NHAA Presents the Works of Five Artists in July Exhibition
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be hosting an exhibition “Body of Work: Series III” during the month of July at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
The NHAA organizes several “Body of Work” exhibitions throughout the year to give its members the opportunity to present a collection of their works. By exhibiting several works, the artists presented are able to present their overall artistic vision, sometimes difficult to do with one or two pieces.
This third BOW exhibition at the gallery this year features five local artists exhibiting in a wide variety of mediums. Come celebrate summer in downtown Portsmouth and enjoy this visual feast for the eyes and the soul.
The artists included in this exhibition are Barbara Albert, painter; Kate Higley, painter / printmaker; Angélique Luro, abstract artist; Bill Moore, photographer and Howard Muscott, photographer.
Here is a brief overview of each artist in this exhibition:
Albert’s show is called “Water’s Edge”.
“Living on the New England coast with the ocean as a neighbor, I have come to measure time by the tides and predict the weather by the changing colors of the sea,” said Albert.
“In the almost seven years that we have been neighbors, most of my paintings have suggested imaginary places, but almost all have included water or a suggestion of it. I love the rocky textures, endless skies, and impressionistic waves – all created by sliding paint knives through thick acrylics pressed onto the canvas straight from their tubes.
Higley, printmaker and painter, maintains his home and studio in Eliot, Maine.
His earlier work was influenced by combining microscopy images with ambiguous bird’s-eye views of the landscape. Most of these one-design prints were created using an additive process requiring multiple passes through an etching press to arrive at a final state.
Higley’s most recent work explores environmental concerns through the vehicle of collagraphic impressions. Focusing on the volume of trash created from the ubiquitous plastics in our lives, she is in the midst of several rounds of prints using plastics and other trash as a vehicle for texture.
These monotypes contain abstract images and references to the landscape, especially wetlands and swamps. Higley’s work can be found in private and public collections here and abroad.
The title of Luro’s work is “My Own Muse”.
Born and raised in Maine, Luro is an empathetic, intuitive, and abstract artist who draws on her experiences as a mother, professional gardener, Reiki healer, and former yoga instructor.
For her, discernment is at the forefront of the creation process. Inspired by a love of family, animals and the natural world, she combines her innate knowledge of color, texture and line, with curiosity and a sense of exploration, which results in engaging acrylic / mixed media works. She currently lives on a small farm in southern Maine
with her husband and their four equines, two dogs and a cat.
Born in England, tested on both coasts of America – the road took Moore to New England where he worked as a sports reporter, photojournalism and magazine editor in California for over 25 years, before to return home to the Northeast.
The theme of Moore’s show is “Water Ring”. He calls his new job the Hull Lines Series.
“The first thing that happens is to check the weather report, focusing on how fast the wind will blow,” Moore said.
If it’s more than 3 miles per hour, Moore stays home. He seeks the reflections of the hulls in the water, but he does not seek the perfect reflection. He is looking for the hull very clean, with the reflection withdrawn by a weak wind.
Muscott’s body of work is titled “Chasing The Golden Light”.
“The varied images of nature and wildlife in these are some of my ‘magical moments’,” said Muscott of Amherst.
“We all know one when we see and feel one. It doesn’t matter if I watch a grand sunrise over the majestic Portland Lighthouse or a black bear in a storm on a hill – when light, color, history and environment come together, something magical occurs behind the camera lens. The challenge is to translate these moments into photos that create engagement and emotion in others.
The NHAA is following Portsmouth City guidelines that face masks are not mandatory for those who have been vaccinated, but if visitors are more comfortable setting a time to see by appointment after hours When the gallery opens, they can call 603-431-4230 to settle in for a while.
What: “Body of Work: Series III” exhibition and sale
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
When: June 30 to August 1. Opening at Galerie Levy, Friday, July 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 5 pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm; and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.