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Featured Artist: John Baumann


As the artist featured in September, John W. Baumann of Exeter, NH will be displaying works in digital photography. Attend the artist reception for John on Sep 8th 2017, from 4-7 pm at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery, 130 Water Street, Exeter. John’s seascapes, landscapes and fine art photography expresses a sense of historical narrative, but with the strength of abstract compositions.
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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: 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.