The new art show at the N. W. Barrett Gallery in Portsmouth opens on Friday, May 4, 2018, and features regional artists working in oils, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics. The artists include:
Christine Bodnar, originally from Michigan, has studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and she earned Master Circle Membership from the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2011. Her paintings “are inspired by how light sets the drama of color, shadow, and the rhythm in a composition.”
Jim Earl has a background in industrial design, and has both taught and worked in interior design and architectural illustration. His memberships include the New England Watercolor society and the American Watercolor Society. Painting for Jim “is a way of understanding a landscape or object and the subtle nuances of color and light.”
Mary Ann Eldred has lived in New England for more than forty years. New England’s peaceful landscapes provide her “the opportunity to use the lush colors of the pastel medium to convey their beauty.” Mary Ann layers pastels on either sanded paper, panels, or prepared sanded boards, starting with hard pastels and then soft.
Claudette Gamache, a registered nurse, has painted since she was nine. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters of Maine, and the Connecticut Pastel Society; and is a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. In her painting, “I want to capture the essence of nature, which I believe can be healing both to myself, the painter, and to the viewer.”
William Gotha has been painting all his life, but began painting professionally in 2014. He specializes in New England landscapes and seascapes; his favorite medium is oil paint. A former naval officer, he has studied painting at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, MA.
Madeleine Hopkins, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has been a painter all her life. Painting both in her studio and en plein air, she works in different mediums—oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel—and paints primarily landscapes. “My work reflects the continuous evolutions of light and mood, and offers my perspective on ‘place.’”
Caren-Marie Michel lives in Maine and is a dedicated plein air painter. “Painting plein air can be intensely quiet; time is marked only by the shifting light and clouds on the mountain or by the crashing waves at the shore, or loud and scary noises by the side of a busy road.” She has had numerous solo exhibitions as well as participating in juried shows.
Ann M. Musto began studying art after retiring in 2001 from her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Working in oil and watercolor, she has developed her art through local education and visiting artists’ workshop, as well as self-study. Her work has been displayed in numerous juried shows in New England and New York, and has won several awards.
Paul J. Noël has studied locally with several well-known artists. In 2007, he spent four months at the Academie de Port Royal in Paris, where he was awarded a Special Judges Award. He has exhibited in juried shows in Kennebunk and Newburyport, and with the Guild of Boston Artists’ juried invitational show.
Lisa Regopoulos has won many awards in juried national shows and international exhibitions for pastels only. She is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Pastel Painters of Maine. Lisa’s representational style of painting has evolved over the years through “perseverance, teaching, and mostly from just showing up at my easel.”
Donna Rossetti-Bailey has been teaching art for more than forty years, since graduating from Boston University’s School of Fine Art. She has won numerous awards for her soft pastel paintings and is a member of several local and national art associations. The main focus of her pastel paintings has always been the landscape. “It is a joy to express how I see and what I feel when I bring a painting to life.”
Monique Sakellarios is an internationally recognized and collected impressionist artist. She has been painting professionally for thirty years after being schooled at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art and the American University, both located in Cairo, Egypt. She has won multiple awards, including the Founders Award—Best of Show from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.
The show continues through Sunday, June 17, 2018, in the Upstairs Gallery at the N. W. Barrett Gallery, 53 Market Street, Portsmouth NH. Store hours are 10:00-5:30 Monday through Saturday, and 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. For more information, call 603-431-4262.