Weston Gallery

Artist Peg Duffin exhibits "Spirit of the Seashore" in December

Peg DuffinLocal watercolor artist Peg Duffin will be exhibiting a collection of paintings entitled Spirit of the Seashore in the downstairs Weston Gallery from December 7th through the end of the month.  Peg has been a member of Seacoast Art Association for over 20 years, is a founding member of the Hampton Art Network and has been involved in networking and outreach for the arts in Hampton.

Peg operates her gallery Art and Soul as well as teaches watercolor techniques from her home in Hampton, and her art has been published and used several times for local fundraisers.  Her painting Blue Door for example, has been used several times by Exeter Hospital Oncology Dept as both the cover to their fundraiser calendar and for the Center of Cancer Care patient handbook in 2007. The painting also appeared in the Northeast Cancer Newsletter in New Hampshire in that same year.   Most recently her work has been used for The Seacoast Youth Services winter and spring fundraisers as well as several calendars benefiting the Families First organization.

When people comment about her particular style, Peg will often respond that although she has been influenced by many talented master artists, her watercolors have a serenity that reflects both her love of the subject and the support she has received over the years from friends and family.  Her work has been on exhibit at the Gallery of Great Bay Community College as well as many local shops and venues.

We asked Peg for some thoughts on her upcoming show at the library and she replied “As I was preparing Spirit of the Seashore, I thought of how many blessings there are, living near the shore. This has been our retirement environment, and my playground of amusement – there is so much to see and to paint!  The birds, the ocean, the beach scenes, the lighthouses that adorn the coastlines of New England. These and so many other gifts are part of living along the shoreline.  I hope visitors to the show enjoy these original watercolors as much as I did creating them, finding the scenes and putting them into a composed image of what my eye could see, and my heart wanted the viewer to see.”

Peg will host an artist reception and talk about her work at the Lane Library on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited.

Artist Rob Franco "The Assateague Ponies" - Weston Gallery

Rob Franco "Circle of Life"This November we welcome artist Rob Franco to the Weston Gallery as he exibits his show The Wild Ponies of Assateague, a series of oil paintings that capture the lives of one of the last remaining band of wild ponies in America.  Rob will host a reception for the public as well as talk about his visits to Assateague Island on Saturday, November 12 at 2;30 in the afternoon.  The talk is open to all, and light refreshements will be provided.

We asked Rob to tell us a little more about his work, and he replied, "My first visit to Assateague Island National Seashore in coastal Maryland to see the wild ponies was a truly emotional and inspiring experience.The Ponies have lived on this barrier island, wild and free of human intervention since the 1700's.  Their development of short legs has allowed them to navigate the sand dunes and salt marshes while the bloated bellies are a result of foraging on salt grasses, poison ivy and other island vegetation. Many return visits allowed me to study and capture the intimate moments and interactions of these beautiful and wild creatures.  One particular family band consisting of a six week old filly foal, her mother and father and three additional mares, are the inspiration of this body of work. Following the foal's growth over the past three years has been very rewarding.  Watching her learn to forage the dunes and marshes, preparing for the harsh winters and running on the beach to escape the biting flies of summer propelled me to capture these special moments on canvas.  Now she is grown and is with a new band led by a young stallion and preparing to have foals of her own. The Circle of Life continues."

"My Book Covers" - Weston Gallery, August 2015

“My Book Covers,” a creative challenge for the photographers of All About Paper Photo Enthusiasts Group, will be shown in our Weston Gallery at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.

The photographers created three book covers with their photos, adding a title and their name to each photo as if they were real books. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 for members of the public to meet and greet the creative minds behind this fun project.

Come out and meet the photographers, ask questions and get inspired. The event is free and open to all. Please contact Catherine Pagano at 603-380-3702 for information about AAPPEG.

Muriel Angelil - "A Childhood in Alexandria" - Weston Gallery

In close embraceMake plans to join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM for an evening of poetry readings and discussion with Muriel Angelil, our current artist exhibiting in the Weston Gallery.  Currently living in Amesbury, MA, Muriel Angelil started to write in the 1980’s encouraged by her late husband Joseph Godwin who also was a writer. She has written poetry, children’s stories, a journal and technical articles on Expressive Art Therapy. As a way to understand her own life's journey, Angelil published a memoir Back to the Past, A Daughter of the Nile which described her life in Alexandria, Egypt and her reasons for leaving and settling in the USA.

Recently she started to attend an Open Mic in Newburyport and her journey as a poet was launched. In a year, she has written over one hundred poems describing her relationships with family members, lovers and friends and her personal thoughts on death, love, dance and travels.

Muriel Angelil is also an artist and has been exhibiting her paintings, monotypes and sculptures for the last thirty years. Her artworks show abstracted figurative shapes inspired by her life: including dancers, horses, little girls, women, and men.  Other works are simply abstracts inspired by her love of music and especially jazz. Fluid strokes and color are predominant in her abstract and encaustic (wax) paintings, serving to  express visually a world of action and mystery.  In her monotypes one can see a bold graphic quality a simple use of color and a fluidity of expression.

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John LeCours - "Homeward Bound" - Weston Gallery

John LeCours is a New Hampshire based painter who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  John takes inspiration from the natural beauty of his native new England and often takes Master classes to improve his craft and learn new techniques.  John most often works in oils and acrylic.

His central goal in painting is to create beautiful imagery.  John's creative process centers on a direct spiritual response to nature in the tradition of George Inness, JMW Turner and in harmony with the essays and ideas of Henry David Thoreau.

When he is not painting, John works as a Project Manager at Applied Graphics in Amesbury, MA.  He lives in Danville, NH.

We invite the public to welcom John and learn more about his work at a reception in his honor on Saturday, December 20th at 3 PM.

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Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Artist Jean Roughan: "Favorite Places" - September 2014, Weston Gallery

The library will be exhibiting the works of Dover artist Jean Roughan in our Weston Gallery during the month of September.  Jean's primary interest is in plein air landscapes in oil, but she also enjoys still life and portraits. Her paintings are currently in private collections throughout the United States and Canada, as well as at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Jean is a past member of various local art associations, including Seacoast Art Association, Newburyport Art Association, Ocean City Art League, MD. And is currently a member of Great Bay Art Association.  We will host an artist reception at the library on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome.

We asked Jean to tell us a little about her work:

Artist Jean Roughan"I became serious about my painting when my husband and I retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I studied with several well-known local artists. I began seeing the beauty of the marshes and waters of the shore, learning to 'see' with an artist's eye. I noticed glorious splashes of color in unexpected places: puddles, patches of pavement, sand and water, dark stands of trees. My vision expanded when I began painting 'en plein air' and my soul was stirred by the beauty of foggy, cold days at the shore and quiet mornings in the marshes.

Here in New England the colors are more vibrant. I love to paint near the ocean and especially enjoy adding figures to a landscape or including quaint buildings. I have learned much from local artists here in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most of my work is of local landscapes, painted on site or in my home studio. I am currently painting places and people I have seen while travelling as well. I also do still life and portrait work. Capturing the essence of a person creates a special bond with them and with my own humanity.

My painting experiences have helped me deal with life's challenges, including surviving cancer. When someone is moved by one of my paintings, perhaps reminded of a location or a quiet day enjoying nature, I feel honored to be able to share how I see the world around me and how I feel when I am painting it."

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Photo Enthusiast's Group Show with Reception - Weston Gallery, August 2014

The All About Paper photo enthusiast group will be exhibiting their work at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.  8 members have chosen a collection of their favorite selections in response to the challenge "My Favorite Subject Matter or Technique Is ...".  A reception and 'Meet and Greet' is planned for the evening of Wednesday, August 6th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Come out and meet the photographers, learn about the group and their monthly challenges, take a look through the member photo albums, ask questions, and get inspired for your own photography!

More information about the monthly challenges is available at www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com.

"Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography", July 9th at 6:30 PM

We welcome photographer Adam Woodworth to the Weston Gallery as our July artist.  He has mastered the amazing art of blending beautiful night skies with striking landscape compositions to produce etheral and almost surreal images.  Adam will also present an illustrated lecture on how he makes the magic, free and open to the public on Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 PM

Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography will take you on a night time journey across locations in Northern New England with a couple stops in New Brunswick and Quebec.  Adam will look at landscape photos that feature the galactic center of the Milky Way and discuss the stories and techniques behind the photos.

Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer.  He is originally from Kittery, Maine, and now resides in Rye, New Hampshire.  He has had a love of photography for over 15 years, and since 2008 he has focused on landscape photography.

His goal as a photographer is to create compelling images using high quality tools and techniques.  His attention to detail as a long time computer programmer is not lost in his photography and fine art printing.
He often strives to produce images that capture the beauty of nature, but he also uses special techniques to create images that often times look otherworldly.

Adam can frequently be found wandering around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the seacoasts of Maine and New Hampshire, or other beautiful areas of New England.

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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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