Retirement and art. Artist Judith Pettingell and I happened upon each other recently at the Hood Downtown and discovered that we have something in common. Retirement (even if semi- in my case) can free you to turn your attention to passions that previously took a backseat.
Pettingell says "Although my love of painting was obvious at least from the age of 4, I didn't begin to pursue it in a serious way until well after my eligibility for Social Security. However, during all those years in between I used that time to explore what it was about the kinds of art I liked that drew me to them. With the freedom of retirement I have been able to learn more about many types of art and more specifically, painting." She described herself as "a Sunday painter"; it's even part of her email handle. She has shown her work in many venues such as Skidmore College, DHMC and the Howe, Norwich and Lyme libraries. Next up: The Outsiders, an exhibition at OSHER with fellow painters Ann Semprebon and Anne Hartman. Several paintings from Pettingell's recent trip to Ireland will be on display.
Water's Edge, Derrynane by Judith Pettingell
Ann Semprebon's work is well known throughout the Upper Valley. (See the featured photo, above.) She has won two Currier Museum awards. There is a reason she is an Outsider. She says "I have always been interested in nature and especially the garden, the processes of growth and decay. In my newest work from nature I am seeking compositional challenges." Semprebon was one of OSHER's Fearsome Foursome at an exhibition in 2015 at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon NH.
Anne Hartman loves working in watercolor, "with its luminosity, intensity, and its often surprising effects." Luminous is exactly the right word to describe her Water Lily, below. She has participated in various group shows in the Upper Valley in the last few years, include at the Hotel Coolidge, various libraries, Kendal, Stella's, and Cedar Circle farm, as well as at Long River Gallery in Lyme, now in White River Junction. She enjoys painting in Florida, "where the art scene is flourishing," and especially likes working en plein air at the beach.
Water Lily by Anne Hartman
The Outsiders exhibition will open at the OSHER Gallery at 7 Lebanon Street in Hanover NH on July 5. A reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, July 6 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through August 24, Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and all are welcome.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge