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September Event Highlights

Far From Home - by Anita Freeman

Far From Home – by Anita Freeman

See our events page for a calendar of SAA activities.

Demo: Fabric Art by Nancy Morgan

Downtown Exeter by Nancy Morgan

Downtown Exeter by Nancy Morgan


Join award-winning fabric artist Nancy Morgan for a fabric art talk and demonstration. Nancy will bring her sewing machine, fabric and thread to demonstrate and explain the basic techniques of creating her Fabric Art pieces. Examples of her work will be available for viewing and there will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Nancy’s intimate acquaintance with fabric comes from the years that she has been sewing. Her very early love of dancing, which continued through adulthood when she studied dance at Adelphi University, resulted in many hours spent at the sewing machine to fashion costumes. Perhaps because she knows fabrics so well, she is able to exact a certain amount of cooperation from the material, and together the artist and the medium join forces to create an altogether pleasing whole. And perhaps it is because this artist has lived her entire life on the seacoast, that the familiar scenes of a downtown square or the water’s edge in any one of a number of small Seacoast towns are so lovingly captured in her handiwork.

Nubble Light 3 by Nancy Morgan

Nubble Light 3 by Nancy Morgan


Nancy is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association, the Seacoast Artist Association, and the Cambridge Art Association. Her work appears in many private collections throughout the U.S., and she has won several awards in both the fabric and art worlds.

The demonstration is sponsored by the Seacoast Artist Association and will take place on Sunday, October 9, at the old Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter, NH, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition

Mother of God of Vladimir

Mother of God of Vladimir – (wood, egg tempera, 23-k gold) – by Marina Forbes

Marina Forbes presents Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Seacoast Artist Association Gallery at 130 Water Street in Exeter, New Hampshire, as part of the SAA’s Second Sunday art demonstration/lecture series.

Traditional Russian icon painting has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation by Marina deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon-making involves the painting of stylized religious images on wood using traditional natural materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Marina also presents Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to New England on Thursday, September 29th at 7pm at the Madbury Public Library in Madbury, NH. This beautifully illustrated interactive presentation by Marina Forbes will feature the history of Matryoshka nested doll making in Russia. Using a fully illustrated show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work and from her extensive collection, Forbes will examine the tapestry of the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the doll’s appearance and the interesting link between doll making and other traditional Russian art forms. There will be a quick stop at the 1900 World Fair in Paris that made Russian nested dolls and Fabergé eggs famous followed by an exciting illustrated tour of a working doll-making factory in rural Russia, depicting the various stages in the doll making process. The presentation will conclude with a glorious show of hundreds of examples of the finest Matryoshka artwork available in Russia.

Marina Forbes is an award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) and an art historian with 20 years of experience teaching in the US, Europe and Russia. She is listed on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and Culture as well as the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Rosters for Traditional Arts, Arts in Education, Arts in Healthcare and offers between 75 and 100 presentations and workshops each year on Russian art, Russian daily life, history, iconography, social issues and culture throughout the New England area. Marina leads a Cultural Tour to Russia every year and her award winning art and icons are on display in churches and private collections in Russia, Europe and the US. She was profiled on the Chronicle TV program in 2012.

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
http://www.seacoastartist.org

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

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June Events

Yellow Coneflower

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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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