Art Around Town, Portsmouth, NH: Kennedy Studios, August 5, 2011

Each successful gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has really positioned themselves to cater to a specific clientele. That would be good business in a town the size of Portsmouth. Kennedy Studios is a custom framing shop that also sells prints and has set aside space for an artist that they feature with Art Around Town each month. Where Nahcotta and Three Graces generally stay away from the more predictable nautical and traditional, Kennedy features artists that bring something special to their specific genre, in a more representational style.

Todd Bonita is no exception. I have seen a lot of boats, and paintings of boats. That is on the surface what these are, but Todd takes the object and really makes it a personal study. As a painter, I truly respect well-handled paint. As a painter who has handled still-lifes, I even more greatly respect one who can take an object and drive home the importance of that object. Todd does all of that. He says in his statement that he will paint boats as long as they haunt him. I get it.

I talked briefly with Todd as we got ready to take pictures of him in front of his wall at Kennedy. The chat was generally informal and artist-to-artist about the struggle to find good venues, the number of highly talented people in the area.

As I talked to him, and chatted with a few of the patrons on the gallery, I realized that though this seemed two weeks ago, like a shameles self-promotion, it felt like the community here was ready to embrace the idea of a small blog. Kennedy, Nahcotta and  Three Graces are all ready to assist where they can with information and images.

There will be one more in this series: Gallery Nahcotta. I hope to get that written and published tomorrow.

Daryl-Ann Hurst, artinsmallplaces

No title available, Todd Bonita

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About artinsmallplaces

I am Daryl-Ann Hurst, (also using Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst), an artist and writer, who is also interested in antiques, travel and the outdoors. I am hoping to use this blog to meld all of the interests. I was born and raised in California, have a BA in art, have been published in the New England Antiques Journal and have photography on the Gulf of Maine's website. I have shown paintings and prints nationally since 1978.

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