ampers& gallery : OPENS
in partnership with the lamprey arts & culture alliance's
fourth annual newmarket artwalk celebration
SEACOAST CAMERA CLUB | arrangements in grey and black
may 9–28, 2009
In honor of Whistler's mother—and moms
everywhere!—join us for FREE MIMOSAS & PASTRIES during the fourth annual
Newmarket ArtWalk, on May 9 & 10, from 12–3 each day!
Throughout the month of May, the gallery at Ampers&® will feature another
artist-of-the-month exhibit; a
of black & white photography by the Seacoast Camera Club, displayed
alongside a selection of colorful floral photos by Russ Simon. The
exhibit, entitled Arrangements in Grey and Black* (in honor of
Whistler's mother—and moms everywhere), opens with a Mimosas & Pastries
reception on Saturday, May 9 (12-3) and runs through May 28.
As part of LACA's fourth annual
Newmarket ArtWalk (May 9 & 10, 2009), free Mimosas & Pastries
will be offered (while they last!) both days, beginning at noon on
Saturday. As always, there will be a wide selection of hand-crafted
jewelry and handbags available for sale as well—all offered at 10%
off to anyone mentioning the ArtWalk while
visiting that weekend.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Seacoast Camera Club
(SCC) is a group of 60 plus amateur and professional photographers who
enjoy taking pictures, showing off their work, and improving their skills.
Membership is open to anyone who takes pictures with any kind of camera
and wants to improve their skills and share their work. The club meets on
the second and fourth Tuesday of each month between September through June
in the Portsmouth area. Members participate in educational programs,
regional and club competitions, and field trips. For more info, visit the
SCC online at
www.seacoastcameraclub.org. The SCC is affiliated with the New
England Council of Camera Clubs (NECCC). Russ Simon is a local
amateur photographer who enjoys photographing whatever inspires him.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT TITLE (a nod to
in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother was painted by
American artist James M. Whistler in 1871. The sensibilities of its
Victorian-era viewing audience simply could not accept what was
apparently a portrait being referred to as a mere
"arrangement"—particularly as it was of his own mother! Thus the
explanatory title, "Portrait of the Artist's Mother" was added. It was
from this addition that the work acquired its popular (albeit incorrect)
colloquial name, Whistler's Mother.
According to the Musee d'Orsay
(Paris, France), where the famous painting now hangs, the chromatic study
is a reminder, if only through its double title, of the stylization to
which Whistler soon submitted following the realistic aesthetic of his
early years. The portrait's psychological acuity is powerfully conveyed by
the deliberately pared down composition. The work, in its linear austerity
and chromatic rigour dominated by neutral tones, was a continuation of
Whistler's experimentation with prints, to which View of the Thames
hanging on the wall is an allusion.
The gallery at Ampers& Studio
(125 Main Street, at Rivermoor Landing, lower level) is located in the
historic "No. 6 Mill" of the Newmarket Manufacturing Company, which sits on the bank of the Lamprey River, in the heart of downtown Newmarket, NH.
The volunteer, non-profit gallery is exclusively dedicated to exhibits
featuring Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance (LACA) artist-members and
Normal gallery hours are Tue-Wed-Thu, from 2-6 PM* or by appointment.
Please call ahead to verify: 603-659-6823.
The Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance is a private, member-supported,
volunteer non-profit organization, whose purpose is to support the arts,
culture and heritage of Newmarket and its surrounding communities. For
more information, visit their website at
*Hours may change to
facilitate client meetings and project deadlines. Call first to verify: