PLY: A new spin on fiber art
September 2 – October 29, 2017
The art of the needle was redefined in this exhibition. New England artists combined traditional textile techniques with a variety of media to create contemporary works of art. Showcased in the gallery was everything from assemblages incorporating knitting and needlepoint to sculptural crochet. Mixed media works include digital imagery, photography, embroidery, found objects, thread and paper fibers.
(Image on postcard: Knit to Gold by Gail Smuda)
July 8-August 27, 2017
Eternal Summer was an exhibit of contemporary photography that evoked the imagery reflected in Celia Thaxter’s quote, “There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” The photography conveyed a sense of summer that felt lovely and timeless. Children playing, swimming, water, carnivals, gardens, the sea and summer breezes were all reflected in the work.
MAY 20- JULY 1, 2017
ELEMENTS references the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These elements inspire us with their beauty, brutality, and changeability. They sustain us throughout our lives and eventually dissolve us after death.
Four NH artists have chosen to honor these four elements as the ultimate catalysts for their creativity. Russet Jennings connects with the Earth via her garden drawings. Ann Saunderson honors Air and a friend’s spirit with her ink on yupo paintings. Melissa Hinebauch manifests Fire with her hot, brilliant paintings and Sheryl Kamman’sphotography captures the grandeur of Water in nature.
A LITTLE ABSTRACTED
April 1-May 13, 2017
A Little Abstracted showcases abstract artwork that employs intense color, bold shapes and intriguing textures. Twiggs guest curator artist Marcia Santore invited three NH artists to join her for this exhibit: Kate Higley, Ethel Hills and Lotus Lien. Together, their art is hot and wild, full of mystery and movement.
INTERLUDE: The quiet and contemplative work of Adele Sanborn
Thru March 30, 2017
Adele Sanborn is a calligrapher and lettering artist who combines her love of mixed media, watercolors, and photography into messages from her spirit. Inspired by the space and quietude of the natural world, Sanborn explores new and diverse ideas in the craft of ink, paper, and photography. She creates mixed media artworks, sculptural Spirit Houses and one-of-a-kind artists books.
COMFORT & JOY
NH Artists celebrate the comforts and joys of home, family and friends
November 12-December 18, 2016
Artist’s reception: Thursday, November 17 from 5-7 pm
Participating artists are: Mary Bates, Anne Boedecker, Paulette Brace, Donna Catanzaro, Elizabeth D’Amico, Betty Glass, Flo Parlangeli, Marcy Pope, Carolyn Rordan, Adele Sanborn, Gail Smuda, Joan Tierney and Sandra White.
THE PAST IS PRESENT
Sept. 10 to Oct. 31, 2016
The Past is Present was an exhibition of artwork that transcended and transformed time and place. Six New England artists brang the past into the present by creating art that called into question what is old and what is new, what is memory and what is imagined?
Featured artists: Anne Dinan, Laura Morrison, Gail Smuda, Richard Moore, Jill Snyder Wallace and Edith Weiler. The Student’s Corner showcased the artwork of Richard Ward, a student at Merrimack Valley High School.
BALANCING ACTS: Explorations of the artful life in wax and encaustic
Guest Curator, Debra Claffey
July 30 – September 3, 2016
Seven artists who work with wax explore themes of precarious balance, not tipping the scales, and triumphing over uncertainty
Balancing Acts at Twiggs Gallery is curated by NH Artist Debra Claffey and features seven artists who work with wax to explore themes of precarious balance–of not tipping the scales, and of triumphing over uncertainty. Also known as encaustic, wax is lushly beautiful and aromatic. The medium lends itself to construction, transparency, incising, and mark-making in a way uniquely its own.
Each artist in the exhibit approaches the medium differently. Jeanne Borofsky creates assemblages combining encaustic monotypes with origami; Debra Claffey incorporates leaf forms into her personal history by combining the leaves with her grandmother’s crocheted doilies; Pamela Crabb sculpts using wood shapes and wax with an eye on the plight of the oceans; Kimberly Curry celebrates the past by layering wallpaper taken from old Maine farmhouses into her work; Angel Dean recycles cast off wood, metal and found objects into fanciful assemblages; Soosen Dunholter’s visual vignettes explore her struggle with an autoimmune disease; and Helene Farrar’s heavily textural work discusses the state of the human condition, both individually and collectively.
Twiggs Gallery’s first guest curator, Debra Claffey, holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University. Her work has won several awards and in 2011 she received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Finding Balance-Twiggs features “Balancing Acts,” made from wax
Hippo Press, July 28, 2016
MERRIMACK RIVER PAINTERS
BRANCHING OUT: Creative Risks
June 16-July 24, 2016
The Merrimack River Painters is a group of twelve artists from New Hampshire and Maine who wish to show the joy that comes from creating and taking risks in their art.
Participating members : Marilyn Eimon, Bonnie Halsey, Claudette Gammon, Terry Heinzmann, Betsy Janeway, Dustan Knight, Susan Levenson, Ann Lynch, Mary Ruedig, Ann Saunderson, Kathy Tangney and Jan Wittmer.
Participating members are: Marilyn Eimon, Bonnie Halsey, Claudette Gammon, Terry Heinzmann, Betsy Janeway, Dustan Knight, Susan Levenson, Ann Lynch, Mary Ruedig, Ann Saunderson, Kathy Tangney and Jan Wittmer.
A to Z: Art to Zen
May 7 to June 12, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, May 12 from 5-7 pm
A-Z: Art to Zen is an exhibition showcasing the work of artists whose contemplative practices inform their life, work and art. Bruce Iverson and Sally Gordon Shea have mastered the meditative art of Asian Brush Painting; Hari Kirin teaches art and yoga; Bette Abdu is a certified Zentangle teacher; Anne Boedecker facilitates Soul Collage; Julie Püttgen teaches art and meditation; and Kathryn Costa creates Mandalas.
IF TREES COULD TALK:
As Heard by the NH Women’s Caucus for Art
A Juried Exhibition by the NH Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA/NH)
Exhibition Dates: April 2-May 1, 2016
Artists Reception: April 7, 2016 from 5-7 pm
Participating Artists: Paulette Brace, Betty Flournoy Brown, Debra Claffey, Mary Wood Cornog, M. Robin Cornwell, Valerie Deveraux, Elaine Farmer , Jeanette Fournier, Kate Higley, Aline Lotter, Lisa Mann, Suzanne Pretty, Wen Redmond, Susan Rock, Adele Sanborn, Eileen Scullin, Pamela Tarbell, Mary Webber and Jennifer Weigel.
Juror: Dr. Cynthia Vascak
Dr. Vascak is the founding Dean of Plymouth State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, previously serving as chair of the Art Department and as coordinator of the Art Education program. Her primary artistic media are printmaking, drawing and egg tempera.
Learn more about the Women’s Caucus for Art/New Hampshire Chapter at www.wcanh.org. On Saturday, April 16th from 10 to 2, Twiggs Gallery is hosting WCA/NH’s Spring Meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. Join us!
January 21- March 26, 2016
Adele Sanborn is a calligrapher and lettering artist who combines her love of mixed media, watercolors, and photography into messages from her spirit. She works at TWIGGS, her studio nestled on a hill overlooking farmland and the Merrimack River in Boscawen, New Hampshire. Surrounded by the natural world she loves, the expansive studio gives her the space and quietude to create and explore new and diverse ideas in the craft of ink, paper, and photography.
COZY: NH Artists celebrate the joys and comforts of home
TWIGGS GALLERY HOLIDAY EXHIBITION
November 21-December 20, 2015
Participating Artists: Bonnie Askowitz, Linda Basha Brookshire, Paulette Brace, Barbara Carr, Donna Catanzaro, M. Robin Cornwell, Cynthia Cummings-Birch, Jessica Fligg, Mia Hand, Lynn Hand, Ethel Hills, Susan Lirakis, Susan Rock, Adele Sanborn, Jodi Scaltreto, Susan Schwake, Gail Smuda and Marcia Wood Merinooke.
WORD PLAY: Eleven artists play with text, image and form
October 3-November 15, 2015
Donna Catanzaro, Jeffery Cooper, Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne, Jim Lambert, Maureen Mills, Robin Peringer, Maureen Redmond-Scura, Adele Sanborn, Gail Smuda, Jill Snyder Wallace and Susan Schwake