Artists reflect on ‘Live Free or Die’ motto

April 12. 2017 12:58PM
“Blue Hands‚“ by Tanya Fletcher of Saco, Maine, is one of 52 works of art in the 31st annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy gallery in Portsmouth. Fletcher’s piece is a 17-inch by 21-inch mixed-media work done in oil and sterling silver on birch and framed under textured, colored glass. 

PORTSMOUTH — The theme of the New Hampshire Art Association’s 31st annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition is “Live Free or Die: Art is Expression.”

To run through April 29 at the association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., the showing finds artists reflecting on the state’s motto with works ranging from playful to political and representational to abstract.

Of the 248 individual entries submitted, juror Gordon Dearborn Wilkins (who joined the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., as an assistant curator for exhibitions and research in 2015) selected 52 works for inclusion. One such piece is a 30-inch by 40-inch mixed-media piece done in acrylic, oil, graphite and rubber, titled “Inauguration Day 1.20.2017,” by Barbara Mata of Newmarket.

“Created two weeks prior to the Inauguration, my painting attempts to capture the culmination of a cataclysmic rift between American political ideologies, which will forever be etched in history,” said Mata, a four-year member of NHAA.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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