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NEWSLETTER  May/June 2019




New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists 2019 Annual Artist Retreat

REMINDER: If you are planning to attend the retreat this year, please consider signing up soon. We need to hear from you so that we can plan our program.

If you have not attended previously, this is a great opportunity to experience Star Island and to share your photography with others. And consider bringing a friend or your spouse/significant other! Participants are asked to bring prints or digital images of their work. Since we will not have a guest photographer this year, we invite attendees to inspire and educate us about some aspect of their photography with short presentations. The possibilities are endless: travel photos; show and tell about a new camera or piece of equipment; explain a favorite aspect of Lightroom or other software you use. Tell us how you became interested in photography or discuss images that inspire you. We have a digital projector and screen. Board and room costs include all meals and the ferry from Portsmouth. We do have a nightly social hour and we provide munchies but you can bring some of your own and of course your own beverages. This year Star has given us space for 15-20 conferees and the more who attend, the better the retreat will be. We have had as many as 35! We urge you to register early with a deposit of $150. If you wait too long to register, you might find that there is no space available. Non-members are also welcome by joining NHSPA and paying $25 dues.

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The New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists (NHSPA) is offering a photography retreat this summer on Star Island.  

The retreat is an opportunity for dedicated photographers to meet and share their work. Several photographers will offer short programs highlighting a particular aspect of their work. Participants are asked to bring prints or digital files to share and discuss with the group. The program is for three days in mid-week, August 28-30, 2019.  

For twenty years, NHSPA has hosted photography events on Star Island to give fine art photographers the opportunity to meet, share their work and exchange ideas about photography. The historic buildings and rocky shoreline of the island offer abundant photographic opportunities. The nineteenth century-style ambience is conducive to socializing and discussing elements of the photographic craft.

Formed in 1998, NHSPA supports the work of photographers as a means for creative expression and cultural insight. NHSPA members are dedicated to sharing photography with each other and the community through group exhibits and programs.

Since 1915, Star Island, located in the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire, has been a center for education and group events. The island follows the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

For more information and to register for the retreat, go to “events” on the NHSPA website www.nhspa.org




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Thank you to all the photographers who came to Nashua for the 3rd NH Now photo review. We viewed a wide range of subject matter. It was great to see  how photographers captured the region. The next review is scheduled for the Monadnock Region on July 14 in Peterborough. Details on the NHSPA website. Come to the review, even if you have not submitted photos, and participate in the discussion!

The next two reviews have been schedule PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The forth Monadnock Region Review will take place on July 14, 2019, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Peterborough Town Library, 2 Concord Street Peterborough, NH.  

Please plan to attend one or both, even if you do not have images for the region.Come an participate in the discussion! It will be good to hear feedback and comments. ALL NH Now participants are welcome to attend. However, only submit images for the specific region being reviewed.

If you have any NH Now questions, submit them to project@nhspa.orgThank you again for your interest and participation in NHSPA NH-Now Statewide Photography Project.



NHSPA’s 6th Annual Crawford Notch Retreat Update

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NHSPA’s 6th Annual Crawford Notch Retreat

April 23 – 25, 2019

This year’s theme: SHOOT– SHARE – SOCIALIZE

The annual NHSPA Highland Center retreat was a huge success. This week, NHSPA photographers went to the White Mountains to learn about studio lighting and portrait photography with New Hampshire Artist Laureate Gary Samson. We had to opportunity to work individually with Maya, an experienced, beautiful professional model. It was a great experience to improve our craft. Focused on portrait lighting, it included three full lighting sets and a professional model where members could experiment with a variety of gear ranging from huge parabolic reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas. In addition, two of our licensed FAA Drone pilots went over drone operations and equipment. Members who worked with the model could have their photos printed on a professional printer, and members had a photo round-table where we could examine others work. The free two day event was open to all members although there was a small charge if you wanted to photograph the model.·  

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Photographs Captured by NHSPA Members Marie Sapienza, Michael Sterling, Jacquelin Corti’s, Dan Derby and Richard Moore. 

Much Gratitude To Our Lovely Model Maya.




Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member: Michael Sterling



OPENING RECEPTION (with music) Fri. June 7th, 5pm – 8pm     Exhibiting through June 30, 2019


                                   'Ebb & Flow'                                                                        'Abstract In Nature'

                      The Big Island , Hawaii, USA                        Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, ME

New Hampshire Art Association Robert Lincoln Levi Gallery

136 State Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

'Currents' NHAA’s Summer Exhibition

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member: Pat Kennedy-Corlin



Exhibiting Through June 20, 2019         

“Road to The Abandoned”, a photograph by Dan Soucy 

'Road to The Abandoned', a photograph by Dan Soucy

'Beyond First Glance' Features The Works Of Pastel Artist Chris Reid And Photographer Dan Soucy.

2 Pillsbury Street

Concord, NH 03301

The exhibit reflects each artist’s personal view and love of landscapes. Chris Reid is an internationally respected New Hampshire artist known for her landscapes and still life paintings. She received a B.S. in Art Education at SUNY College in Buffalo, and trained at the University of Siena in Italy, the American School of Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and N.Y. State Colleges at Brockport and Buffalo. Reid’s work is noted for “its intense color and masterful use of light”. Art New England describes Reid’s work as being “rich in color”, and her landscapes have been praised for the “powerful abstract elements”. Reid has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, recently including the Cof Art in Manchester, N.H., from 2002-2007, a faculty member at the Sharon Arts Center, and teaches private classes.Reid can often be seen working en plein air capturing the rich fields, meadows, and farmlands of New England and most recently completed a series entitled, “Food, Travel, and Vineyards,” which was featured in Cook’s Cook Magazine.

Soucy is a self-taught landscape photographer. He has been taking photographs for more than 20 years and was initially inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams. The passion that he saw in those photographs helped direct his interest and guide his own work. Soucy attended White Pines College in Chester, N.H., where he was able to further develop his skills and learn about the technical aspects of photography. Over the years, Soucy has continued to foster his love for photography by taking classes and attending workshops, most notably a weekend long stay at Star Island off the coast of Portsmouth. Soucy’s passion for photography extends to all aspects of the process. He explores various landscapes throughout New England as well as the Southwest to find inspiration and take pictures. Once he has captured an image, he works with software programs to develop and print the picture. Soucy’s creativity extends beyond photography as seen in the displays that he creates for his images. He makes all of his own frames from different materials such as old barn board and old windows. Soucy enjoys sharing his love of photography with others and has begun to foster a love for photography within his daughter. He will continue to find different ways to look at the world around us through the camera lens and share those images with others.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member: Dan Soucy



Opening Reception 1:00-3:00pm June 15th 1:00-3:00pm  Exhibiting Through June 28 , 2019 


'Beyond Visible Light' 

Acton Memorial Library

486 Main Street

Acton, M. 

Artist Website:  https://brucemagnuson.smugmug.com/

Light is a photographic exploration of landscape through black and white infrared images.  Adding a wrinkle to the traditional black and white look, infrared imbues the images with an ethereal quality.  With subject matter ranging across New England, Wisconsin, New York, the American Southwest and Paris I have been able to use the qualities and demands of black and white infrared to create images of much that is familiar, but also inviting a deeper look.  The breadth of locations represents a personal journey, touching on locations that have been meaningful throughout my life.  I am proud to be able to present these images together in a cohesive show.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member:  Bruce Magnuson



Opening Opening Reception TBD      Exhibiting July 3 Through July 28, 2019

New Hampshire Art Association

Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery / East Gallery

136 State Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Presenting David Zerba & Carol Van Loon 

New Hampshire Art Association members David Zerba and Carol Van Loon will exhibiting together in the East Gallery at the Robert Lincoln Levy. Joint venture featuring their architecture styles of artwork.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member:  Carol Van Loon                   



Opening Reception: 5:00-7:00 pm, July 11, 2019     Exhibit runs July 11 through September 6, 2019


'Queens USA - A Global Celebration' 

Maine Jewish Museum,  Third Floor Sanctuary

267 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101     www.MaineJewishMuseum.org        (207) 773-2339         Hours: Sunday, 1-5 pm; Monday-Friday, 10-4 pm

Audrey Gottlieb, documentary photographer and member of NHSPA, is pleased to announce her upcoming exhibition "Queens USA - A Global Celebration". Her color photographs, made over a 25-year period, reflect the lives and celebrations of many new immigrant groups living and working in architecturally unglamorous neighborhoods dotted with shops, apartment buildings, temples and shrines. The images depict rituals and traditions, including ethnic feasts and processions that the newcomers carry over from the old country and blend into the new one.

Contact: Audrey Gottlieb

Phone: (207) 641-7490

Email: audreygottlieb@earthlink.net   Artist Website: www.audreygottlieb.com

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member:  Audrey Gottlieb



Exhibiting Through  September 30, 2019 

Contemporary view of Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village

288 Shaker Road

Canterbury NH 03224     www.shakers.org     603-783-9511

Join us for the opening of a new exhibit in the Creamery Cafe showcasing the art of New Hampshire photographers Joe Reardon and Michael Sterling. Joe and Michael have been in regular attendance at the Village over the past several years, capturing the Shakers’ sense of style and simplicity of design in their photography of Village buildings and interiors. Whether a first-time visitor or a longstanding friend of the Village, you will be reminded of the beauty and wonder inherent to the landscapes of Canterbury Shaker Village.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member: Michael Sterling



Exhibiting Indefinitely


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The New Foundry Place Garage

100 Foundry Place

Portsmouth, NH 03801

A temporary exhibit that lines windows of the garage and showcases both the beautiful imagery and creative talent that exists in Portsmouth. 

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Members: Susan Hershey, Lawrence Elbroch, Ken Goldman, David J. Murray



Exhibit - Permanent Installment In Portsmouth, NH


'New Permanent Group Show Features Beautiful Large Prints of Work by Harry Licthman, Jerry Monkman, and David J. Murray'

155 Borthwick Ave

Portsmouth NH 03801

Contact David J. Murray www.ClearEyePhoto.com

The first floor public hallways of 155 Borthwick Ave in Portsmouth NH are now adorned with ~35 large art prints by area photographers Harry Licthman, Jerry Monkman, and David J. Murray. Building owner Michael Kane says his goal in displaying the work is to provide the many visitors who come to the medically-oriented building for dialysis, chemo infusions, and other medical treatments with a bit of beauty and distraction. The show was curated for Kane by Mary Jo Brown of Brown & Company in Portsmouth, NH, and a large information sign provides artist head shots, bios, and contact info.

NHIA members may find this installation interesting not only for the work itself, and for the evidence it provides that local companies are willing to devote significant dollars to purchasing and promoting the work of local artists, but also for the quality and medium of the prints themselves. Instead of having each photographer produce their own framed prints for hanging, The Kane Company licensed rights from each photographer to have all of the prints produced by a New York firm that specializes in large format high quality acrylic prints for corporate installations, and paid directly for all of the prints to be produced. The results are quite striking. Most of the pieces are at least 60" wide, and the largest is an 88" panorama. The acrylic treatment and large size combine to make these images really pop, while the uniform treatment lends a nice coherence to the show as a whole. You might enjoy checking them out, to see if this type of treatment would be of interest for your own work too.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member:  David J. Murray  



Member Feature Video

NHSPA member Dan Derby is the latest photographer to be interviewed for the local YouTube channel, 'The Creators'. Watch his session here as he talks about creativity, innovation, and his artistic evolution...

Dan Derby comes to photography after a career as a product designer and he brings to his new field skills to approach photography as what he calls "an image designer." His photos of rehearsals for performances, Back Stage, Back Story, captures moments often unseen, but for his camera's presence. He also captures coastal life in his black & white images around the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

SomeCityNow is a media creators center located in downtown Somersworth, New Hampshire. 
Your story - Your voice - Your Community - Your business, Located at 63 High Street, Somersworth we offer creative ways to get your message across.

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Dan Derby on the Creators of SomeCity 125

Photographers Gary Samson and Michael Sterling talk with The Creators host, Tom Jackson about NH NOW, a photo project documenting NH's photographic legacy through images that define the state in powerful moments around the Granite State today. Micheal Sterling is the president of the NH Society of Photographic Artists – NHSPA.org – which hosts NH Now. Both men talk about their own inspiration to create with cameras, from film to digital, iphone to DSLR to raw. Gary Samson also speaks about curating the photographs of the Farm Security Administration – FSA – that captured rural life in NH from 1937 - 1942.

NHSPA Members:  Dan Derby




Exhibiting Through May 12, 2019

'Faces Of Hope' Raising Awareness of Addiction Recovery and Support 

3S Art Space   Lobby Gallery

319 Vaughn Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801     (603) 766-3330     www.3sarts.org/gallery/faces-of-hope

The Faces of Hope that you see in the photography exhibit are just a few of the countless people whose lives have been affected by the pain of addiction. Their stories are personal and in telling them, they hope to reduce the stigma around addiction, and inspire others to tell their stories. In their faces we don’t see the weight of addiction. We see a future. We see freedom. We see hope. Recovery is possible.

Michael Winters is a photographer and Portsmouth High School counselor based in Dover, New Hampshire. He is inspired by classic cinema, fashion and the occasional run in with insomnia. michaelwintersphotography.com



Exhibiting Through June 25, 2019

Patricia Heal  Ally Schmaling  Luciana Pampalone  Maxine Helfman  Caroline Manion  

            Patricia Heal                    Ally Schmaling                          Luciana Pampalone                            Maxine Helfman          Caroline Manion            Dan Estabrook


Panopticon Gallery

502c Commonwealth Avenue 

(Inside Hotel Commonwealth)

Boston, MA 02215     (617) 396-7803     www.panopticongallery.com

Photography by: Luciana Pampalone, Ally Schmaling, Maxine Helfman, Dan Estabrook, Caroline Manion, Patricia Heal

Walk, glide, or sashay into Panopticon Gallery this spring for The Fashion Show, a stylish exhibition of art-forward fashion photography. From the pages of fashion magazines to our gallery walls, this group exhibition features the fashion work of five contemporary photographers Dan Estabrook, Patricia Heal, Luciana Pampalone, Maxine Helfman, and Ally Schmaling, as well as fashion illustrations by Caroline Manion.

Luciana Pampalone’s vintage-inspired, Hamptons-esque series of black-and-white photographs will have you longing for lazy summer afternoons in stylish swimsuits. Dan Estabrook’s dreamy portraits of Hari Nef for Marie Claire are printed in the 19th-century salt printing technique. Taking his inspiration from Gucci’s makeup line, Estabrook hand-colored Nef’s makeup and clothing with watercolors and other types of dyes.

Addressing issues of representation in the fashion industry, Ally Schmaling’s photographs of queer and trans models are show-stoppingly vibrant in their energy and color palate. Maxine Helfman and Patricia Heal’s portraits embrace elegance—Helfman with her regal portraits of actresses with their beloved canine companions, and Heal’s whimsical women in elaborate hats. Yves Saint Laurent famously declared, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Visit The Fashion Show for a different take on the preservation of style and culture long after the magazines have been recycled.