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August Event Highlights

Morning MIst -by Laura KIng

Morning Mist -by Laura King

  • SAA theme show Along the Coast is on display the month of August – opening reception is August 5th 4-7 PM. Congratulations to Laura King, a new SAA member from North Hampton, who was awarded ‘Best of Show’ for her oil painting, “Morning Mist”.
  • The Featured Artist is Dave Thompsen – his show “H2O” is on exhibit August & September – opening reception is August 5th 4-7 PM.
  • Mystery Kits are selling out fast! Stop by the gallery to buy your kit for the October theme show. Participants can attend our demo on how to use the kit August 14th 2:00 PM.
  • Art classes in pastel, drawing, and watercolor – see our Class and Workshop schedule.

See our events page for a calendar of SAA activities.

Featured Artist: Dave Thompsen

Sailing off Rye

Dave Thompsen and The Seacoast Artist Association invite you to join us for our
Featured Artist Reception:

When: Friday, August 5th, 5:00 to 7:00
Where: SAA Gallery, 130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03883
Gallery phone (603)778-8856

As the artist featured in August and September, Dave will be displaying his photographs that capture the essence of water in his exhibition “H2O“…

Water. A precious resource. A playful medium. The stage for an infinite number of photographic possibilities. This series of photographs by artist Dave Thompsen celebrates water in every scene, whether it’s under two sailboats racing off Rye New Hampshire or pouring from a fountain at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton.

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July Event Highlights

Purple Rain - by Tony Baldasaro of Stratham - awarded Best of Show

Best of Show – Purple Rain – by Tony Baldasaro

See our events page for a calendar of SAA activities.

June Events

Yellow Coneflower

See our events page for a calendar of SAA activities.

28th Annual Scholarship Awards

The Seacoast Artist Association celebrated it’s 28th year awarding students scholarships to financially assist those talented student artists who are planning to continue their education in the area of the visual arts.

This year, there were 18 submissions from local high schools and these were judged by Bill Childs, Barbara Cowan and Pat Corbin. Judging was difficult and close and six students tied for three top awards.

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Featured Artist: Renee Giffroy

Renee cropped_As the SAA Featured Artist for June/July, Renee Giffroy from Rye, New Hampshire will be displaying a unique photographic perspective of the images captured from the hulls of boats. “Boatscapes” is a colorful celebration of the beauty that can found in the mundane. Through her photographic eye, Giffroy takes what is often overlooked and transforms it into extraordinary pieces of art.

Attend the artist reception on Saturday June 11, 2016 from 1-3 pm at the SAA gallery. Refreshments will be served.
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SAA Y’Art Sale

Birches Glade - by Annick Bouvron-Gromek

Birches Glade – by Annick Bouvron-Gromek

The Seacoast Artist Association Scholarship Committee will be holding its annual Raffle and Y’Art Sale this June, 2016. The raffle items, including this monotype titled “Birches Glade” by SAA member Annick Bouvron-Gromek, beautifully framed by Devantery Frames, will be displayed from Tuesday, June 14, 2016 thru Friday, July 1, 2016. The winning tickets will be drawn during the theme show reception “Sky Images” on Friday July 1, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

The Y’Art Sale will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:00 – 4:00. This is in conjunction with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce Summer Fest. All proceeds from these two events will go to the scholarship award fund to benefit local high school seniors continuing their art education.

So, stop by the Seacoast Artist Association at our new location at 130 Water Street in Exeter, NH, and buy some raffle tickets, browse the gallery, and buy one of those items you thought will make a perfect gift for someone.

Monotype Demonstration

Pussy Willows - by Annick Bouvron-Gromek

Pussy Willows – by Annick Bouvron-Gromek

This demonstration on Sunday May 8th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the SAA Gallery will show how to print a monotype on Silk. Taught by SAA member Annick Bouvron-Gromek, this is followed by a workshop on Saturday May 14th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM – cost for workshop is $75. Due to space restriction we can only have 4 attendees for the hands-on workshop – if interested, please email Annick at annickbg@comcast.net

Exhibit: Eye of the Beholder


“Beachfront Berries” by Bill Moore (L) and “Through Space and Time” by Cheri Christenson

Yet another show that has exceeded expectations! “The Eye of the Beholder” boasts 35 pieces from painters and photographers who accepted this challenge and worked together to produce two interpretations of the same subject. (the odd number is the result of a fabulous three generation collaboration!) This was another extremely hard to judge show but chosen as “Best of Show” are Cheri Christenson and her watercolor “Through Space and Time” interpretation of Bill Moore’s photograph, “Beachfront Berries”. Congratulations!

The reception for this show is Friday May 6th from 4-7, which is also the kick-off to the summer’s First Friday Events in Exeter, so you will want to be in town for this. Hope to see you there.