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  • 'Body of Work' on display throughout April at NH Art Association

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    NHAA features works of eight artists
    PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Art Association will be holding a “Body of Work: Series I” exhibition during the month of April 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 showcase a grouping of their works. By exhibiting multiple works, the featured artists are able to present their overall artistic vision, sometimes difficult to do with one or two pieces. 
    This first BOW exhibit at the gallery this year features eight local artists exhibiting in a wide variety of mediums. Come and celebrate springtime in downtown Portsmouth and enjoy this visual feast for the eyes and spirit.
    Artists included in this show are painters in various mediums – Christine  Andrews, Barbara Barclay, Ellen Hopkins Fountain, Sandra Keller, John Kessler, Barbara Mata and Brittany Soucy. Photographer and NHAA Board President Renee Giffroy will be showing her recent photographs.
    There will be an online opening reception via the Zoom platform on Friday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. Reception is free and open to the public. Visit nhartassociation.org to register and receive the Zoom link or call the gallery at 603-431-4230 for more information on attending the online reception.

    All works are for sale. Shop the exhibit at the gallery or online at www.nhartassociation.org.

    SHOWN: “Love Is The Only Gold,” an oil painting by Brittany Soucy, will be featured in the New Hampshire Art Association's "Body of Work I" show that runs from March 31 through May 2 at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street. Courtesy photo
    Here is a look at a couple of the featured artists:
    Ellen Hopkins Fountain
    “Like so many other people in these pandemic times, I find myself somewhere I hadn’t expected to be,” Fountain said.  “I am here, in New Hampshire. While not totally unforeseen, this relocation was way ahead of schedule.”  
    Fountain said she found a silver lining to this.
    “I have not only been obligated to look at my world differently, but as a landscape painter, I have been given new views, and a new world to look at. 
    Fountain said she recently read somewhere that the philosopher Wittgenstein had written: “When the eye sees beauty, the hand wants to draw it.”
    “This resonated deeply with me, and brought me back to the first time I had that feeling,” she said.  
    “I was a child, in a field, on a quintessential fall day. The sunlight was raking across unmown fields, the sky was a piercing blue, the trees were tricked out in autumn splendor. I was dazzled. I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to paint all this’.”
    Fountain paints her landscapes in watercolor that venture into abstraction. 
    “They revel in its ability to go from sheer translucent washes of color, to thick deep darks; from whispered nuances, to moonless-night blacks,” she said.  “And every time, it begins with that same sense of gratitude and wonder, just like noticing it for the very first time.”
    The paintings exhibited in Fountain’s body of work are from this past year, here, in and around southern New Hampshire.  
    Brittany Soucy
    “One of the beautiful aspects of being a studio artist is the independence and freedom I have to mold my time and decide how to fill it,” Soucy said. “I take a lot of time to meditate and work on where I am in my mind and thoughts. If I am going to spend hours doing the healing work of painting, I feel the desire to make a positive impact.”
    Soucy, an oil painter, said she has always been a romantic and not only that, a believer that love heals and is a necessary element-one that every person needs and craves. 
    “During these last few months, I have been absorbed by love,” she said.  “Thinking and pondering and studying love. Spreading the good news of love and making sure my actions and words fall into the category of ‘Love’ as often as possible. It has been such a balm. I hope my paintings reflect the light and love that I have been feeling. I hope these pieces warm and lift you, body and soul.”

    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. 

    Go & Do
    “Body of Work: Series I” Exhibition and Sale
    Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Main Gallery
                136 State Street, Portsmouth NH, and online at www.nhartassociation.org
    When: March 31 through May 2. There will be an online reception via the Zoom platform on Friday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. Call the gallery at 603-431-4230 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.