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  • ‘Body of Work: Series III’ NHAA features works of nine artists

    PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “Body of Work: Series III” exhibition during the month of September at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
     
    NHAA holds several “Body of Work” shows throughout the year to give its members an opportunity to show a grouping of their works as opposed to having one piece getting lost hanging among many other artists’ works. Artists are chosen by a lottery for each of these series.
     
    This third and final BOW exhibit at the gallery this year, features nine artists exhibiting in a wide variety of media.
     
    Artists included in this show are Maryclare Heffernan, oil paintings; Debra Woodward, photography; Sheryl Rivkind, ceramics; Eileen Belanger, acrylics; Sarah Cail, photography; Sandra Keller, oil paintings; JoAnn Portalupi, oil paintings; Shawn Pelech, oil paintings; and Gary Samson, photography. 
     
    About some of the artists:
    JoAnne Portalupi
    Portalupi of Lee is showing a series of oil paintings titled, “Rocks & Paper.”
     
    A juried member of the NHAA since 2010, Portalupi has taken plein air workshops and studio classes with painter Adeline Goldminc Tronzo. In addition to many other workshops, she participated in summer intensive painting workshop in Provence, France (2005, 2006) with Tronzo.
     
    She is a past board member of the NHAA and has had her work accepted into many prestigious juried gallery exhibitions including the Levy Gallery, Discover Portsmouth, 100 Market Street Gallery, and the Morgan Gallery in Kittery, Maine.
     
    In 2017, Portalupi received a 2ndplace award for the NHAA annual Wet Paint-Out weekend.
     
    Shawn Pelech
    Pelech of Portsmouth is showing a series of oil paintings titled “Variations on a Theme.” 
     
    She, too, spent two summers (2005, 2006) studying in Provence, France, with Tronzo. 
     
    Pelech has painted in Key West for 16 years, a time she calls “special.”
     
    “It is an uncumbersome practice – just a bike with easel and canvas,” Pelech said of her time spent there. “Painting is a life long endeavor that gets richer – and maybe better – the more you do it.”
     
    She received 1stplace in the Key West Art and Historical Society’s plein air paint-out in 2018.
     
    Pelech taught art in the public schools and continues to teach and paint in and out of the studio. A member of NHAA, she was also awarded with a residency at the Gaffney Library in Wakefield. 
     
    Both Pelech and Portalupi will be giving a “Conversation with The Artists” at the Levy Gallery on Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
     
    Sarah Cail
    When given a “point and shoot” camera eight years ago, Cail never thought that it would change her life. She planned on taking family and vacation snaps, but it was when she started to really observe the local landscapes that she became obsessed with creating images.  
     
    Cail believes that her ability to reside in both Florida and New Hampshire has contributed to her desire to become a nature and landscape photographer. 
     
    The artist’s love for photography has forced her to take the stand of the conservationist. To her, it is equally imperative to preserve the cleanliness of the lakes, as it is to protect critical wildlife habitats. 
     
    Cail’s work has been featured in several publications, websites, and those of many charitable causes including The Humane Society of New Hampshire, Dignity Matters, and the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
     
     
     
     
    Go & Do
    “Body of Work: Series III”
    Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Main Gallery
                136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
    When: Sept. 4 through Sept. 29
    Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
    More: “Conversation with The Artists” – JoAnn Portalupi and Shawn Pelech will be held at the Levy Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. Free.
    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: 
    “Rocks and Paper 2”, an oil painting by JoAnn Portalupi
    “Complements”, an oil painting by Shawn Pelech
    “Marshall Point Lighthouse”, a photograph by Sarah Cail