Law firm’s gallery reopens with recent NHIA talent
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
Law firm Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC, opened the Robert M. Larsen Gallery in 1992. Maxfield Parrish illustrations, work by League of New Hampshire Craftsmen members and work by noted artists such as James Aponovich has been exhibited there.
The gallery has been dormant for over a year now, but it reopens with a celebration Thursday, March 18, between 5 and 7 p.m. for “10 for 2010: Ten Emerging Painters to Watch,” at the 29 School St. office in Concord.
It’s “kind of a new direction,” said Jay Surdukowski of Sulloway & Hollis. It’s the first show this art student turned lawyer is curating at the firm. Until now, Larsen organized the shows.
Surdukowski actually participated in a student show at Sulloway & Hollis in eighth grade.
Larsen became sort of a mentor, and made it seem OK to be both an artist and a lawyer, Surdukowski said. Surdukowski studied studio art at Bates College.
Over the past few years, Surdukowski had been hearing about the New Hampshire Institute of Art and saw a few of the alums’ work, such as Sid Ceaser’s photography and other artists represented in the “Love, Lust and Desire” shows at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, Surdukowski said.
“The Institute has this really great Web site,” with the artwork of current students, faculty and alumni, Surdukowski said. He was “blown away by the paintings” and got in touch with NHIA. “They were excited about the idea of a collaboration,” Surdukowski said.
The artists in the “10 for 2010” show are not all young, but are recent graduates. The concept is to bring attention to “outstanding work coming out of New Hampshire,” and the show is meant to be a “snapshot” of some of the recent, best work, Surdukowski said.
The “10 for 2010” artists are Joseph Cilley, Mary Graham, Brett Harvey, Heather Hilton, Meghan Howland, Debbie Kinson, Cassandra Long, Cindy Rizza, Sam Trioli and Soo Rye Yoo.
Cilley’s work involves juxtapositions, such as painting a moose walking through the millyard in Manchester. (No, it didn’t actually happen, Surdukowski said.)
Graham’s “On the Rocks,” a seascape, “is absolutely stunning in person,” but hard to describe, Surdukowski said. Trioli includes four studies derived from 1960s and 1970s NASA blueprints, according to a press release.
Most of the artists are exhibiting at least two or three pieces. Besides the March 18 opening and during Art Concord gallery walks, the public can visit the gallery during office hours — check in at the reception desk. — Heidi Masek