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Nahcotta and Zev Yoga Show Openings tonight

There has been a deterioration of the “Art Around Town” circuit since 3 Graces closed. That was a sad day for many of us. But it was nice to see Kim Ferreira’s “Jackalopes” at Nahcotta tonight-a pleasant reminder that the reason why she closed her gallery was to devote more time to her art.

The decision to venture out tonight was because I am a fan, follower, and friend of Jeannie Griffin-Peterka, and I am proud to say she was my nomination for her solo at the r.mfa.  I needed to see this show. I support my artist friends and I love to see their new work. Her show was at Zev, the opening was 6.

“Art Around Town” starts at 5, and I was in town shortly after. I stuck my head in Kennedy Studios, took a peak and wandered down to Nahcotta. Fair warning-wear great snow footwear. Yikes! Walking was an interesting task!

Nahcotta’s “Enormous Tiny Art-Winter, Show #17” was a really nice change from what they had up last week, which really felt like…this is what we had in the backroom, with no cohesion at all…but we needed something on the walls. I know from having been in enough galleries in the last 38 years, that happens. January is a peculiar month. So, no fault to the gallery for that :).

There is some great work in this show, and based on the red-dots, the show is being well-received. I particularly liked Amanda Kavanaughs’ pieces and Kate Todaro “L3 to the Red Line” series.

"L3 to the Red Line", (c)Kate Todaro

“L3 to the Red Line”, (c)Kate Todaro

I cheated with the camera, because I noticed another person writing and capturing images on his phone. We actually ended up having a conversation about the show, and about what he felt was redeeming, etc. I did think it was fun to be not the only one doing this and Marc and I also shared some “big city” thoughts on the way art is reviewed.

From Nahcotta, I ice skated (not literally, but close), to Zev.  Jeannie was just taking her boots off at the door (it’s a yoga studio) when I walked in. I am a personal comrade, so all I am going to say here is “see this show”. All of her work is fairly large acrylic on canvas.  Her work is remarkable and some day I will own this piece:

"Number 27" (c)Jeannie Griffin-Peterka

“Number 27” (c)Jeannie Griffin-Peterka

There are small details in this painting that she doesn’t always include that I like. This piece almost feels like a cityscape, which grounds it, and I think that’s a quality that I am responding too, as well.

So, I am home and warm and expecting more snow, and then…more snow…with more snow. Perfect painting weather.




I hate catching up…

Oh my. Much has developed, transpired, gotten hung, taken down, seen and experienced since my last ditty. So, where to start?

I may have mentioned minor surgery in my last post. That was followed by the flu, which completely knocked me down for a few days. I did manage to show up for the Kittery Art Association opening last Sunday.

KAA, your truly with three canvasesIt was a good gathering and there were some pieces that I would like to show at The Stone Church. I will also probably join a group there called the “Moderns”.

That was last Sunday. Monday, I felt like a field mouse my last cat dragged in, and presented to me while it was still slightly twitching! Tuesday, I hung my first truly curated show at the Stone Church. None of my work-and I think that may be a first. I have hung, or helped hang lots of shows, but I think my work was always included.

So, it was a pretty hectic night. My show came down and was hastily wrapped. I laid out the “3 Views” show against the wall, on the floor, in the order that I thought they should hang, and made adjustments along the way. I won’t say without a hitch, but the hanging was fairly smooth. I started at 5, and finished shortly before 9.

"3 Views of Country", the Stone Church, one section. 2/28/2012I chose to do everything that night because of weather, and I was really glad I did. But, because I got home relatively late for me on a work night, my work stayed in the car overnight-none of the work got damaged. And, I was able to unload my car in a quiet part of the snowstorm on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, I was approached again by my boss to hang a few of my pieces in our new employee lounge area-quite a compliment since the entire office has been completely renovated recently. That will be a chore for the week-end: design the display for the office.

Tonight was Art Around Town in Portsmouth. I hit five galleries, and I will give the entire stroll which included The Lincoln-Levy Gallery,
McLaughlin-Hills Gallery, Kennedy Studios, Three Graces, and Nahcotta a quick mention.

Levy, which is the gallery for the NH Art Association had a featured exhibit by photographer, Joe Reardon. The photography was good, but I was slightly distracted by the misspelling of certain mountains, like Chocorua. McLaughlin-Hills features a great variety of art from Oaxaca, Mexico and I felt a huge pull from my Californio roots!

Then to Three Graces and Nicole Maloof’s “You Are What You Want”.What a good show! I questioned the presentation (clothesline), but the more I think about it, as she is documenting “acquisition of stuff”, the display makes too much sense. The works are generally acrylics on drawings or mono-screenprints.

Kennedy Studios tends to offer respectable, but unchallenging work. The photos up (I’m sorry, but this is how I felt) could have been part of the work at the Levy. Neither really had a feel of an “individual” vision.

Nahcotta pulled a great show out, too. Matt Adrian’s “A Mincing Mockingbird” can’t be missed. His acrylics look like oils and he has a really nice handle on that. His birds have absolutely too much personality, and he reflects that in his titles. Having done my share of bird photography, I have seen these personalities, and he captures them well.

That’s the update from artinsmallplaces. The Rochester MFA opens tomorrow, and I am hoping to go to the reception with Malynda and Brian from the Gatehouse and Connect the Dots, but she has got the “bug”. I am sure I will be writing about the inaugural exhibition, and I am planning to attend, regardless.