ampers& gallery: PAST
lamprey Arts & culture Alliance
N. ROSE LA MONTAGNE | sticks and stones
jan 12–feb 9, 2007
opening night ARTISTS' reception IS Friday, january 12, 2007 (6–8 PM)
N. Rose LaMontagne is
an oil painter, art instructor, tour guide, and a facilitator for therapeutic
art-making groups for people with cancer. She is also a survivor.
Diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the 1990s, Rose drew upon her art
background for inspiration and therapy, fought her cancer, and managed to
bounce back. Realizing the therapeutic powers of art, she developed her
passion into a career to help other cancer patients.
Then, in July of
2006, her home in Exeter burned to the ground in the middle of the night.
She escaped with only the clothes on her back. If not for her roommate,
she might not be alive today. Again, Rose turned to her art as a source of
expression and healing. Happily, the essence of her beauty, character,
courage and strength are alive and well in her paintings.
LaMontagne was educated at
the New England
School of Art and Design in Boston and at Montserrat School of Visual Arts
in Beverly, MA, with enrichment classes at Massachusetts College of Art.
Her oil paintings have been on exhibit throughout New England and
Virginia. Raised in Chicago and Massachusetts, she has lived in Southern
NH since 1976. Rose recently moved to Newmarket, but her PigsFly Studio
has been in Exeter since 1994. Travels throughout the US, Canada, France—and especially Italy—give her inspiration for her non-traditional
landscapes. Her love of travel compelled her to switch careers once more;
she recently became a tour guide for a travel agency. With this exposure
to endlessly new destinations, her source of influence for future artwork
“I love to work in large
format," says LaMontagne. “It allows me the freedom to express the
atmosphere of a landscape by pulling the viewer into the painting. I try to convey not just a
scene, but the feeling of a specific place and time—the changing colors,
the aromas, the expanse of space, the feel of the sun or mist on your
skin, the sounds or the silence. I invite the viewer to step inside the
moment with me, to experience the landscape in their own way.”
MEET THE ARTIST
LaMontagne’s newest exhibit,
aptly entitled "sticks and stones," will be shown at Ampers&® Gallery in
Newmarket, from January 12 through February 9, 2007. With the
holidays behind us, it’s time to treat yourself to some fun. Why not make
a night of it? Come on out and join us in Newmarket for N. Rose
LaMontagne’s opening night reception, Friday, January 12, from 6–8 PM.
Afterwards, take a stroll along the Lamprey River, grab a bite to eat or
get a cup of coffee downtown, or make plans to check out a show across the
street at The Stone Church Music Club.
special wine tasting
Additionally, Ampers& will be
hosting a Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance wine tasting/educational event
on the final evening of Rose’s exhibit, February 9, from 6:30–9 PM.
Especially for Valentine’s Day, this session will feature wine &
chocolate pairings, and will be presented by Portsmouth wine expert
Carla Snow, of A Grape Affair. There will also be live piano music by
Leif Gerjuoy from 6:30-7:00, affording guests the opportunity to
come early and enjoy some acoustical music while viewing Rose's art and
browsing a selection of beautiful handmade jewelry by a handful of
talented local artisans. The tasting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited and reservations are
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Ampers& Studio | Gallery is
located in an historic mill building at 125 Main Street (Rivermoor Landing
Condominium, lower level), in the heart of downtown Newmarket, NH.
Regular gallery hours are Mon-Thu, from 2-6 PM*, and by appointment.
*Hours may change to
facilitate client meetings and project deadlines. Call first to verify: