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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
Our new gallery at 130 Water Street is hopping with activities for everyone to enjoy:
Reminder to artists that drop off for next theme show, The Eye of the Beholder is April 30. Everyone is welcome to our reception Friday May 6th 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
The challenge is multi-level. It begins with pairing a photographer and a painter. The photographer captures an image. The painter uses this image as reference for a painted interpretation of what the photographer saw. Or, it could start with a painting that the photographer then has to try to recreate. Both works will be hung together. This was a powerful show last year and demanded a repeat. See the event entry for details.
The Seacoast Artist Association is thrilled to have relocated to 130 Water Street in Exeter, and full of gratitude for the outpouring of support from our members and community members allowing this to become a reality. Thank you!
The Grand Opening Celebration was a well-attended event held Saturday April 9th where everyone enjoyed a visual treat of the new works on display, a chance to meet the artists, and light refreshments. One lucky patron won the raffle prize – a beautiful monotype triptych created by Annick Bouvron-Gromek.