Monthly Archives: August 2011

Art Around Town, Portsmouth: Three Graces Gallery, August 5, 2011

Watching Children Watch Television, Anne Buckwalter, mixed-medium

Miraculous, Denise Duong, mixed-medium I started my tour of the August offerings from Art Around Town in Portsmouth, NH with the Three Graces Gallery. Kim Ferrera’s choices of art and artists have never disappointed me, and a fair number of her featured artists over the years have been full of intelligent whimsy.

Denise Duong, who will be on view until October 3rd, has four decent-sized (approximately three foot square) mixed-medium paintings that capture the naive and the sophisticated, at once embracing life and capturing the dream. “Savoring all the moments that we experience is a story, it’s living life”, is taken from the statement on her show invitation. The works strongest features beyond the playful and personal imagery is her use of beautiful textures, and layers that vary in glossiness.

Anne Buckwalter’s pieces have a bit more social comment, though they continue the serious attention to surface that Duong’s pieces exemplify. “Watching Children Watching Television” is a gritty view of the visual you get every time you are in a department/Big Box store in the electronics department. The children vary little as they are frozen in front of the wall of TVs.

One wall is devoted to Robin Luciano Beaty’s mixed-media encaustics. The pieces “Confidence 1”, “Confidence 6”, and “Confidence 22” have sensibility that pays homage to Mark Rothko with the translucency vs weightiness contradiction that can really only be achieved in this manner using wax in the pigment.

I spoke briefly with Kim Ferrera about business, and she said, with a quiet sigh, that sales have been better this summer than the last two. This echoed what I heard from Mike Marks in Portland. She is also an artist and though I did not note any of her work, it is also definitely a reason to stop here.

This is the first of a series of three posts about this Art Around Town. I will also discuss the work at Kennedy Studios and at Nahcotta.

Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, artinsmallplaces

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Bike Week, without the bikes

I have often wondered what Bike Week looks like to people in Nebraska. Or, what those people think of Gilford, New Hampshire. Bikers know, but my guess is everyone else … But, it surely isn’t an art/antique destination.

Gilford, Gilmanton, Gilmanton Iron Works and Alton actually inspired this blog. No, these are probably not art/antiques destinations, but I hope to promote those reasons to come to these places. And others.

I happened to be sitting in my campsite at Gunstock, a year-round resort where I have done some snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, just outside Gilford, when I happened on the idea for this blog-to use an old expression. The following morning sent me running home for raingear-and 45 minutes away, that was OK.

After finishing rain-proofing the campsite, I ventured off to see if there might be enough to write about. There will be plenty.

As a writer, reviewer, critic, I am not necessarily looking for the same thing in all venues. And, having lived in New Hampshire for a long time, I have seen some remarkable work in general stores. And, that’s what I am looking for.

S0, I set out, first to Gilford. No. Nothing that looked like a museum, gallery and I don’t even remember a gift store. And, after that rainy start to the morning, the day turned rather hot and sunny.

I drove into the outskirts of Laconia, but that was not the point. Laconia is large enough that I should be able to make a post just on it. So, down to Gilmanton, Gilmanton Iron Works and back around. The circle, with stops took less than 1 1/2 hour.

Down 106. And into, Gilmanton. N., Into Gilmanton Iron Works. There was a fabric store. I should have stopped but didn’t.

Back into Alton, and then Alton Bay. I did stop at an antique store on 140 not long before reconnecting with 28.  I unfortunately have lost the proprietor’s card but he was genuinely friendly. We discussed a  50’s AM radio as well as a piece of carnival glass. A nice piece of Carnival glass, but not marked.

From there I was back to camp, to once again dream how I could make this a revenue stream. There are more ideas in the works., and I will be reviewing Portsmouth Art Around Town on Friday.