PORTSMOUTH – The top three prize winners were announced for the 32nd annual Omer T. Lassonde exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.

The theme for this year’s juried show, which runs through April, was “Transformation.” The show was juried by Christopher Gowell, director/owner of Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine.

The NHAA received an overwhelming amount of impressive submissions from members and non-members, and of 234 individual entries, the juror selected 110 works for the show.

“Many of these are unique statement pieces,” said Renee Giffroy, president of NHAA’s board of directors. “There is a variety of media, subject matter and work dimensions, with several large pieces.”

First place went to Judith Cassel of Rochester for her sculpture, “From Sea to Shining Sea.”

Victoria Elbroch’s mixed media piece, “In The Blink of an Eye,” took second place.

Jan Waldren’s painting, “Oranges,” took third place, and Emily Moore received an honorable mention with her painting titled “ Secret Garden.”

The Levy Gallery has four shows during the month of April, boasting more than 500 pieces of work.

“We had a great turnout for our opening reception,” said Carol Reynolds, the gallery’s new manager. “There were more than 250 people who came out.”

The NHAA staff and board are hoping the public will visit during the month of April to view the varied art exhibits.

In addition to the Lassonde show in the Main Gallery, there is “On The Road,” an exhibit featuring the travel photography of Bev Conway, Claudia Rippee and Gary Samson.

“Homologous Symmetry,” oil paintings by Lisa McManus is on exhibit in the South Gallery.

And, “Art-imals,” an exhibit in the Gerry Frazier Gallery has been a big hit with artwork from NHAA members featuring animals both wild and tamed. The exhibit is benefiting the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and visitors are encouraged to bring donations from the humane society’s wish list found at website https://cvhsonline.org. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

The Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery is located at 136 State Street, Portsmouth. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.







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