DOVER – The New Hampshire Art Association, headquartered in Portsmouth, has partnered with The Art Center, owned by artist Rebecca Proctor, located in the Washington Mill in Dover.
Painter William Turner will be the first NHAA artist to exhibit in January and February 2022 at the Art Center.
The Art Center is a creative community with over 6,000 square feet of space that includes 10 artist studios, a rotating artist-in-residence studio, studio space, music stage, theatrical performances and poetry readings; and a large exhibition space for a variety of exhibitions and art exhibitions.
The Art Center has a new additional space dedicated to the art of engraving. Their newly acquired printing press and space will offer art students in the community, as well as established artists, workshops for learning opportunities and residency programs.
âBesides being a beautiful space with high ceilings and an industrial chic vibe, owner Rebecca Proctor is one of the hardest working allies I know,â said Amanda Kidd Schall, NHAA Gallery Director . “She has created a vibrant community in Dover and we are seeing the fruits of her labor as new galleries appear left and right in this growing city.”
Proctor said she has been considering a partnership with the NHAA for some time.
âNow it seems the time has come for the relationship with them and their artists to collaborate with The Art Center because we have so many opportunities that artists can take advantage of,â she said. âOur exhibits, our printmaking studio, our artist-in-residence programs are all eye-catching and even won a New Hampshire state award for Microenterprise Business of the Year.â
The gentrification of Dover had brought the arts to the fore, Proctor added.
âEven the city of Dover won an NH Art Council award for the arts this year,â she said. âSo Dover is a destination for the arts now. New galleries are opening here in Dover, which directly reflects the demographics that are settling in the city.
Turner’s inaugural partnership between the two organizations is an exhibit titled âVehicle Storiesâ.
Turner is a professional artist in the genre of narrative realism using oils. After retiring from a 30 year career in automotive restoration, he decided to pursue the dream of his life and devote himself to drawing and painting, earning a BFA and an MFA in Visual Arts-Painting.
For nine years, Turner taught drawing and art history at Manchester Community College and currently volunteers at the VA Center in Manchester to teach drawing and painting to veterans. He is best known for painting old vehicles in distress.
Turner’s works have received awards in national jury competitions such as Allied Artists of America, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and the Copley Society of Art, Boston. He is also a member of the jury of the International Realism Guild.
His exhibit, along with all of the works for sale, can also be viewed on the NHAA website at www.nhartassociation.org.
âI’m thrilled to be working with the NH Art Association as it opens the Art Center to showcase the work of Seacoast’s even more wonderfully talented artists,â said Proctor. âIn addition, the art exhibitions at the Art Center now attract artists from all over the world.â
What: âVehicular Narrativesâ, an exhibition of paintings by NH Art Association member artist William Turner
Where: The Art Center, 1 Washington St., Suite 1177, Dover, NH, and online at nhartassociation.org
When: The online gallery will open January 1, 2022. Turner’s exhibition as well as a separate print exhibit will run from January 10 to February 28. The art center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private appointments are also available by calling 603-978-6702.
More Information: Visit nhartassociation.org or theartcenterdover.com for more information.