Coastal arts and culture news

GBCC presents a new installation by NH artist Barbara Rita Jenny in its Gateway Gallery

PORTSMOUTH – Great Bay Community College presents ‘re | section” by artist Barbara Rita Jenny, based in Portsmouth, NH. “re|section” is a large-scale, site-specific installation of laser-cut pieces of felt, and is part of Jenny’s current work, Dura Mater. The outermost protective layer of the brain, the dura mater literally translates from Latin as “hard mother”. As the artist states, Dura Mater is part of “an effort to understand the misfires, inflammation and deterioration of the brains of loved ones…to make sense, to bring order, to cut and realign and stick like placing ephemeral bandages on invisible wounds”. .” Several groups of ancillary works by the artist are also on display, providing viewers with an in-depth insight into the artist’s working and creative process.

Jenny is a digital media artist and educator with a penchant for science and math in her work and teaching. She recently taught at the Cocheco Academy of the Arts, following extended stints at Phillips Exeter Academy and Heronfield Academy where she developed hybrid art/math programs to foster spatial acuity and teach everything from ratios to blueprints. of coordinates, from tessellation to the Fibonacci sequence. Jenny is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the coveted Artist’s Advancement Grant from the NH Charitable Foundation and is listed as a New Hampshire State Arts Fellow.

Additionally, Jenny is an arts and community advocate, having served on Portsmouth’s first Blue Ribbon Committee for Arts and Culture, co-founding the Islington Creek Neighborhood Association and coordinating the Rock Street Park Stage Project – the one of the first community art projects in Portsmouth. In 2009, she established an artist residency program in Nova Scotia to support artists from the Maine College of Art and Design.

His recent work transforms electron micrographs and high-resolution digital microscopy of human brain cells into ornate patterns. By applying complex geometric equations, Jenny has also transformed macroscopic images of human flesh into kaleidoscopic images and intricate patterns. The finished products take a variety of forms, from traditional wall prints to projected images, immersive installations and large relief wall sculptures.

Jenny works out of a backyard studio behind her house where she lives with her husband, a combination or permutation of her four children and extended family, and rescued dogs Breaker and Betty.

The exhibition will be open to the public until April 22. The Gateway Gallery, located at the main entrance to the GBCC campus in Portsmouth, is open to the public during normal campus hours. Any inquiries regarding the exhibition may be directed to Gallery Curator Andrew Super via email at [email protected]

The Museum launches an artist-in-residence program

KENNEBUNK, Maine – The Brick Store Museum has announced Bauman Artist-in-Residence for 2022, a new initiative funded through the generosity of the Bauman Family Foundation. This fund allows the Museum to sponsor a guest artist during the summer months to spend time with the Museum’s collections and create new works from their inspiration.

The Museum is seeking an artist to create works of art that reflect the diversity of Kennebunk’s history and cultures through any artistic medium. The selected artist will earn a residency stipend for their contribution to the advancement of arts and humanities learning in our community. Applicants can learn more about the opportunity and find the application on the Museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org.

The Artist-in-Residence will hold the position for three months and is expected to produce a final project (work of art, play, piece of music, etc.) to be accepted into the Museum’s collection and offer at least one public program ( i.e. a specialty-based workshop or program). During the residency, the artist will contribute to the artist’s blog on the museum’s website.

Artists in all media (painting, illustration, writing, poetry, sculpture, performance, music, etc.) are eligible. Please apply for the residency program by April 30 using the application form on the Museum’s website.

Julia P. Cluff