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Fine art in a field
Inaugural art show in Hollis attracts 80 regional artists
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

What southern New Hampshire needed, apparently, was another art show – one held in the fall, by open invitation, located in Hollis. The first annual Hollis Fine Art Festival will showcase the work of almost 80 artists from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. That’s just about a dozen fewer participants than the Greeley Park Art Show, which has been happening for 50 years.

The turnout must in part be due to the unflagging efforts of the organizer. Hollis painter Steve Previte has shown work at the Greeley show, which is organized by the Nashua Area Artists Association, since 1982. Previte recruited for Hollis at many art shows throughout New England and put notice in newsletters of the many local art associations he belongs to. He recruited the students from his Nashua studio. This East Boston native and 30-year Hollis resident is persistent.

“One of my fears was that I’d end up with 20 or 30 artists. I really wanted it to be a strong event for Hollis,” Previte said.

Of course, the fact that there are no judges or membership requirements at this show might have been an added incentive.

“Artists in the area are always looking for new venues to show their work,” Previte said.

Previte had wanted to get a large art festival happening in his area for years. This year, when the town’s recreation supervisor recruited Previte to teach art at a new community center Hollis created as part of an effort to save a barn, Previte brought up an art show. Soon the selectmen were behind it.

Nichols field was practically booked solid until Oct. 13. If the event goes well, the fine arts festival will probably stay on that weekend each year.

This festival is strictly two-dimensional fine art, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphics, mixed media and photography. “There will literally be something for everyone in this show,” Previte said. Beginners through professionals will show everything from still life to abstract, and prices might range from about $50 to about $5,000.

“I don’t want to view it as just a Hollis event,” Previte said. He’s tried to get notice in newspapers from Concord to Boston. Out-of-state folks to watch are Felicia Hannick of New York, who paints still life with a style that follows the Dutch Old Masters, and Terry O’Maley of Maine, an award-winning watercolor painter.

Local talent to seek out are impressionist painter Monique Sakellarios of Nashua, painter Joan Tierney of Wilton, Dick Fischer of Amherst, Phil Bean of Milford and Robin Frisella, the Manchester Art Association’s artist of the year.

Hollis Fine Art Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14 (rain date Sunday, Oct. 15), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nichols Field, 40 Depot Road, Hollis.

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