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Paarlberg Smuttynose

Opening Reception: Bill Paarlberg: Smuttynose Watercolors and Drawings of 1980s Portsmouth

Kennedy Gallery and Custom Framing
41 Market St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Throughout the month of August, Kennedy Gallery will feature Bill Paarlberg’s original watercolor paintings of Smuttynose Island. As one of the Stewards of Smuttynose Island, Paarlberg lives and paints on the island for a week each year, capturing the colors and atmosphere of the Isles of Shoals. He says, “I love the ever-changing light and weather. Smuttynose has a cozy little harbor and beach, lots of rocks and poison ivy, and plenty of seagulls. As so many artists have discovered, there is something wonderful about the air and light there.”

Also on display will be original drawings and prints from 1980’s downtown Portsmouth. A prolific pen and ink artist, Paarlberg drew many of our beloved but now vanished local scenes. His iconic image of an enormous ape climbing Portsmouth’s North Church steeple first appeared on the cover of re:Ports Magazine. Since then he has produced several more in his Famous Monsters of Portsmouth series. This exhibit will introduce his newest monster creation – come see what he has discovered in Market Square!

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, August 3, from 5-8 pm in conjunction with the monthly Art Round Town Gallery Walk.