Portraying Portsmouth for 25 years


Local artist Don Gorvett, owner of Piscataqua Fine Arts in Portsmouth and Black Bear Fine Art in Ogunquit, is celebrating 25 years of art with an exhibit at Strawbery Banke Museum. Gorvett describes his process and inspirations for capturing Portsmouth scenes in woodcut prints and drawings.

Artist occupies historic site


Regional sculptor Amanda Sisk, the first-ever artist-in-residence at the historic Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, talks about her plans for historically-inspired art.

Art and skateboarding in Newmarket


Bubs Skateboard Shop in Newmarket is upholding the long tradition of uniting skateboarding and art with a one-night show featuring about a dozen artists on Saturday.

State of the arts in Portsmouth

News, Art

The good news: Portsmouth has a vibrant arts and cultural community that generates tens of millions of dollars in economic activity each year. The bad news: That money does not necessarily make it back to the local arts organizations or artists, who are finding it increasingly difficult to live and work in the Port City. That was the gist of Art-Speak’s State of the Arts presentation to the Portsmouth City Council on Monday.

Seacoast artist takes on how we dress

Art, Lifestyle

Seacoast photographer Nancy Grace Horton's new solo show, That's What She Said, opens on Friday, May 27, at Engine in Biddeford, Maine. The show is focused on gender roles and includes photos of local drag persona Bunny Wonderland.

Made in Chases Garage


After a winter’s worth of work, the gallery at Chases Garage in York, Maine, reveals unexpected connections among its artists. Although each studio is very different, common themes emerge when spaces and ideas are shared. Those themes are on display as the gallery kicks off its summer season with a new exhibit.

Planning stages

News, Art

When it comes to marketing itself as a destination, Portsmouth is one of the best, according to Scott Ruffner. It’s “up there with any city...

Art to the rescue


Todd Bonita's new gallery in Portsmouth opens with a benefit exhibit that's bringing the Seacoast arts community together.

Leap year


The ArtPM Challenge encourages everyone to make a piece of art during the month of February, and this year, participants put their heart into it.

Truth and beauty


Discovering Edmund Tarbell’s local history and living legacy Edmund Tarbell was studying the old masters in Paris when the new movement of Impressionism caught his...

Where the music is

Art, Music

Bob Nilson has always been drawing. The 83-year-old Portsmouth artist says the joke in his family was that he was “born with an in-grown pencil.”...

Lost neighborhood

News, Art

Jim Splaine remembers the first time he saw his father cry. It was July 11, 1966, a Monday night, and Splaine and his family were...

Larger than life


It’s not apparent, at first, that the artist walked on the painting or that he encouraged people to throw things at it. The first thing...

On the mark


Portsmouth is a city of dichotomies. Art-Speak board member Duncan Craig recently described it as follows: “One of the great things about Portsmouth is this...

One on one


Back in 2003, Seacoast photographer Roger Goun began taking photos at presidential campaign events. It was standard stuff, Goun says — photos of candidates at...

Making change


Posters are accessible and ubiquitous, more likely seen in a dorm room or alleyway than in an art gallery. But therein lies the potential. An...

Welcome home


Mainers Orson Horchler’s street art is short-lived, but not shortsighted. His latest project, called “Mainers,” is a series of portraits featuring a diverse group of...

Getting crafty


by Beth LaMontagne Hall It was about seven years ago when Portsmouth jewelry maker Megan Stelzer and Dover artist Jocelyn Toffic came up with the...