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February Event Highlights

Iris by Doris Rice

See our events calendar for more activities.

Exhibit Wild with Color

Best of Show goes to “Sweet Sheep”, mixed media by Natalie Rotman Cote

Perhaps January is just about all the winter white you can take. Here’s your chance to make Old Man Winter do a little dance and show him your true colors. Visit the SAA Gallery in Exeter to view our local artists’ works in the Wild with Color theme show now January 29-February 24. We are holding a public reception for this lively exhibit Friday February 3rd from 4-7 PM.

People’s Choice to Julia Dugas for multi-media piece “Whiteness of a Different Color”

Valentine’s Sale

It is with love and gratitude towards our patrons and members, we at the Seacoast Artist Association Gallery will be holding a special Valentines Sale!

Beginning February 3rd at the
“Wild with Color” Reception
Through February 19th during
Doris Rice’s Students’ Show Reception
We are taking 10% off most hanging pieces throughout the gallery.

This is our gift to you for all the support and encouragement you’ve shown, allowing us to thrive in our new gallery.
Thank You and Happy Valentine’s Day
From all of us at SAA!!!

*note to those participating in the the Wild with Color Theme Show Challenge – This discount will apply to to those works as well, but will not affect your profit from a sale. The 10% is coming from the gallery’s commission. Thank you for participating in these wonderful shows!

January Event Highlights

Little Busker by Ellen Ryder Griffin
Best of Show for Black and White

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Debra Woodward: The Tuscan Laundry Series

by Debra Woodward

Debra Woodward, one of the SAA’s gallery artisans, presents a new series of photographs titled the “Tuscan Laundry” series in January. Meet her at the reception on Friday January 6th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Artist Statement

Now more than ever, with people in power who do not believe climate change is real, we have to take it upon ourselves to do what we can to protect our environment. Changes are already occurring to New England’s climate, including warmer winters, reduced snowfall, increased rainfall, rising sea level, and more severe weather events that increase the risk of flooding. This show depicts an example of the wonderful Italian culture and lifestyle which is so different for our own. 95% of homes in Italy do not use energy-sapping dryers where 85% of homes in the US do. I am using tree-friendly frames made from sustainable mocha bamboo. They are recyclable and have a Non-Toxic finish. All the elements are bio-degradable and the finish is water-based and free of harsh chemical solvents.

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SAA Awards Show

dsc06245Saturday November 19th is the last day to view the SAA Awards show at the Old Town Hall Gallery in Exeter, NH. Hours are Noon-4PM.

Congratulations to the winners:
Best of Show : Robert Steadman
1st: Maria Kay Simms
2nd: Barbara Clark
3rd: Charlene Yelle
Honorable Mention: Bill Childs, Pat Kennedy Corlin, Tony Baldasaro
People’s Choice: Sandra Chaisson

NH Open Doors

Downtown Exeter by Nancy Morgan

Downtown Exeter by Nancy Morgan


To celebrate NH Open Doors, the SAA is sponsoring the following events on Saturday and Sunday Nov 5-6 2016:

  • Fabric artist Nancy Morgan will be at the Gallery on Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 – she will bring small unframed examples of her art quilts and can explain the steps involved in creating them.
  • Artist Annick Bouvron-Gromek will be offering a informative and fun hands-on monotype demo Saturday 12:00 – 3:00 in the gallery.
  • Local photographer and NH native Debra Woodward, who is also one of our Seacoast Art Association Gallery Shop artisans, will be having a 25% off sale on all of her framed images that are IN STOCK during NH Open Doors weekend only! They include images of Santa Fe, Paris, and Tuscany. Buy that perfect holiday gift now or purchase something for your own wall! These photos are all custom framed. This sale will be that weekend ONLY. Debra will be stopping in at the gallery on Saturday at 3:00 so please come say hello!
  • Photographic artist Natalie Rotman Cote will be at the SAA Gallery Sunday 12:00 – 2:00 demonstrating photo effects using post-processing software such as Topaz Labs Glow, Texture, and Impressions.

All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00. The SAA also has an Awards show exhibition at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery next door – open 12:00 – 4:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Presentation: Kevin Talbot – Loons

by Kevin Talbot

by Kevin Talbot

NOVEMBER 13, 2:00 to 4:00: Nature Photographer Kevin Talbot will be showing his amazing loon photos upstairs in the old Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, just around the corner from the SAA Gallery. Elevator available at the side entrance.

“Choosing just 20 or so to show from the thousands of photos I took over a four month period last summer and fall has been a daunting task, but I hope those who travel to Exeter to see this presentation will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them!”

After an informative slide show and talk about Loons and their behavior, Talbot will give a short presentation in which he shows 20 slides and talks about each slide for 20 seconds. This is known as Pecha-Kucha style, a Japanese word for “Chit-Chat”. This style was invented to keep presentations short and to the point and has become quite popular around the world. We hope you can join us for this reception!

This event is open to the public and free to SAA members. Donations appreciated by non-members.