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Second Sunday: Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs by Marina Forbes

The Seacoast Artist Association presents
Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs
Interactive and beautifully illustrated
on Sunday, March 11th at 1:30pm
at the SAA Gallery (130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03883)

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated presentation Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs focusing on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program will feature a spectacular photo-tour of the Fabergé collection at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow and other world famous museums and private collectors around the world. Emphasis is on the important role of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. The fascinating history of these eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the years following the Revolution will also be discussed by presenter Marina Forbes.

Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and Culture as well as NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia. Marina has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages
through memorable and thought-provoking programs. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad…. but always unmistakably Russian.

For more info please call (603) 332-2255.

Winter Blues Award

Congratulations goes to Anita Freeman for being awarded Best of Show in the February “Winter Blues” theme show challenge. Her oil painting “Ice Storm” captures the feeling of winter and the mood an ice storm can create.

Come to our Exeter gallery to view this and many other art works.

Ice Storm by Anita Freeman

February Event Highlights

Grape Picking in the Vineyards by Doris Rice

 

Featured Artist: Doris Rice & her students

Doris Rice & twenty + of her students

With the Seacoast Artists Association

Invite you to join us for our Featured Artist’s Reception

When: Friday, January 5th, 4:00 p.m.to 7 p.m.

Where: SAA Gallery
130 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03883
Phone (603)778-8856

Watercolor Brave and Dramatic

Watercolor paintings can be strong with bold vivid color.
The key is controlling the water and letting the medium and paper help with the color!
The Exhibit will feature art of various subjects, sunsets, florals, landscapes, still life…..all featuring the drama of intense colors.
Nothing pale about these works!

Doris Rice is a well-known watercolor painter, exhibiting throughout the Seacoast. Her joy is to work plein air, outdoors, looking to capture the light and feelings of movement in her paintings.
She is depicting the place at that moment in time.
Rice teaches all levels of development to painters looking for guidance in watercolor as a medium.
Involved would be techniques as well as learning the technical aspects of painting.
“One can get lost in the happenings of the paint, water, paper, “says Rice. “Escape and have some FUN! “D

Winter Photographs by Tony Baldasaro and Dennis Skillman

Winter on the Squamscott by Tony Baldasaro

Winter is on at the Blue Moon! Come and enjoy the local winter photographs of Tony Baldasaro & Dennis Skillman. At the Blue Moon Evolution Restaurant, 8 Clifford St. Exeter, NH 03833 (603)778-6850. A reception will be held on Sunday January 21st 3:00 to 5:00. The show will run from December 1st to February 28th.

Winter Pasture, Kingston, NH by Dennis Skillman

January Event Highlights

 

Artist Spotlight: Debra Woodward

‘I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.”  ~Man Ray (1890-1976), American visual artist

A NH native, Debra Woodward has interested in fine art photography since she was a child.  In 2009 she began studying with Newburyport photographer Robert Chiller with a goal to master her SLR and also to learn what makes a good photograph as opposed to just a snapshot.  She began to understand the importance shadows and light and of working to get a good shot without depending on a lot of post manipulation.  On top of street shooting, Debra enjoys capturing musicians at work, café goers, horses jumping in the snow, even a couple weddings for close friends.  In the last few years Debra has been lucky to travel to France, Italy, Canada, and Santa Fe, and many of her recent photographs on display at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery were taken there as well as locally.

Peggy and Debra (artist photo for our “Café Life” show) by Jon Strymish

In 2017 Debra shared a successful exhibit entitled “Café Life” with NH oil painter Peg Murray at the NH Art Association; Debra’s dramatic black and white photography were a fine contrast and complement to Peggy’s colorful oil paintings.  Some of these photos are featured here:

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