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Two local artists explore ‘Spirit’ in solo shows at Seacoast Art Association

Two local artists explore ‘Spirit’ in solo shows at Seacoast Art Association

EXETER — “I believe there is profound benefit in the process and enjoyment of the Arts, states North Hampton’s Inger Gregory about her display “Exploring the Natural beauty and Thriller of a Religious Route,“ which opens in May perhaps. “As a former artwork educator, I firmly consider that creativeness and imaginative wondering really should be actively supported in instruction. The arts are just one of the best suggests to deepen comprehension of numerous cultures, construct empathy and respect for all men and women. About time, the arts can expose the intentions, the views, the extremely souls of men and women, communities and nations becoming the metaphorical mirrors of life supplying the ‘Gifts of Civilizations’.

“Journey #4”  an alcohol ink by Inger Gregory.

“Journey #4” an liquor ink by Inger Gregory.

“I also think that individually, just about every artist ‘dips their brush into their have soul.’ I obtain this estimate such an affirming statement that eliminates the have to have to examine men and women and their special modes of expression. By tuning into kinds considered procedure and recognizing the designs that repeat, can assistance to reveal one’s authentic self.”

Gregory is a previous Art Educator, now retired and enjoying producing artwork from her dwelling studio in North Hampton, N.H. She has normally regarded as herself an advocate of the Arts, and has served on a variety of Boards of Artwork Associations. At this time, she serves on the Board of a not-for financial gain, entitled Artists Building Capacity as Earth Citizens.

Making use of the medium of alcoholic beverages inks, considerably of her present do the job is motivated by the stunning religious metaphors identified in the Writings of the Bahai’i Faith. Her do the job has advanced around the decades from a want for realism to additional abstract modes of expressing the “awe and splendor observed in lifetime.”

“Spirit of the Trees #3” an acrylic by Janice Olenio-Michienzi.

“Spirit of the Trees #3” an acrylic by Janice Olenio-Michienzi.

Janice Olenio-Michienzi also explores spirit in her present of acrylic functions, “Dryads: Spirits of the Trees.” The Seabrook artist claims, “In the historical tales of Greek mythology, it is thought that a peaceful character spirit who life in trees can take the kind of a girl and is a guardian spirit who merely guards the trees which they inhabit. The Greeks also consider that the spirit of the trees can communicate with animals that use the trees as their households.

“After significant university, I attended Northeastern College, Boston, to become a Radiologic/Mammographic Technologist, married, had two youngsters, and worked in excess of 40 many years in that career. That still left only a tiny time to devote to my inventive aspect, but I often uncovered time to paint or craft and give myself some ‘take me away’ time to rest. Now that I am retired, I am free to indulge in all my passions.

“When I was 27, I took a class in Tole portray which piqued my desire to go on. I paint in oils and acrylics and have also finished a bit in pastels. I enjoy to carry serenity to my paintings and adore to paint animals. Portray is only one particular way I categorical myself with my God-supplied gift of creativity. I also appreciate crafting, and I constantly have many tasks going on. Gardening and back garden layout are also a enthusiasm, and I am joyful that it is seasonal, so I can commit my time to inventive expression, no matter if it be with paints and brushes, paper crafts, embellished decoupage, fabric style, or doing work with seashells.’ Janice also now has a pair of paintings, “Havana Nights,” on display at the SAA’s Exeter Inn spring clearly show.

See these two May well Overall body of Perform displays at the Seacoast Artist Affiliation in downtown Exeter right until Sunday, May 29. Make sure you join them for a Second Friday artist reception on May perhaps 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open up Wednesday via Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Parking is absolutely free. See far more at seacoastartist.org and stick to them on Facebook.

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