Currier Gallery of Art

Manchester, NH


Entrance to the Currier, photo by John Hazeltine


New England Views: Real and Imagined

The 2000 Gloria Wilcher Memorial Exhibition


The Currier Gallery continues its commitment to contemporary art from New England with a carefully selected show of emerging landscape artists. New England Views: Real and Imagined gathers the work of nine lesser-known painters from Maine, N.H. and Vermont who explore how geography informs their art - in styles that range from the representational to the abstract to the whimsical. Working in acrylics, oils, and polymer egg-wax emulsion on surfaces of wood, canvas, linen and paper, the artists chosen for this exhibition have painted roads and rooftops, trees and rocks, sea and sky. Choosing subjects from the almost-urban to the purely natural, these artists collectively reveal a deep sense of place.(left: James Mullen, Acadia Forest, 2000, oil on linen)

From a field of more than 80 applicants, the following artists were selected for the show: Maureen Ahern of Peterborough, N.H.; David Brewster of Halifax, Vt.; Gordon Carlisle of South Berwick, Maine; Craig Hood of Portsmouth, N.H.; Brigitte Keller of York, Maine; Melissa Miller of Concord, N.H.; James Mullen of Brunswick, Maine; Clifford Smith of Henniker, N.W.; and Molly Doe Wensberg of Strafford, N.H. (Melissa Miller, Rooftops in Spring, 2000 (detail), oil on canvas)

"My painting is influenced by nature, by the landscape I see around me every day," writes Wensberg in her artist's statement. Similarly, fellow artist Maureen Ahern reveals, "My images are responses to the landscape in New Hampshire where I now live, and places elsewhere in New England."

For more than a decade, the Currier Gallery of Art has displayed the work of talented regional early-career and mid-career artists though the generous support of the Gloria Wilcher Memorial Exhibition Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Abrasha Wilcher, and their daughters Sandra Scheckman and Marilyn Benson to honor their daughter and sister Gloria Wilcher. This is the seventh Wilcher Memorial Exhibition, which will mark the event's support of nearly 100 emerging New England artists since its inception. New England Views: Real and Imagined runs through September 11, 2000. (left: Craig Hood, Dead Man's Curve, oil on canvas)

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