Category: Art Girl

“At Large” – Women’s Caucus Show

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer A spectacular show of large artworks is on display at the Gateway Gallery at Great Bay Community College at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth now through March 26. The gallery serves as the entryway to the college complex. This is a juried show and 16 selections were chosen

Altered Book Art – Art & Recycling Join Forces

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer   Having taught art to all ages for decades, I have dabbled in just about every art medium that exists. Then came the idea of altering discarded books – along with a deluge of “how to” books on the subject. It seemed interesting enough so I gave it a

Elaine Morrison – Art with Empathy

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer There are many reasons for art making. Inspiration may come from an intellectual or aesthetic impulse. The work may be utilitarian or conceptual. For others, making art is simply for the joy of creating. For Elaine Morrison, artmaking is a journey of empathy for others. Elaine shares her caring

Your Art Collection – Yes, YOURS!!!

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer In a previous column, I shared my thoughts on the mistaken idea that collecting art is only for the super-rich. It is true that there are wealthy individuals who attend high end auctions to spend millions for art. Yet that is only one scenario. There are many more individuals

Jay Fitzpatrick – The Science & Art of Photography

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer The amazing photography of Jay Fitzpatrick is a combination of vision, science and a collaboration with nature. His work in photography is also a revisiting of a skill that lay dormant for many years. It started decades ago while in college. Jay was the photographer for the school newspaper

Sympatico – Two Like Minded Artists

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer There is a new show at The Studio in Laconia running now through March 19. Two artists will be sharing their creative pursuits and you will not be disappointed. The artists are Carole Groenke and Cilla Sheehan. Their artworks are similar in their capacity to develop compositions that give

Jean V. Kennedy – Capturing the Essence

I love Jean’s iris watercolor painting. Ethereal, fluid and exquisitely composed, Jean has a way of rendering the essence of each subject that she tackles. The iris is my favorite flower and Jean nailed this subject!

Sharon Zimmerman – All Art, All Media

I have to admit, I love art that pushes the limits and challenges me intellectually. Case in point, check out this week’s artist, Sharon Zimmerman, who exhibits at the Lakes Region Art Association gallery at Tanger Outlets in Tilton. Classically trained, Sharon Zimmerman is a painter who works in collage, in fabric and more. She

Anyone who has been following the artists of LRAA will agree that they are an integral part of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. From featured artists at local businesses to gallery shows to training by guest artists at meetings, LRAA is thriving and growing. The latest LRAA news is a phenomenal art gallery at

James Fortune – Retrospective at Plymouth State University

The Fortune retrospective is a “not to miss” show about a brilliant mind and a professor of art who inspired generations of young artist/art educators. I was one of those young artist/educators and a malleable one at that. Professor Fortune had a profound effect on me and was inspirational to all my fellow students.

Arthur Mazmanian – Early Inspirations

If you are fortunate enough to have found you life’s work, your bliss, the reason you are here on this great planet, you will understand my interest in the late artist, Arthur Mazmanian. My memories of the artist come from my childhood. The artist and my father were friends. Both died young. They met while

Lakes Region Art Association at Vynnart in Meredith

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer Seventy five years, 56 artists and 100 paintings! The Lakes Region Art Association show at Vynnart in Meredith offers a wide variety of artistic style and medium, subject and approach. Located between the shops at Mills Falls and Main Street, the “Art Show” signs will lead you to an

Bill Bernsen – Found Object Art & Assemblages

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer A few months ago, I made a visit to the home gallery of Bill Bernsen. You can’t miss it – sculptures indoors and out. A plethora of repurposed metals – sometimes somewhat representational and others more ethereal. There is much to see and I can assure you that something

P.M. Hodder – A Discerning Eye

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer Collecting art might sound intimidating to some. However, including art in one’s life and environs adds a personalized aesthetic to living each and every day. Need some direction? If so, I have someone to introduce to you.

Donna Catanzaro – Consequential Merriment

  By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer I encourage you to visit the WCA/NH show in Plymouth at Pease Public Library– a celebration of 20 years for the Women’s Caucus for Art N.H. chapter. The show will be up through April 30 and is worth the ride to Plymouth to see it.