May 2014

Nancy Morgan, Fabric Artist: June exibit in the Weston Gallery

Nancy MorganDuring the month of June, Nancy Morgan will be exhibiting her textured scenes of coastal life in our downstairs Weston Gallery. At first glance many viewers are hard pressed to believe that these images are created from bits of fabric and a variety of stitching techniques. We asked Nancy to share a little bit of how she creates these amazing photo-realistic works.

She replied that many of her pieces begin with a photograph she takes of local scenes. “The actual process is much the same as painting,” she says, “My sewing machine being my brush and my fabric and thread being my medium. Fabric is layered, stitched using the free motion technique, and the excess fabric cut away for each element of the piece, also known as raw edged appliqué. Thread and tulle (nylon net) are then sewn as shading or accents. My intent is to depict as much detail as possible using the medium of fabric, thread and tulle."

Morgan’s intimate acquaintance with fabric comes from the years that she has been sewing since she was a child. 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. 

Although self taught she has always had an interest in art and graphic design. Several years ago she was introduced to the technique of free style quilting and discovered a way of combining her sewing and artistic skills. Although she still uses the basic technique that she learned originally, “It has been through trial and error, and by studying many other fabric artists,” says Nancy, “that I have developed a style of my own.”

Born in Portsmouth, NH, Morgan has lived her entire life on the seacoast, currently residing in Portsmouth, NH and Shapleigh, ME.

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The Barbara London Jazz Trio - May 29 at 7:00PM

Barbara LondonPlease join us on Thursday May 29, at 7 PM in the downstairs Weston Gallery for a jazz concert featuring Hampton’s own Barbara London on flute, keyboard, and vocals, joined by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti.  The trio will play selections from Barbara’s new recording, Moonlight, as well as favorite jazz standards.  There will be a chance to meet the artists and a Q & A  opportunity.  Barbara’s new CD and watercolor cards will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London is an award-winning flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, artist, and educator. Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants, she has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster.

Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain.