Weston Gallery

Horses to Horsepower - Paintings of William C. Turner

Under SteamIf you look closely while driving along back roads, you can see abandoned trucks and cars in the woods, in dirt lanes, and in fields. They are the detritus of a former age, objects that have outlived their useful life. However, there is certain majesty in these discarded objects. It is this majesty that painter William Turner has captured and given a new life and purpose to our former companions.

The paintings of William C. Turner will be on exhibit in Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH during the month of October, 2013.  Turner paints the effects of time—the weathered look, the patterns of rust, the crooked bumper that have transformed what was a once useful tool into something now discarded because of newer editions.
Turner considers his paintings as portraits that take on human qualities. He says of his work: “Symbolically these machines take on a human-like quality: the bumper may be distorted into a crooked smile; the grill a bent out of shape nose; the headlight, sometimes broken, resemble eyes. Each one, like us is allotted a limited time to perform a mission and hopefully grow old with grace and dignity.”

Turner has a BFA from New Hampshire Art Institute and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Manchester Community College. His work has been exhibited throughout New England, New York and several national juried shows in which his paintings received awards.

The library will host an artist reception on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 for patrons who wish to meet with Turner and discuss his works.  The reception is free and open to all, with light refreshments provided by the library.

September 2013 Artist - Kate Hanlon

Kate HanlonBased in Georgetown, MA, woodcut artist Kate Hanlon is our featured artist for September in the downstairs Weston Gallery.  She is skilled in a printmaking technique called "white line carving" that was adapted from older Japanese techniques in 1915 by a group of six artists in Provincetown, MA.  The process involves carving an outline into a sheet of wood, then brushing each section with watercolor paint and rolling a sheet of paper over the painted sections.  This results in a beautiful, "stained-glass" effect for the finished print.

Thanks to a generous subsidy from the Friends of the Lane Library, Kate will be teaching a workshop for those 16 years or older who would like to try their hand at this style of printmaking.  The class will take place on Saturday, September 28th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  No previous artistic experience is necessary, but please be aware that participants will be cutting designs into a wood block with a very sharp knife!

There is a materials cost of $5 per person, and the class is limited to 20 people.  Those interested may call the library at (603) 926-3368, or sign up at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Kate maintains a website and blog presence at www.katehanlon.com.

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Photo Enthusiasts Group

Image courtesy Patty WeeksThe Hampton All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group will be exhibiting their work during the month of August in the Weston Gallery.  In January 2012 Catherine Pagano began the group for the purpose of bringing together like-mimded amateur photographers.  In her own words, "we challenge ourselves to learn more about what our cameras can do for us, in a non-competitive environment.  There are no experts in our group; most of us have basic 'point and click' cameras.  All of us enjoy challenging ourselves to take pictures out of our comfort zones."

The group is always looking for new members.  There is no special requirement to join, except to have a camera and the enthusiasm to experiment, learn more about your camera, and challenge yourself to take better and more interesting pictures.  There is no fee to join, and no required meetings.  Those interested in the group can follow along with each month's challenge on the group's blog page at www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com .

Those who wish to attend the monthly meetings are welcome to join other members on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Partridge House, 777 Lafayette Rd., Hampton, NH.  Remember to bring your photos for that month's challenge, and remember to edit your selection to include only the best 3!

Below is a slideshow of recent challenge photos by the group.

"Remembrance: the Pink Chair Project" with July artist Lynn Schulte

"Daisy Love"Lynn Schulte will be exhibiting her travelling art show Remembrance: the Pink Chair Project in the Lane Library Weston Gallery during the month of July, 2013.  The group of paintings make up a love story that celebrates the memory of Lynne’s mother in moving and beautiful images. Lynne sensed her mother’s presence while painting an Adirondack chair of her mother’s favorite color – bright, knock-your-socks-off pink. After the initial surprise of that experience, Lynne began placing the chair into various locations that had special meaning to herself or her mother. In this way, she created a cohesive body of work that shines as individual paintings as well as a sensitive and powerful grouping.

Each painting has a story. As she painted, Lynne understood more about her mother, about her relationship with her mother, and herself. These stories are written and posted with the paintings. “In grieving and learning to accept that my mother is gone, I am celebrating that she has been released,” said Schulte. “As hard as it is not to have her here with me, there is an understanding that comes.”

People are invited to participate in the project by posting a note to a loved one, or by writing a longer excerpt in the Remembrance book available in the Weston Gallery.  Lynn maintains a blog about the Pink Chair Project at http://pinkchairpaintings.blogspot.com.

Those who want to learn more about Lynn and the story of this exhibit are welcome to attend an Artist Reception and Presentation on Monday, July 29th at 6:30 PM.  The library will supply light refreshments.

You can read more about Lynne and her exhibit here.

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Portrait Artists Jamie Langton and Jan Meades exhibit in June 2013

Langton and MeadesJamie Langton and Jane Meades will be displaying their work in the Weston Gallery for the month of June.  Jamie and Jan are both local Hampton residents, and evoke their images by watercolor and photography, respectively.  Jamie attended Winnacunnet High School where she discovered a love of art that re-surfaced after her first children were born and she began capturing her new family moments in a series of portraits.  She has a keen interest in people, and finds a delight in sketching the faces you might find visiting the Lane Library or engaged in conversation at Marelli's Market.

Jan is a former engineer and gallery owner who devotes her time these days to perfecting her portrait skills, photogaphing areas seascapes, and chronicling the public lives of Hampton residents, including a recent photobook for the Hampton Fire Department.

Jan and Jamie will host a reception on Thursday, June 13th at 5:30 PM, with light refreshements.  All are invited.

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Esilda Evans Corbin - May 2013 Artist

Painter Esilda Corbin was born in Italy.  During her formative years, she lived in Tuscany and Naples.  The rich historical and artistic background of her youth, seasoned with extensive travel and recurring visits to many of Europe's most important museums, had a major influence upon her artistic taste and development

When Esilda moved to New England, she found herself away from an urban setting for the first time in decades.  It was here that she discovered the deep impact that nature can have on the soul of an artist, and her works began to blend her urban cultural heritage with the majesty andbeauty of nature.

Esilda has served as a member of the City of Dover Arts Commission, is a member and former president of the Great Bay Art Association, and is an associate member of the New Hampshire Art Association.  Her work will be on display in the Weston Art Gallery in the Lane Room throughout the month of May, 2013.  Those with an interest in her work may contact the artist at Hesilda1(at)comcast.net.

Heather Crowley - April 2013 Artist

Heather CrowleyPlease join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 PM to hear Heather Crowley speak about her work currently on display in the Weston Gallery at the Lane Library.  Heather is a member of the Seacoast Art Association, and is an enthusiastic proponent of art and creativity in everyday life.  She recalls growing up surrounded by easels and paint brushes while her mother taught numerous art classes out of her home.  As an adult she experiences art as a way to reach a meditative, peaceful state; a means to study, explore and celebrate the natural and mystical world.  Heather's talk is free and open to all, with light refreshments provided.

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Chris Kfoury - March 2013 Artist

Chris Kfoury The library welcomes Seacoast artist Chris Kfoury to the Weston Gallery in March.  Working mainly in portraits and landscapes, Chris offers a lively and fun interpretation of her favorite literary and film figures.  "I love watercolors, and try to capture the essence of a flower, a mountain, or anything, really that strikes my fancy.  My favorite though is figurative work. I love to capture the spirit of someone doing whatever it is that makes him or her feel alive."

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Peg Duffin - February 2013 Artist

Peg DuffinPlease join us on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for a reception and artist talk by Hampton resident Peg Duffin, whose exhibit portfolio The Seasons is on display for the month of February in our Weston Gallery.  Working primarily in watercolors, Peg has been a member of the Seacoast Art Association for over 20 years and is a founding member of the newly established Hampton Art Network.
Peg owns and operates the Art and Soul Gallery in Hampton, and offers courses in watercolor from her home in Hampton.  Her personal style has emerged over years of study under many talented artists, and viewers often comment on the sense of serenity in her works.
Light refreshments will be provided, and the reception is open to all.

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Hal Kirby - January 2013 Artist

TrawlerPlease join us on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM for a reception and artist talk featuring NH artist Hal Kirby, our resident artist for the month of January.  Hal is a retired Air Force pilot who has been painting in oils, acrylics, and  pastels for the past forty years.  He  is a past President of the Seacoast Artist Association of New Hampshire and currently holds memberships in  American Society of Marine Artists, The Oil Pastel Society, and the Seacoast Artist Association. A winner of many awards in local and regional art shows, Hal's oil pastel Texas Gothic (currently part of Hal's portfolio on display in our Weston Gallery) entered into the Oil Pastel Society's 2012 members show took first place in the Associate Division.  At age 74,  he's slowing down a little, but still showing his work in local art shows, art fairs, and online.

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