‘Different Strokes’ Three NH Art Association share their love of nature
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PORTSMOUTH – It’s time to shed the confines of winter and delve into nature’s beauty.
While outside nature will soon be on display, three artist members of the New Hampshire Art Association will share their love of art and nature, choosing different mediums of expression in a show during May titled, “Different Strokes,” at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
The works of artists Debbie Campbell, Sherie Dowsett and Roger Goldenberg is diverse, but it is unified by each artist's interpretation of nature and each artist's intention to inspire stewardship of its bounty.
“The artists first met at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair in Sunapee and had an instant connection,” said Campbell. “This NHAA exhibit provides an opportunity for them to not only share their work but an excuse to spend quality time together.”
Campbell of Newbury said being an artist means that she sees things others may not.
“When I look around, I am always analyzing form, color, light and value,” she said. “I appreciate the design and patterns that nature makes and strive to capture these in my paintings. I love painting en plein air and find unlimited inspiration from the beauty in nature. Water is one of my favorite subjects.”
Campbell paints mostly in oil because of the richness of color and the flexibility of this medium. She has studied with the late Frances Weston Hoyt of New London, who was a Frank Vincent DuMond student; Gil Perry who has been a great source of inspiration; and, most recently with Peter Granucci.
“Influenced by the great Impressionists, my goal is to capture light and atmosphere in every painting while creating a well composed, unique and interesting work of art,” she said. “I want the viewer to see and feel the beauty, tranquility and wonder that exists in nature.”
Born and raised in England, Dowsett moved to the United States 25 years ago, and is now at home in rural New Hampshire.
A self-taught photographer, Dowsett photographs flora and fauna in their natural environment. She has received awards from local, national and international art and photography organizations, and from The Nature Conservancy. She donates profits to conservation and environmental organizations.
“Photography has helped further the deep affection I feel for the natural world, and I find the experience humbling,” Dowsett said. “As a trained scientist, I am surprisingly uninterested in dissecting what I see, but find myself embracing scenes and behaviors without question. It is a liberating experience.”
Dowsett said for her, photography is about being connected to a moment in nature – feeling the light, the innocence yet wisdom of an animal, the tranquility of the scene, the elegance of the ordinary.
“When I create and share an image, it is with the hope that others will experience a connection of their own with the subject and the natural world in general – by identifying with it, we are encouraged to respect and protect it.
Goldenberg’s “Homage to the Earth” series grew from a body of work inspired by Tibetan prayer flags – their kinetic quality, colors, and how they are a mechanism to launch prayers into the Universe.
“This body of work began as a kinetic expression – a kind of homage to the earth,” Goldenberg said. “As an avid outdoorsman with a background in geology, my ‘Homage to the Earth’ series is an expression of my continued contemplation of our Earth and climate change in which, I imagine, weather we have not yet seen, climate extremes not yet experienced and their impacts on our Earth and us.”
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.
SHOWN: “Woodpecker Feeding,” a photograph by Sherie Dowsett, will be on exhibit at one of the the New Hampshire Art Association's exhibits, "Different Strokes" at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, during the month of May. Courtesy photo
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“Different Strokes,” 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.