EXETER – The Seacoast Artist Association means “Community” to its members. Nothing illustrated this better than the surprise party that its board of directors and members of the suspended gallery organized on Christmas Day to celebrate the retirement of long-time manager Annick Bouvron-Gromek.
What started as donations for gardening gift certificates turned into a surprise party at the gallery an hour before closing. A larger-than-expected masked crowd showed up for the opening of the presents and champagne toast. Fortunately, Bouvron-Gromek remains a member of the gallery and will now have more time not only to garden, but to create his masterful monotypes. It was a happy end to a difficult year for many.
“Annick’s reception was so beautiful,” commented gallery artist and scholarship committee co-chair Stephanie Williams. “It really filled my heart to be surrounded by so many caring people. Being part of this wonderful group of people has really helped me through the past couple of years.
During the month of January, the gallery will open by appointment only, by sending an email to [email protected] It has been a successful holiday season, and members will use this time to keep creating.
Lots of excitement builds about February. The hugely popular monthly Body of Work series which features two artists with solo exhibitions, is complete for 2022, and in February will feature the very first solo exhibition by a local artist and the other a show by an experienced artist well known in NH. . Both shows stress the need to protect our planet.
Kerri Grant, originally from Portsmouth, is a chiropractor and energy healer. Her exhibition of acrylics, watercolors and inks entitled “Rise of the Sacred Feminine: Women from around the World” is inspired by her many travels in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. “My inspiration for painting comes from my Arab and European ancestors, my love of nature, travel and culture, my healing and dreamlike approach to life. I have a propensity to capture the sacred feminine, which truly embodies the gentle and loving qualities of a mother. Now more than ever, the planet is in great need of motherly love, thus raising the vibration of the individual mentality to the unity of Sacred Humanity.
“We all share the same tune on this precious planet,” painter Maryclare Heffernan de Candia says of her show “This Love of Ours”. “The only planetary space we have; at least for now. It’s up to us to take care and protect against further damage. The bushy tit in the spruce, the moles burrowing under the herb garden, the owls in the oaks that call us at night, will thank us all. Even if they don’t know it’s us. We will find out. Heffernan is a much sought-after SAA Gallery artist whose main inspiration has come from travel and painting with her two sisters Michele and Karen. See their work on threesistersfineart.com.
In addition to the five rotating works of art from each of its 29 gallery artists, the SAA also offers a monthly thematic exhibition that is open to its regular members as well as non-members. The February Valentine’s Day inspired theme is ‘Let Me Show You What I Love’. The rules and registration form for the thematic exhibition are available on seacoastartist.org, and the return is scheduled for Saturday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the gallery reopens. It is a time when many take the opportunity to join the Association. The gallery will be full of unique original artwork, Valentine’s Day gifts and cards for loved ones.
The SAA also presents its winter art exhibit at the Exeter Inn. The show runs until April 5. This season’s artists include Barbara Adams, Valerie Allen, David Blomquist, Bill Childs, Jane Copp, Anita Freeman, Dannielle Genovese, Sue Hennigan, Sarah Oppenheimer, Doris Rice, Martha Rives, Jim Ryan, Cheryl Sager, Sarah Tambling, Phyllis Tracy , Debra Woodward and Charlene Yelle.
The SAA scholarship committee is again working with local public high school teachers and guidance counselors as they select their applicants for the annual scholarships awarded to seniors continuing their art studies in college or college. ‘university. Donations are welcome by sending a check to SAA, 130 Water St, Exeter, NH 03833 or by depositing it when the gallery reopens. As of January 29, the gallery’s opening hours return Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free in Exeter. Updates are on the organization’s Facebook page.