Arts: Heating up the canvas
Gallery’s new show brings passion to cold months
By Bill Copeland
Things are heating up at the Manchester Artist Association gallery.
MAA’s vice president, Diane De Bonville, said the new “Winter Heat”
exhibit will show signs of warmth despite the dropping temperature of
“We’re in winter, but there’s still a lot of warmth in our exhibit and
with the people in our organization and there’s a lot of warmth in here
and people do great work in here and we want to show it to Manchester,”
De Bonville said.
Fourteen artists from the Manchester area contributed paintings to the
exhibit. The MAA has 25 member artists and the members take turns
participating in each exhibit. Every three months the MAA will change
is winter hot?
“The people have warmth. They’re very passionate about what they’re
doing and that’s the heat in the winter,” she said.
Gia Kramer, a member of MAA’s committee, said “Winter Heat” was chosen
as a theme because of the passion found in each artist even though it is
a cold season.
“Artists are very passionate about what they do,” Kramer said. “They
have this drive to go forward and create, and MAA Gallery is there to
encourage and support them. All members of the MAA Gallery committee are
volunteers and each exhibiting artist is volunteering for sitting at the
gallery. It is ‘artist help artist’ in the purest form.”The theme wasn‘t
mandatory. Artists could still think outside the box if they chose.”
“The paintings that are here are not all related to the theme,” De
Bonville said. “We choose a theme to reflect what’s going on right now
in this season. A lot of the paintings are winter-related right now. But
not all of them. There’s other things. I do people. The heat for me is
people. So artists were free to bring what they want.”
Winter landscapes have been featured in art for centuries. But it is
hard to judge how original this “Winter Heat” exhibit will be.
committee chooses the theme, so I don’t know if anything like this has
been done before” De Bonville said.
Bonville uses watercolors to bring people to the canvas. Her own
contribution to “Winter Heat” features three people playing cards.
“It’s a friendship thing,” she said. “It’s people I know who are always
gathering to play cards. I wanted to bring out that friendship that’s
going on between them. I also have another painting with two men playing
chess and they’re so serious. I have another painting of a little girl
making a snow angel.”
Bonville expects to draw attention from nature lovers. “There are many
landscapes,” she said.
other 13 artists are Sharon Allen, Doreen Boissonneault, Ann Bourque,
Sherry Burnett, Orban Chester, Elaine Farmer, Marilyn Heaps, Nancy
Johnson, Janice Johnston, Gia Kramer, Sheila Psaledas, Barbara Scott and
“Winter Heat” runs until February 19, 2006. The Manchester Artist
Association Gallery is located at 1528 Elm St. and is open Wednesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the
gallery at 785-6437.