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August 2017 Event Highlights

by Joanne Ravgiala

SAA members exhibiting in the region:

  • Debra Woodward and Peggy Murray at the NHAA’s East Gallery on 136 State St. in Portsmouth 8/2-26 – reception Sat Aug 5th 5-8PM (live music 6-8).
  • Doris Rice at the Blue Moon in Exeter NH June through Aug – reception Sun Jul 23rd 3-5 pm
  • Laurie Levesque and Eunice Miller at Breaking New Grounds in Market Square Portsmouth NH through August

See our events calendar for more activities.

Eggplant by Gal Santos

Featured Artist: John Baumann

Attend the artist reception for John W. Baumann, Exeter, NH, on Sep 8th 2017, from 4-7 pm at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery, 130 Water Street, Exeter.

As the artist featured in September, John will be displaying works in digital photography. Refreshments will be served.

John’s seascapes, landscapes and fine art photography expresses a sense of historical narrative, but with the strength of abstract compositions.

Warmth of Last Light by John Baumann

His images convey his love of life, history and the great outdoors, from his native Texas to his current home in Windham, New Hampshire. Photographing the world around him, he invites the viewer to look both at open spaces on the wide horizon and at the intimate textures of revealing details.

After serving 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, John decided to take his photographic skills as a hobbyist to the next level. Armed with his GI Bill, he headed back to school part-time and full time for the next 7 years. John is a 2009 graduate of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. He has since studied graphic design at UMass Lowell and studio arts at Middlesex Community College. His work is displayed in the Arts League of Lowell Gallery in Lowell, MA, the Seacoast Artist Association Gallery in Exeter, NH and at Creative Framing Solutions in Manchester, NH. Beginning October 1st, John will be an exhibiting member of the Loading Dock Gallery, Lowell, MA.

New Hampshire Hidden Treasure by John Baumann

Photography is a passion for John. He enjoys the process involved in scouting out new locations to photograph as well as the quiet moments listening to music on his iPhone while waiting for the right light to cascade over his subject. The world moves so quickly. He believes that an artfully made photograph is an invitation to stop, to see, to connect with what is there in front of us.

Visit the artist’s website at jwbaumannphotography.com
E-mail: john@jwbaumannphotography.com or call 617-913-1690.

Featured Artist: Joanne Ravgiala

As the artist featured in August, Ravgiala will be displaying works in Explore Your Garden. Attend the artist reception for Joanne Ravgiala in Exeter, N.H. on Aug.4 from 4-7 p.m. at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery, 130 Water Street, Exeter. Refreshments will be served.

by Joanne Ravgiala

Joanne, a resident of Portsmouth, NH, is primarily a plein air painter. She loves trying to capture a sense of the sights, sounds and smells of a location. “There is a wonderful story-telling quality to capturing a moment on canvas,” she says. She finds painting and drawing the beauty of the human figure a fascinating challenge. While she enjoys the magical transparency and fresh immediate quality of watercolors, she is drawn to the tactile sensory aspects of painting with oils. She particularly cherishes the mutual trust and friendships that have developed with art colleagues as she expanded her painting experience.
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Doris Rice Watercolor Exhibition at the Blue Moon

Summer is in full bloom at the Blue Moon

Doris Rice is showing some of her works

At the Blue Moon Evolution Restaurant,

8 Clifford St. Exeter, NH 03833 (603)778-6850

Summer is the theme

The show will run from June 1st to August 30th.

A reception will be held on Sunday July 23rd from 3 to 5

Please come and join us!

Doris B Rice: Watercolor Artist and Instructor

Doris’ studio is the great outdoors. Painting on location is her inspiration, staying in the moment to capture the world around her. It is an exciting challenge!

She is a graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Early years were spent there as an illustrator for advertising and publishing. In 1979, relocating from Philly to North Hampton, NH, she changed her focus to plein air painting, travelling to study with various master painters and developing her teaching style to bring others to the joy of creating.

Doris is active with her New Hampshire art connections, Seacoast Artist Association and NHAA. Doris teaches:

Adult classes: Portsmouth, Exeter, NH and Kittery, Me Workshops in many locations across the USA and Europe

Artist in residence projects for schools, and mentoring for degree students.

For information on workshops, classes and paintings, look Doris up on the web: www.dorisrice.com

July 2017 Theme Show Winners

Come see the latest theme show art exhibition “Marshes, Dunes, and Tide Pools” through the end of July at the SAA Gallery in Exeter, NH.

Best of Show Award

Sisters by Veronica Wolfe

People’s Choice Award

Marshlands by David Blomquist

July 2017 Event Highlights

  • July Featured Artist is Anita Freemanreception is Fri July 7th 4-7 PM.
  • SAA theme show Marshes, Dunes, & Tidepools is on display through the end of July- reception is Fri July 7th 4-7 PM.
  • Stop by the gallery on Sat July 15th to buy baked goods (proceeds go to SAA’s local art scholarship fund) during Exeter’s American Independence Day Festival
  • Call for art – 2017 theme show calendar is available; the August show is Explore Your Garden – drop off is Sat July 29th.
  • The June/July SAA Newsletter is available
  • SAA members exhibiting in the region:
    • Doris Rice at the Blue Moon in Exeter NH June through Aug – reception Sun Jul 23rd 3-5 pm
    • Gerry Bresnahan at Lane Memorial Library in Hampton NH during July – reception Tue Jul 18th 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Laurie Levesque and Eunice Miller at Breaking New Grounds in Market Square Portsmouth NH through August
    • Debra Woodward and Peggy Murray at the NHAA’s East Gallery on 136 State St. in Portsmouth 8/2-26 – reception Sat Aug 5th 5-8PM (live music 6-8).

See our events calendar for more activities.

Featured Artist: Anita Freeman

Anita Freeman is the Featured Artist at the SAA Gallery July 2017

Gull by Anita Freeman

Capturing the many moods of the sea has always been a focus of Anita Freeman’s art. A native New Yorker, she has spent her adult life in New England pursuing several careers now living in Durham with landscape designer Phillip Albright.  In her oil paintings, she is drawn to the continuing variations of light temperature and movement of the ocean, at the same time striving to unify the images in approach, palette, and content.  Her work tends to be bold with strong contrast and color filled. She looks to color to express form and emotional tone. Studies of movement are represented by subject matter weather conditions and brush strokes.

Summer Shore by Anita Freeman

She is particularly inspired by Winslow Homer’s treatment of the sea and rocks, John Singer Sargent’s landscape paintings and Edward Hopper’s color palette and approach.  She admires each of these artists for their adventurous use of brilliant light to capture and illustrate the image, the day, and the mood.  As they especially teach, “You must paint the day you are in”.

Rolling In by Anita Freeman

She is a member of North Shore Atelier studying with nationally recognized artist, Lully Schwartz.

Breaking Wave #102 by Anita Freeman

She has exhibited at Newburyport Art Association Regional Juried Shows, Lowell’s Boat Shop Museum, SeArts at Bass Rock Golf Club, Gloucester, Provident Savings Bank, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, Seacoast Artists Association in Exeter NH,. Exeter Arts Committee, Exeter City Offices, Centennial Gallery Peabody  as these venues support her interest in maritime subjects and New England coastal themes. Her works are hung at Ross Furniture Company in Dover NH.

June 2017 Event Highlights

by Pat Boyd-Robertson

See our events calendar for more activities.

New Dimensions Introduced to SAA Gallery

New Dimensions Introduced to the SAA Gallery!

Though our lovely Gallery Shop offers a wide variety of items in many mediums, we are quite thrilled to also now be showcasing some 3 Dimensional pieces created by two of our newest members. Here are brief bios to entice you to come see for yourself, if you haven’t already…

Large Floor Vase, Turned Wood and Semi-precious Stone

Donald Briere of Brentwood is a master of the craft of wood turning. Through this time intensive technique, Don creates heirloom quality vases, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, wine glasses and more and has been awarded “Best in Show” at the nationally renowned Sunapee Craftsmen’s’ Fair. Though mainly composed of various woods, he also incorporates semi-precious stones adding a touch of color to some of his pieces. He welcomes visits and enjoys designing custom pieces.


Colin Ware has been making art of one kind or another his whole life. In his day job he designs computer graphics to display scientific data – it’s like painting data with colored light. One of his pieces is a computer animation of ocean currents displayed on a 6 ft. sphere in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He has also written two widely referenced books on perception and graphic design. A group of sculptures containing illusory contours was exhibited at the University of Toronto. Colin lives in Durham, paints in oils, and sculpts with a variety of materials. Recently, he has been making chickens, using chicken wire.

Featured Artist: Pat Boyd-Robertson

Photography and Digital Illusions by Patricia Boyd-Robertson of Exeter, NH

Daffodils by Pat Boyd-Robertson

As the artist featured in June, Boyd-Robertson will displaying works in photography and digital illusions. On Friday, June 2nd, a reception will be held from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery, 130 Water Street, Exeter.

by Pat Boyd-Robertson

DIVERSITY is the correct name I use for the art that I create. I find a subject that moves or strikes me on a personal level. I will then take some of the pictures and manipulate them through my computer until the feeling the image inspired in me is complete. Throughout this process, I am driven more by the emotional response the picture ignited than the do’s and don’ts of photography. There are some photos that I feel need no manipulation by me as they illicit thoughts, feelings and beauty just as they are. Therein lies the diversity. I sincerely hope that my images touch others.

Soothing by Pat Boyd-Robertson