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NH Art Association hosts members’ exhibit with a nod to Halloween

PORTSMOUTH – “Light and Dark”, a dichotomy as old as time. This is the theme of the exhibit by members of the New Hampshire Art Association in October at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, what is illuminated and what hides in the shadows? Artists present black and white, grayscale, high contrast, macabre and spooky works in all mediums. They will also provide descriptions of how their work fits into this theme which will be featured with their pieces in the exhibition.

With a nod to Halloween, the show will have some fun additions to its opening reception as the NHAA teams up with community businesses.

This is the second annual NHAA Black and White Gala in the Main Gallery for the Dark and Light II opening on Friday, October 7, from 5-8 p.m.

The Portsmouth Brewery will serve catering, including some of their dark and light ales. There will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses.

“We encourage fun and creative (think vintage) black and white dressing,” said NHAA General Manager Amanda Kidd-Kestler. “There will be a best-dressed contest with prizes awarded by Cotillion Bureau and Hello Again, local vintage shops.”

Music will be provided by Planet Parlor (Vt. and NH) and Sam Nordlinger (NYC). Links to their music at: planetparlor.bandcamp.com/album/planet-parlor, samnordlinger.bandcamp.com/.

For the second year, the window of the Levy Gallery will be decorated throughout the duration of the fair.

NHAA artist Elizabeth Pieroni Schulte’s design concept, “Reemergence,” was chosen for this year’s exhibit. She is the owner of the Mosaic Art Collective in Manchester, a cooperative art studio and gallery.

“‘Reemergence’ is a metaphor for the healing journey,” Schulte said.

The suspended light sculpture will take on the form of a familiar but abstract cocoon on a human scale.

“Just as the caterpillar sheds its skin and descends into the cocoon, its cells begin to self-destruct and turn into soup, only to be rearranged into a whole new creature that emerges like a moth or butterfly,” said Schulte. “Life as we know it has changed – we all carry the weight of collective trauma for the world, but for the world to complete its transformation, we must all let go in order to become something new.”