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  • ‘AquaTerra: Seacoast Land & Water’ --Two NH Art Association artists pair up during May

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    PORTSMOUTH – Two New Hampshire Association artists – photographer Joe Perna and painter Jeff Wagner – have collaborated to exhibit views of the New England Seacoast, through photographs and paintings during May at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. 
    From Maine to New Hampshire to Massachusetts the Seacoast region shows considerable diversity in coastline, marsh and cozy harbors, and is an image maker’s delight. 
    Lovely sunsets, stunning waves and rocky coasts are not what people typically associate with New England, but they have been captured by this duo.
     “We wanted to show how similar topography can be viewed by two different mediums”, Wagner said. He and Perna have known each other for years, and have exhibited widely individually. This is their first collaboration.
    Wagner is primarily a landscape and seascape painter in the local area. He studied at the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, the New Hampshire Art Institute and Scottsdale Artists School, in addition to attending numerous workshops. 
    Wagner is originally from California and has a western affinity for visual space – a scarce commodity in New England, but one he tries to capture in his paintings. 
    Perna is a portrait and commercial photographer in the Seacoast area. He also has an affinity for visiting the seacoast. His images capture a variety of aspects of the places he has visited, from detail photos of marshes and inlets to quiet panorama scenes, some of which are almost monochromatic.
    Perna has studied photography in classes at New York University and Maine Media College, as well as attended various workshops. 
    The gallery is following the CDC and state’s recommendations for safety while visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 603-431-4230 if you have any questions or would like to make a private appointment to visit the gallery due to any concerns. All artwork is for sale both at the gallery and online.
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    “AquaTerra: Seacoast Land & Water” Exhibition and Sale
    Where: NH Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery
                136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
    When: May 5 through May 30. There will be an online reception via the Zoom platform on Friday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Call the gallery at 603-431-4230 or visit the NH Art Association website for more information on attending the online reception.
    Gallery hours: Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment; 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.
    All work will be for sale at the gallery and online at www.nhartassociation.org or by contacting the N.H. Art Association at 603-431-4230.

    SHOWN: “Blue Sky Ahead,” an oil painting by Jeff Wagner, will be in an exhibit, “AquaTerra: Seacoast Land & Water,” at the NH Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, and online at www.nhartassociation.org, during the month of May. Courtesy