It’s spring in New England! Let’s head out for a fun road trip! We’ll hit four art venues and a dozen artists, spanning the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine. Let’s begin in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
100 Market Gallery is located at, yes, 100 Market Street, in Portsmouth. The current exhibition is titled “Viewpoints: 5 Artists Come Together.” The show runs now until July 9, and boasts 110 works.
Photographers Annette Brennan and Jon Winslow sometimes overlap subjects, but then they take the road less traveled. Brennan will often focus on close-ups of nature — a “bee’s-eyes” view of a rose, or a startlingly bright juxtaposition of purple iris against yellow-green stems. A classic is her photo “Forsythia” — an abundant, almost canvas-dominating array of glowing forsythia, a weathered barn behind it shedding old red paint and a calming blue sky sets the stage.
Her series of boats bunched up against the dock in Pepperell Cove or the family of seals captured in play, are an indication of her skill and patience to wait for just the right lighting or perfect timing.
Winslow’s work causes one to catch their breath. His “Snowy Owl Wingspread” and “Fox” are jewels frozen in time, because we know how quickly the moment will change and then disappear. His “Loon with Baby” looks so perfect one questions if it’s a photograph. It is.