Exhibitions

For interest in exhibition opportunities, email Rebecca at rspstudio@gmail.com.

Member artists will be invited to apply to group shows with the fee waived and a reduced sales commission.


November 2019

what lies between the surface

Sally Dion and Joanna Desmond

Artist reception: November 15th, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Closing reception: December 6, 2019 from 4-8 PM

The Art Center is hosting a dual exhibition from November 4th - December 7th, 2019 featuring work by Sally Dion and Joanna Desmond.


Joanne Desmond and Sally Dion are uniquely gifted in their respective artistic pursuits and The Art Center in Dover, NH is showing the creative talents of these two women off to perfection in the new exhibition “What Lies Beneath The Surface” on display from November 11th through December 8th. Desmond and Dion are both printmakers, yet each expresses her work in completely unique ways; unique to each other and to the art of traditional printmaking, which is what makes this show so interesting.

December 2019

SMALL WORKS

Bi-Annual Resident and Member Show

Opening: December 13, 6-8 PM

Closing reception: January 3, 2020 from 4-8 PM

Group exhibition featuring work by local artists.

Members, please drop off 3-4 small works (14" longest side) that are part of a series for consideration by December 5, 2019. Interested in becoming a member? Apply here.

January 2020

Granite State

Opening: January 11, 2020

Closing: February 7, 2020

Juried exhibition featuring work representative of New Hampshire.

Interested in applying? Deadline is December 18, 2019. Apply here.


Past Exhibitions

October 2019

Normalizing Abortion: Self-Portraits & Stories

Group exhibition curated by Phoenix Mayet

Artist reception: October 18, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Closing reception: November 1, 2019 from 4-8 PM

The Art Center presents NORMALIZING ABORTION a pro-choice exhibit and fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. This show will feature portraits and stories from people who have had an abortion along with information and memorabilia about the fight for abortion access in the United States. In addition, The Art Center will hold a sale of pro-choice art with all proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood.

Normalizing Abortion is presented as an affirmation of the importance of abortion access in ensuring our human right of self-determination during a time when the future of Roe v. Wade remains uncertain. The exhibit is also intended as a fundraiser with all proceeds gathered from sales, submissions and donations to be given to Planned Parenthood Federation of America to support their vital work in our community and around the world.

A Reception will be held on Friday, October 18th 6-8 pm at The Art Center. The Reception is intended as a gathering in support of choice and abortion access and local pro-choice groups and clinics will be in attendance. The reception is free and open to the public. Keep an eye out for our friendly Exhibit Escorts who will be on hand to guide you to The Art Center.

About the curator: Phoenix Mayet is a conceptual artist, feminist, and social activist whose work addresses issues related to gender, trauma, and personal identity. She holds degrees from Cornell University and UNH. She maintains a fine art studio at the Washington St. Mill in Dover, NH.


September 2019

Jim Regan Retrospective

Artist and Closing reception: October 4, 2019 from 4-8 PM

Reagan, a painter who paints outdoors whenever possible, is all about sunshine and light.

Primarily a landscape artist he chooses the rugged seacoast of the New England coast and pastoral calm of the land. Still, his work isn't limited to New England scenes alone - his travels also come to life in many of his watercolor collages.

Jim studied art at Bowling Green State University, graduating with a b.s.in art education, After leaving teaching Jim coupled painting with a life in the airline industry as a flight attendant thus giving him blocks of time to devote to artistic development.

August 2019

Unexpected

Group exhibition juried by Danielle Festa

Open call, apply here by July 19, 2019


Artist reception: August 10, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Closing reception: September 6, 2019 from 4-8 PM

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June 2019

Alternative Perspective

Group exhibition juried by Scott Buldger

Artist reception: June 7, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Closing reception: July 5, 2019 from 4-8 PM

According to many studies, over 1.8 billion digital images are created every day. With that many new things to see, in order to create something interesting to look at, it becomes more imperative to seek out some sort of “ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE”

Alternative Perspective: cyanotype, gum bichromate, tin type, van dyke, bromoil, lumachrome, albumen, gumoil, lumen, mordencage, or any other alternative photographic printmaking process

July 2019

Bi-Annual Member Show

Artist reception: July 13, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Closing reception: August 2, 2019 from 4-8 PM

Group exhibition featuring work by local artists. Members, please drop off 3-4 works that are part of a series for consideration by July 9, 2019. Interested in becoming a member? Apply here.

May 2019

For the Love of Imagination

Artist reception: May 15, 2019 from 6-8 PM

Created and curated by 8 Dover High Art Students. The exhibit opens on May 8th and will run through end of the month.

April 2019

CONTEMPORARY & ABSTRACT

Opening reception: April 13, 2019 from 6-9 PM
Closing reception: May 3, 2019 from 4-8 PM

Group Exhibition

March 2019

UNDER LOCK AND KEY

Opening reception: March 8, 2019 from 6-9 PM
Closing reception: April 5, 2019 from 4-8 PM

The Works of Scott Bulger

“It’s the world that’s stable, yourself that’s contingent, that’s nothing apart from its surroundings.” - Rebecca Solnit in A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Descending deeper into the search for the origins of who I am, questions to continue to arise that grab at my feet like a stick on a path. Occasionally, one of these sticks turns out to be a bramble which when stuck into the earth comes to life and provides new information. As I struggle with which memories are accurate and which are not, I begin to wonder if it even really matters. Can a memory become real by a sheer force of will?

Some of these event memories have become markers in my life. A red baseball cap, a meat grinder… a voice on the telephone late at night…a giraffe that makes no sense. Some of them innocuous, some of them traumatic, but each must have left some kind of imprint upon my being. They persist and vanish. Clues lead and guide me to that unknowing place I am looking for. My work explores my own contingent relationship to, and understanding of the external world. How have these memories shaped me, and if these memories are false, am I really just performing an impersonation of myself?

February 2019

A LA CARTE

Group exhibition

Opening reception: February 8, 2019 from 6-9 PM
Closing reception: March 1, 2019 from 4-8 PM

Apply here by February 4

January 2019

FACES

Group exhibition

Opening reception: January 12, 2019 from 6-9 PM
Closing reception: February 1, 2019 from 4-8 PM

This exhibit features the work of many resident and member artists revolving around the simple theme of Faces. From paintings to sculpture, photography to poetry, this show encompasses many different types of art, and as many different styles. This exhibition invites the public to come and celebrate the diversity of that which binds us all together. It’s been said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. It is the loving hand of the artist that can capture that essence, and bring it to life for generations, and it is the poet who can do the same with words.

December 2018

SMALL WORKS

Resident and Member Show

Preview: December 7, 4-8 PM
Holiday Open House: December 8, 10AM- 5PM

Enjoy this exhibition during the Holiday Expo where all works will be 12"x12" or smaller, priced to make excellent holiday gifts.

Closing reception: January 4, 2019 from 4-8 PM

November 2018

TO END ALL WARS

Work by Isaac Epstein

Opening: November 2, 4-8 PM
Artist reception: November 11, 10:30 AM -12 PM

October 2018

IMAGES OF THE PAST

Opening
October 5, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
October 20, 5-8 PM

Thom Hindle collection

September 2018

WHAT I HAVE SEEN

Opening
September 7, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
September 15, 6-9 PM

Work by Robert Weinstein and Chella Cross

August 2018

Voices In My Head

Opening
August 3, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
August 17, 6-9 PM

Works by Resident Artist Stephen Godlieb

July 2018

Geometry of Abstraction

Opening
July 6, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
July 22, 3-6 PM

Works by Resident Artist Tim Gilbert and Barbara Mata

June 2018

Gravitas

Opening
June 1, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
June 15, 6-9 PM

Any person or object that has influence, weight, or presence is said to have "gravitas". A powerful person may have it or a work out art may have it. I believe each piece in this collection possesses it's own "gravitas". And each piece represents an exploration all it's own. Some are ciphers or juxtopositions. Some are simply moving shapes and colors. But my greatest hope is that they all provoke new thoughts or feelings in you, the viewer. I am very grateful for your interest.

May 2018

New Beginnings

Opening May 4, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
May 19, 6-9 PM

On display May 4-26

The Art Center welcomed artists of all disciplines to apply to the group show opening May 2018. Works should be recently made and reflect your interpretation of the theme New Beginnings.

April 2018

Resident Artist Exhibition

Opening
April 6, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
April 21, 6-9 PM

Group exhibition featuring artwork by The Art Center resident artists: RUTH ANN LOFT BLEAU, NEVIN BROWN, RACHEL DE ALMEDIA, JOANNE DESMOND, JOSH GAGNON, TIM GILBERT, STEPHEN GODLIEB, SUSAN E. HANNA, DEIRDRE HEBERT, MONICA NAGLE, JULIE STACY, AARON STANLEY

On display April 6-28


March 2018

The Face of Feminism Now

Opening
March 2, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
March 24, 6-9 PM

An Artist’ Reception will be held for the photographer on Saturday, March 24th 6-9 pm at The Art Center. The Reception will feature a slideshow and talk by the artist about the making of this timely project.

The evening’s presentation will offer the audience a closer look at the process that went into creating the portraits, provide some conclusions and observations about the final project, and present additional words and images of the participants. There will be time set aside for Q&A following the presentation. The reception is free and open to the public.

The Face of Feminism Now: Conversations with Feminists, a documentary photography series examining the experiences of local feminists. The exhibition includes photographs of feminists from the Seacoast area taken throughout the year following the Women’s March of 2017, along with the words of the participants. The show is timed to coincide with National Women’s History Month.

Moved by the extraordinary events of January 21, 2017 – the date of the global Women’s March – and her own experience at the march in Washington, DC., Phoenix Mayet embarked on a year-long project to begin a conversation with other local feminists about the future of the movement. Mayet presented each participant with a survey of four basic questions about their experiences as feminists and then sat down with each for an interview and photo shoot. The resulting images offer viewers a glimpse into the state of local feminism today and invite them to join in the dialogue about the future of the feminist movement.

About the artist: Phoenix Mayet is a conceptual artist, feminist, and social activist whose work addresses issues related to gender, trauma, and personal identity. She holds degrees from Cornell University and UNH. She maintains a fine art studio at the Washington St. Mill in Dover, NH.

On display March 2-24

February 2018

At First Glance

Opening
February 2, 4-8 PM

Artist Reception
February 24, 6-9 PM

Solo exhibition featuring mixed media oil paintings by Danielle Festa.

There are many factors that contribute to perceptions of dress, deriving both from the individual’s choice and the viewer’s preconception. The endless combinations of these variables have inspired Festa to explore and advance this theme for over a decade.

In each painting, Festa experiments with the transition between paint and fabric, allowing her subjects to transform into the characters she creates. Sometimes the elements of mixed media announce their presence first, but other times the fabric is subtly transitioned with the paint, demanding a second look.

Based on real moments in the lives of her subjects, Festa calls attention to the importance we put on clothing. Onlookers are invited to experience the independent choices, the religious mandates and the social constructs that influence both what we wear and how we view others.

On display February 2-24