Weston Gallery

"Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography", July 9th at 6:30 PM

We welcome photographer Adam Woodworth to the Weston Gallery as our July artist.  He has mastered the amazing art of blending beautiful night skies with striking landscape compositions to produce etheral and almost surreal images.  Adam will also present an illustrated lecture on how he makes the magic, free and open to the public on Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 PM

Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography will take you on a night time journey across locations in Northern New England with a couple stops in New Brunswick and Quebec.  Adam will look at landscape photos that feature the galactic center of the Milky Way and discuss the stories and techniques behind the photos.

Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer.  He is originally from Kittery, Maine, and now resides in Rye, New Hampshire.  He has had a love of photography for over 15 years, and since 2008 he has focused on landscape photography.

His goal as a photographer is to create compelling images using high quality tools and techniques.  His attention to detail as a long time computer programmer is not lost in his photography and fine art printing.
He often strives to produce images that capture the beauty of nature, but he also uses special techniques to create images that often times look otherworldly.

Adam can frequently be found wandering around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the seacoasts of Maine and New Hampshire, or other beautiful areas of New England.

Boulder Beach and Otter CliffsThunder HoleCovered BridgeWest Quoddy Head

Nancy Morgan, Fabric Artist: June exibit in the Weston Gallery

Nancy MorganDuring the month of June, Nancy Morgan will be exhibiting her textured scenes of coastal life in our downstairs Weston Gallery. At first glance many viewers are hard pressed to believe that these images are created from bits of fabric and a variety of stitching techniques. We asked Nancy to share a little bit of how she creates these amazing photo-realistic works.

She replied that many of her pieces begin with a photograph she takes of local scenes. “The actual process is much the same as painting,” she says, “My sewing machine being my brush and my fabric and thread being my medium. Fabric is layered, stitched using the free motion technique, and the excess fabric cut away for each element of the piece, also known as raw edged appliqué. Thread and tulle (nylon net) are then sewn as shading or accents. My intent is to depict as much detail as possible using the medium of fabric, thread and tulle."

Morgan’s intimate acquaintance with fabric comes from the years that she has been sewing since she was a child. Her very early love of dancing, which continued through adulthood when she studied dance at Adelphi University, resulted in many hours spent at the sewing machine to fashion costumes. 

Although self taught she has always had an interest in art and graphic design. Several years ago she was introduced to the technique of free style quilting and discovered a way of combining her sewing and artistic skills. Although she still uses the basic technique that she learned originally, “It has been through trial and error, and by studying many other fabric artists,” says Nancy, “that I have developed a style of my own.”

Born in Portsmouth, NH, Morgan has lived her entire life on the seacoast, currently residing in Portsmouth, NH and Shapleigh, ME.

"Summer in the square"Tyrant

The Barbara London Jazz Trio - May 29 at 7:00PM

Barbara LondonPlease join us on Thursday May 29, at 7 PM in the downstairs Weston Gallery for a jazz concert featuring Hampton’s own Barbara London on flute, keyboard, and vocals, joined by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti.  The trio will play selections from Barbara’s new recording, Moonlight, as well as favorite jazz standards.  There will be a chance to meet the artists and a Q & A  opportunity.  Barbara’s new CD and watercolor cards will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London is an award-winning flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, artist, and educator. Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants, she has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster.

Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain.

Istanbul picture exchange in May - Weston Gallery

Child at vendor stallIn May 2014 the Lane Library will host a picture exchange with a photo group based in Istanbul Turkey entitled Large City Small Town: We all walk in the same world.  A library in Turkey will host pictures from a Hampton photo group in their gallery space as well, providing patrons of each library with a glimpse into the daily lives of people halfway around the globe.  The brainchild of Katharine Harake, who lives in both worlds, the photo exchange is facilitated by Karen Raynes, who collected and mounted the photos of Hampton and Istanbul for display in the library. 

The idea took off when Katharine started thinking about her early life in Hampton.  "I benefited greatly from growing up in a town like Hampton with such a great library and was curious why libraries are not as prevalent in Turkey, where I have lived for nearly 20 years.

I visited an award winning library in Istanbul last year called Turabibaba, and was very impressed by their efforts to improve the reading culture in their neighborhood. Their director, Mustafa Erdem, uses innovative programs like speed reading classes and youth activities to bring readers through the door.   I told him about life in Hampton and the library, and he suggested some type of cultural exchange to help raise awareness.  We decided on a photo exhibit showing pictures of Hampton and Istanbul, taken by photograph enthusiasts such as Karen and the others in her group. Most of the photos in Istanbul are taken by members of the photo club of an expat group called International Women of Istanbul  headed by an English expat ( and very talented photographer) named Julia Cooke. She has been an invaluable help in putting this exhibit together.

Turkish people often ask me what life is like in Hampton, and people in Hampton are equally curious about my life in Istanbul. These pictures give a glimpse into both worlds, and while viewers can make their own judgements I ultimately hope it will spark the same curiosity that motivated me to learn about the world - with the help of their local library."

Katherine will be here to talk about her experiences in Turkey on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited, with light refreshments provided by the Library.  In addition to images by Karen, photographs of life in Hampton are kindly provided by Christina Kraich-Rogers, John Gebhart, Marcia Hannon-Buber and Darrell Eifert.

Audrey Covert Watercolors - Weston Gallery, April 2014

Audrey CovertThis month we welcome Dover artist Audrey Covert to the Weston Gallery.  Audrey enjoys water color painting and finds children's toys to be great subjects for her art work, specifically many of her granddaughter's toys, which she finds interesting and inspiring.  Audrey took several art classes at the University of New Hampshire where she was able to work closely with many talented instructors.  Audrey's favorite painting is of the Portsmouth Lighthouse.

The library will host a "meet and greet" reception for Audrey in the Lane Room Weston Gallery on Monday, April 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  All are welcome!

"Four Views, Four Seasons" - Weston Gallery, March 2014

BlueberriesIn 2004 four friends and artists - Patricia Crowley of Windham, Corinne Dodge, Judy Krassowski and Ingeborg V. Seaboyer of Derry - presented an art exhibit at the Massabesic Audubon Center which drew inspiration from the seasonal variety of New England, and highlighted their individual work in Oils, Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Photography and Mixed Media.  Ten years later, with a decade of new works to draw from, they revisit the theme this winter.  So on a cold winter's day stop in to enjoy an artistic winter, a memory of autumn, a preview of summer and a reminder that spring is not so far away.

Autumn's HarvestWinterberry HollyHobblebush

Weston Gallery in February: "A Tail of Two Kitties", with Illustrator Libby Chase

Libby ChaseFor the month of February, local artist Libby Chase will be displaying the full-sized framed illustrations for her children's book "A Tail of Two Kitties" in the Weston Gallery of the Lane Memorial Library.  Written by her brother and brought to life by an innovative financing campaign through Kickstarter.com, the book was inspired by the tale of Eddie's two kitties, Rusty and Sparky.  Noting that the full title of the book is  "A Tail of Two Kitties; Their Adventure with Antonyms, Homonyms & Synonyms",  Eddie recalls drawing on his Masters in Education in order to play with the twists and turns of words in the English language.  The result is a fun read for all ages.

The exhibit is an arrangement of 10 of the original illustrations from the book matted and framed. The pages selected are ones that just have Rusty & Sparky in them - from being the Best of cats to the Worst of cats!

Libby will be speaking at the Lane Library on Tuesday evening, February 11 at 6:30 PM where she will discuss the book and the process of how it was published through a Kickstarter "crowd funding" campaign.  All are welcome to attend, especially those who might be interested in going this route for their own creative efforts.  Crayons and a special coloring-book illustration of Rusty and Sparky at the Lane Library will be available to keep the younger ones entertained throughout Libby's talk.

Libby Chase is not only an illustrator but also a Graphic Designer and Teacher of Art & Design at local New Hampshire Colleges. She has a BA in Studio Art (Printmaking) from Plymouth State University and an MS in  Package Design (Graphic Design) from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Libby has been in the Graphic Design/ Illustration Industry since 1984, beginning in freelance design and illustration work in 1996.

Student Art Exhibit and Reception

Hampton residents are cordially invited to an opening night reception for art students of Jane Copp at our downstairs Weston Gallery on Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, with light refreshments served.  Student works on display will include paintings and drawings by Cate Cassassa, Nancy Drew, Sara Duhamel, Isabelle Bleming, Maggie Ginieres, Meredith Maloney and Michaela Maloney.  The exhibit will continue thorughout the month of January, and all are welcome to stop by and enjoy the exhibit any time the library is open.

The Road Not Taken: Interpetations of Robert Frost - Weston Gallery, December 2013

The Road Not TakenThe Road Not Taken is an art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost and conceived by Derry artists Corinne Dodge, Judy Krassowski and Ingeborg Seaboyer for the grand re-opening of the Derry Public Library, Derry NH, in September 2011. After a few months’ residence at the Derry site, the artists decided to look for other New Hampshire venues for the exhibit - other “roads” for it to travel. The art collection is currently touring public libraries, community and university venues throughout southeastern New Hampshire, and has received requests to bring the show to Massachusetts and Vermont.

The artwork viewed in The Road Not Taken includes both new works inspired by the words of Robert Frost and some older pieces that provide vivid and connective imagery for his anthology of poems. Planning for this exhibit afforded the three artists the opportunity to revisit Frost’s work, reading and rereading, to match just the right words to its appropriate visual. Many of the poems resurfaced with the familiarity and comfort of old friends; others, more unfamiliar or obscure, presented their own intrigue and challenges. The artists chose one poem to be interpreted with their individual styles as the lead works for the exhibit. Each subsequent work is accompanied by a selected verse with artist’s notes, explaining the process or personal perspective that the artist applied to that particular piece.

The exhibit will be on display in the Weston Gallery through the end of December, 2013.  Stop by and view the works inspired by America’s most famous unofficial poet laureate, Robert Frost. Enjoy the comfort of an old friend, or introduce yourself to his view on neighbors, survival and nature.

Artist Richard Widhu: "Nature in Art", November 2013

Water Smartweed, Flagstaff LakeAs you walk in the woods of New Hampshire you can see a continuous variety of shapes, colors and textures, arranged seemingly randomly as a result of the natural forces at play. Richard Widhu’s paintings are inspired by these views of nature, while also following certain tendencies in modern art such as randomness, a continuous overall image, and a shallow depth of field. He is especially attentive to color as it appears in nature, modified to present a harmonious composition. Widhu aims to create art which reflects a calm, almost meditative mood, resulting from his spiritual attitude toward nature.

Widhu has studied art at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, and the NH Institute of Art. He has been painting for 50 years and his work has been exhibited in juried shows in New England and nationally.

The paintings of Richard Widhu will be on exhibit in the Weston Gallery throughout the month of November, 2013.  The Lane Memorial Library will also host an artist reception for Mr. Widhu on Saturday, November 9th from 2-5 PM. The reception is open to all, with light refreshments provided.

Hepatica3 Layers of BirchBirch Bark, Mount Shaw

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