. 29. Opening reception at the Levy Gallery, Friday, Aug. 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 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.