A spectacular show of large artworks is on display at the Gateway Gallery at Great Bay Community College at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth now through March 26.  The gallery serves as the entryway to the college complex.

This is a juried show and 16 selections were chosen from 50 entries. Juror, Dr. Annette Cohen, selected pieces that were cohesive, masterful and educationally interactive for Great Bay students. Dr. Cohen is also an art professor at the college.

Artists worked in various media that include fiber works, paintings, mixed media, encaustic, and more. There is a wide variety for all aesthetics. Here are a few of the highlights of the show:

Wen Redmond presents a digital fiber collage titled: Breaking the Surface. Visually challenging in its beauty and detail, this piece contains nine major sections with detail pieces in the center section. Subtle stitchery holds the nine panels together.  There are many undulating and whirling organic shapes. The colors represent a wide span of values. Some sections appear metallic and others look almost molten. It is truly a masterpiece.

Wen_Redmond, Breaking the Surface

Wen_Redmond, Breaking the Surface, inkjet print on prepared cotton canvas and stitched, 27 x 39 inches

For those who are following the artistic trajectory of Debra Claffey, you will be pleased to see a piece by Claffey in encaustic, graphite, and pigment stick.  Silent Cherry Bloom is full of subtleties within the interaction of the flora. The layering of medium is incredible. A unique look at portraiture is presented by Marcia Wood Mertinooke. Little Os Surround My Toes demonstrates an expertise in application of paint that is one of a kind. A moment in time is captured, as opposed to an accounting of an individual’s visage. Robin Cornwell takes fabric printmaking to a new level of craftsmanship in her piece titled, Lily Patterns. A longtime printmaker, Cornwell’s works are hand printed with her hand-cut stamps, hand-dyed and meticulously stitched to perfection. There are many more pieces to take in, each offering a unique artistic statement and original approaches to media.


Marcia Wood Mertinooke, Little Os Surround My Toes, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.

Other artist exhibiting are Elsa Voelcker of Antrim; Jayne Adams, Gonic; Jodi Scaltreto, Hillsborough; Joanne Desmond, Lynn, Mass.; Aline Lotter, Manchester; Davida Cook, Meredith; Bonnie Askowitz, Miami, FL and Washington, NH; Stephanie Blackstock, Ossipee; Annette Mitchell and Marcia Santore from Plymouth; Maryellen Sakura, Thornton; M. Robin Cornwell and Kate Higley, from Wolfeboro.

Many groups of professionals come to Great Bay for meetings and they all walk through this high traffic exhibition area. The location of the show is a win-win for business groups and other organizations who often visit the Green Bean restaurant. Schedule yourself a treat, and artist’s date, and come enjoy the show!