Expired Polaroid Portraits
Photographs by Michael Penney

September 6 through 13, 2013

It seems fitting that Michael Penney, former proprietor of Miguel’s Color Service—one of the last professional film processing labs in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire—would create a series of portraits using expired Polaroid film. With heavily degraded edges and ethereal washes of monochromatic color created by past-their-prime chemicals, the resulting images serve as a compelling metaphor for the demise of the once robust world of film-based photography.

Join us for an opening reception for the exhibition where we will also be releasing the first installment of “The Plain Paper” featuring Michael’s portrait series. Published randomly by our design studio Plainspoke, each issue of The Plain Paper — presented within a framework of editorial and design restraint and printed at Newspaper Club in London, UK — will explore a subject, or range of subjects, that capture our interest.

Gallery Hours:
Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed


New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Artist Advancement Grant
Recipient and Finalists

September 13 through 21, 2012

We hosted a private event in September for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to announce the 2012 Artist Advancement Grant recipient and finalists. This year’s grant recipient is Bear Kirkpatrick, a photographer and digital media artist. Finalists are conceptual artist Lauren Gillette and painter Rose Umerlik.

Several pieces from each artist were on view at the gallery. A larger exhibition of works by these artists will be held at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine during spring or late summer of 2013 as part of the ongoing Momentum series of exhibitions.

Since 2002, the Piscataqua Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has recognized the importance of art and artists to the vitality of our community by awarding the nation’s largest unrestricted grant to an individual artist.

Made in Chimerica
Collaged Photographs by Julee Holcombe

August 3 through 24, 2012

Julee Holcombe’s art investigates contemporary cultures as she reconstructs and collages interior and exterior environments from an amalgam of different original photographs, ultimately composing landscapes and portraits that mirror the classical traditions of painting.

Eleven large-scale photographic prints were on view at the gallery, best described from the artist’s statement accompanying the exhibition: “Made in Chimerica is a series of collaged photographs that incorporate imagery from my travels in China and life in America. The word Chimerica is a contemporary term used to describe the symbiotic relationship and parallel passage between China and the United States. This body of work explores the technique of the ‘angle of totality’ which is the strategy of depicting multiple perspectives traditionally found in Chinese landscape painting.”

Julee is on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited at the Danforth Museum, Portland Museum of Art, and British Museum among other venues.

A signed, limited-edition folio, designed by Plainspoke and featuring the photographs in the exhibition is available for purchase at the gallery or through our online shop.

An Installation by Lauren Gillette

June 1 through July 6, 2012

Wish/Regret is an ongoing series by York, Maine based conceptual artist Lauren Gillette. The exhibition features the wishes and regrets of more than 60 subjects — all expressed as pairings of black and white portraits made with a Hasselblad camera in a straightforward mugshot style. The series is powerful and insightful, and at times the honesty is startling.

The following is from Lauren’s website: “I am a conceptual artist whose work has underlying threads: biography, history, text, repetition and memory. And let’s put a big fat underline under biography, because that is the thread that runs through all the work. Biography. I am working to reveal something emotive and intimate about each subject. My intent is to spark that last piece of the puzzle, a visceral thread of recognition in the viewer.”

The Portland Museum of Art and the George Marshall Store Gallery are among the venues that have shown Lauren’s work. She has twice been a finalist for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Artist Advancement Grant.

A 112-page catalog of the project, designed and published by Plainspoke, was released at the opening event on June 1. The publication includes high-quality duotone reproductions of the wishes and regrets of 45 project participants. The catalog is available for purchase at the gallery or through our online shop.

Revealed: Michael Winters

September 16 through October 14, 2011

Revealed: Michael Winters — the photographer’s first solo exhibition — included large-format portraits by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based photographer. Michael is a high school counselor who picked up a camera just over six years ago and can’t seem to put it down.

The following is from the artist’s statement that appears in the catalog which was released at the opening event: “These are not traditional portraits in the sense that I have asked — or have been asked — to photograph many of these people with a specific mood, setting or character in mind. Most are good friends, or have become good friends, and I am very grateful to them. One of my writer pals, Rebecca Cox, describes them as ‘quasi-portraits of people who don’t actually exist — they’re characters playing with expression, clothing and light...and through these vignettes, they accidentally become fictitious people.’”

The catalog is available for purchase at the gallery and through our online shop.

Natural Collections:
Photographs by Cheryle St. Onge

July 1 through August 5, 2011

Natural Collections featured 17 large-format black and white prints from an on-going series created by Durham, New Hampshire-based photographer Cheryle St. Onge. Cheryle received an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, studying under Nick Nixon and Barbara Bosworth. She has received numerous awards and residencies, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Polaroid Materials Grant.

The following is from the artist’s statement that appears in the catalog which was released at the opening event: “My pictures, in the tradition of natural collections, are about observation and knowledge, about wanting to learn more, about a long look and the wonder. When my children find a frog, put it in a mayonnaise bottle and stare, I was reminded that I am still in awe of our natural environment, and in love with the limitless scrutiny that is possible though a photograph. Our wonder at what has been collected and contained in that jar, box, or bag. The collection and process are still part science and part magic. I make pictures with an 8 x 10 view camera.”

The catalog is available for purchase at the gallery and through our online shop.