Art ó Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHAA Show

Currier Kicks Off 2005 With NHAA Show


By Michelle Saturley


You know itís January when the Currier Museum of Art unveils its New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA) exhibit. Each year, for the past 57 years, the NHAA has joined forces with the Currier to showcase some of the stateís most accomplished contemporary artists. The NHAA, which is based in Boscawen and operates the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, is a juried artist organization with about 425 members from New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts, and southern Maine. Its annual show at the Currier is among the museumís most popular events.

Each year, a different art professional is asked to serve as juror and select works among the many entries for the exhibition. Inez McDermott, independent curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at New England College in Henniker, served as this yearís juror, selecting works and awarding a number of prizes, including the Currier Prize for Best in Show. McDermott was once an associate curator at the Currier.

The exhibit exposes the public to dozens of local artists who work in a variety of two and three-dimensional media ó all at different phases of their careers. Some names, such as Ann Trainor Domingue, are well known to the Manchester area, while others are relatively unknown.

This yearís prizewinners are: Patricia Schappler of Hudson (Currier Museum of Art Award for Grace); Kathleen Brennan of Danbury (Forrest D. McKerley Award for Sculpture for Family Group); Rosalind Fedeli of York, Maine (Ezekiel A. Straw Memorial Award for Gaia Deconstructed); Jessie Pollock of Peterborough (Miriam S. Sawyer Memorial Award for Vanishing Landscape); William Scolere of Gorham (Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Award for Art on Paper for Striding With Nature); Jamie Calderwood of Durham (Dr. Paul and Duddy Costello Memorial Award for Dog Bone); Ann Trainor Domingue of Goffstown (James and Eugenia Georgopoulos Memorial Award for Drawing for Edge Of The Woods Pattern);  Jing-Hua Gao Dalia of Pepperell, Mass. (Friel Award for Excellence in Watercolor for Strolling Over Bamboo Mountain); Ed Blake of Nashua (Rosmond DeKalb Memorial Award for The Inlet); Judy Doughty of West Nottingham (Gammon Award for Refraction); Rose Sielian Theriault of Rochester (Macy Industries Metal Fabricatorís Award for Artichokes), and James Reagan of Dover (Jefferson Pilot Financial Award for Salter St. II).

The NHAA Exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 28. The exhibit is free with admission to the Museum. For more information, call 669-7194 or go to

óMichelle Saturley

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