Galletly Gallery at New Hampton School hosts several exhibitions each year, covering a range of themes and mediums. The current exhibition Possessed features the works of eight New Hampshire artists. Our school is preparing to welcome the artists for an evening of conversation with students, faculty, and community members. The artworks in Possessed reflect and comment on the idea of possessions and obsessions through the artist’s personal relationships with things both physical and conceptual. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday, September 27, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
About the exhibit
Each of the participating artists engages with the idea through the lens of their personal experience and their own choice of media. “Some of us are obsessed by thoughts or memories. Others by objects.” The artists ask, “Do we possess the objects in our life, or do they possess us?”
Objects in our environments tell stories. Which objects are precious, and why? Some use paint to document the stories. Others use words and mixed media. Artist Gail Smuda writes “there is comfort in the memories we possess and objects can be a touchstone for those memories. With the passage of time, we often can’t tell the difference between our actual memories and the stories those around us have repeatedly told us. Is your childhood memory real? Or is it the story you were told so many times you count it as your memory? Can you tell the difference? Does it matter?”
Exhibiting artists include Gail Smuda, Elaine Caikauskas, Adele Sanborn, Annette W. Mitchell, Donna Catanzaro, Susan Huppi, Pat Wild, and Suzanne Pretty. Hailing from central and southern New Hampshire, these eight artists’ core connection is through the collaborative community of Women’s Caucus for Art, New Hampshire chapter (WCA-NH). Many have created and exhibited their work together over many years through the WCA as well as other venues.
Visit the gallery
The exhibit, open through October 5, is free and open to the public. Galletly Gallery is located on the second floor of New Hampton School’s Moore Center and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to noon.