“Side-by-Side” is a beautiful exhibit of works by Shawn Pelech and JoAnn Portalupi in the Morgan Gallery at the Kittery Community Center. This exhibit will be shown June through September. The public is invited to an Opening Reception with refreshments on Wednesday, June 6th at 5:30pm. Come hear the artists talk about their works and their process.
Painting can be a solitary endeavour. But even the most solitary endeavour occurs within a context. When two painters work side-by-side over a period of years, that context includes critiques, conversations, and shared arts experience that build a rich sensibility that can trickle into the work at hand.
In such fashion, Shawn Pelech and JoAnn Portalupi have set their easels side-by-side as plein air painters along the eastern coast from Lubec, Maine to Key West, Florida. Likewise, they set painting challenges for themselves inside each other’s studios. Painting is sometimes a struggle; in these moments they offer one another positive suggestions or constructive comments. Often, a trip to a gallery or museum will inspire insight and spark a new creative project. They feel fortunate to have a shared passion for the work. It fuels their connection with nature, with life, with one another and helps each grow as a solitary painter.
Shawn Pelech lives in Portsmouth, NH. She taught art in the public schools, including three years in the Frisbee School, which now has become the Kittery Community Center. Since retiring from public education, Shawn continues to teach painting to adults in her studio, and spends most of her time making art.
JoAnn Portalupi is a painter from Lee, NH. She wrote and taught for years providing staff development to teachers across the country in the area of writing instruction. She began painting – and being a student of painting – in earnest in 2000, and has transitioned from teaching to painting full time.
JoAnn and Shawn’s work has been displayed singularly, and together, at various galleries throughout the Seacoast area and in Lubec, Maine. They are both juried members of the New Hampshire Art Association.
The Morgan Gallery, at the Kittery Community Center, is made possible through a generous donation by the Morgan Family of Kittery, ME. The gallery space is prominently located by the STAR THEATRE and provides a new venue for showcasing works by visual artists. The KCC Visual Arts Committee is responsible for curating the programming and schedules an ongoing series of art exhibits to showcase visual artists. Professional artists are encouraged to submit works for review for future exhibits. All works are reviewed and juried by the Visual Arts Committee.
This gallery is free and open to the public during KCC business hours and also open during performances in the STAR Theatre. The Morgan Gallery is located in the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. For more information on the gallery and hours, please visit www.kitterycommunitycenter.org or call 207-439-3800.