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