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I have two exhibits coming up in September. Kind of odd, since I haven’t been doing much exhibiting the last couple of years. But that’s another story……


I’m really excited about both of these opportunities. The first one is at The Gallery at WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) in Bethlehem, NH. I’m exhibiting with two other NH artist friends, Rosemary Conroy and Ann Trainor Dominque. Although I’ve known both Rosemary and Ann a long time, this is our first group exhibit. “Color Love – 3 Artists, 3 Visions” will run from September 7th through October 1st. Our artists’ reception is Friday, September 7th from 5 to 7pm.

And let me tell you, it’s all about the color! There will be a roomful of vibrant color for you to check out. And in quite a range of sizes. I can pretty much guarantee that my pieces are the smallest, most of them ranging from 4 inches square to 8 inches square, the perfect size to tuck a bit of color and inspiration into a corner, a bookcase, or a nightstand. Ann and Rosemary will both have larger pieces, strong enough to hold the focus of your room. I think this is going to be an incredible exhibit with lots to offer both buyers and viewers.

Come on the evening of the 7th to meet the artists or come later in the show when it might be a bit quieter.


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The last exhibit of the season is up at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME. The reception is Saturday, September 12th from 5 to 7:30pm. The exhibit will run through Columbus Day.

I’ve included two small black & white abstractions.

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Last night, Saturday, August 29th, was the reception for “Transcending Reality”, the annual exhibit of the Abstract Artists’ Group of New England. It was a lovely reception – lots of conversation with both old friends and new acquaintances, live music by Barbara London and Rick Kress, lots of art to check out, fresh flowers as well as food & wine.
This is our largest show ever, with over 150 individual works of art by 20 artists. We even ended up with a small works wall containing lots of very affordable pieces of art 8” x 8” and even smaller. The exhibit will run through Saturday, September 5th at Newburyport Art Association, 56 Water Street, Newburyport, MA.
I’m always extremely proud of this show. Although we are not a juried group and we don’t jury the individual work, I still think that our shows are amongst the most interesting and the strongest exhibits at Newburyport Art Association.
You’ll find lots of color, lots of creativity, a variety of mediums and sizes. We have wooden sculpture, textile pieces, large oils, small oils, acrylics, collages, encaustic, mixed media, watercolor, pastels, and even mosaics. There are large pieces and small pieces and lots in between. And don’t forget to look for my mixed media collages while you’re there.

Here are a few of my pieces from the exhibit –

If you go to the exhibit, please let me know what you think.

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I know that there are lots of holiday art shows around. This year, I’m only doing two. The Small Works show at Emporium that went up last month and the Holiday show at NHAA which just went up last week.

The NHAA show is limited to 5 wall pieces per artist at a maximum price of $300. We hung that show last Tuesday and it does look great. There are lots of items to choose from – art, books, calendars, cards and even a few ornaments.

You’ll find my pieces on either side of the Christmas tree. They’re all small and brightly colored – the perfect thing for a cold winter’s day.

I hope you find the absolute right piece of art either for a gift or for yourself. It’s a great time to buy art, because there are so many options. Most every gallery and art association has a holiday show going on and there are all the open studio type events as well. Happy hunting!!

If you’d like to see what I have on exhibit here –

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And a special note – to make shopping easier, the gallery will be open 11 to 9, Wednesday through Sunday.


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Earlier this week, I delivered work to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for the show Driven to Abstraction which will run through then end of February. It was fun because several of us came at the same time, so we all got a chance to catchup and see some of the work that would be in the exhibit.

This is a colorful show and lots of fun. And this is a great place for an exhibit of abstract art. Children are much more accepting of art in all it’s forms. They seem to be less likely to get caught up in the kind of questions that adults often ask such as – what is it? what does it mean? I think children are more likely to just look at it and enjoy it.

If you’re in the area, please check out this exhibit. Tess Feltes, curator for Gallery 6, always does a fabulous job of selecting and hanging the art. And if you have children, even better. Look at the art through the eyes of a child and enjoy it just that much more.

These are my pieces which are included.

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Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the reception for the “Women Artists of the Seacoast” exhibit at Main Street Art in Newfields, NH. So, a few days ago, we went over to check it out. It looks great!

I must say that Heather Park, curator extraordinaire, did a fabulous job of both selecting artists to include and placing the work in this wonderful space. The work will be up until the middle of August. If you live nearby, Heather & I  invite you to visit the exhibit. If you like my work, this is a great chance to see a lot of that work in person.  There are 25 pieces of my work on display, ranging in size from 6″x 6″ to 12″ x 12″, not to mention the work of Laura Harper, Sam Paolini, Courtney Sanborn, Molly Dowd Sullivan & Liz Wilson.

Check with Main Street Art for hours or setup an appointment with Heather to view the exhibit.



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Yesterday, I packed up a pile of paintings and dropped them off at Main Street Art in Newfields, NH. Next week, they will be hanging “From There to Here:  Women Artists of the Seacoast” featuring 6 women artists from the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Since my work is small, I dropped off a nice selection to pick from.

I was excited when curator, Heather C. Park, asked me to be  a part of this exhibit. I’ve been checking out websites for the other artists and can see that it’s going to be quite an interesting and fun exhibit. I’m just really sorry that I can’t be there on Friday to meet the other artists. Heather assures me that there will be pictures from the opening.

If you manage to get there, please let me know your impressions.

Here are a couple of the many paintings I dropped of. I’m not sure if any of these will make the final cut.


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There are two juried art shows in my area this time of year and delivery was last weekend. Good news and bad news. I was accepted into the Prescott Park Arts Festival Open Juried Exhibition at Sheafe Wharf in Portsmouth, NH, but was turned down for Regional Artists: An Open Juried Show at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME.

For me, one of the fun things is to be able to do some of the behind the scenes “stuff”. On Sunday, I helped with take-in for the show at the Barn Gallery and then stayed for the jurying. Take-in is actually one of my favorite volunteer jobs, because I get to see what everyone’s doing and I get to meet and catch up with fellow artists. Jurying can be interesting or boring, partly depending upon the process and partly depending on the juror. Michael Culver was the juror this year and he did not have an easy job. We had something like 206 pieces, which he edited down to somewhere around 80-85. I’m anxious to see what the exhibit looks like now that it’s hung. It’s a strong show and it’s going to look even better once the official hangers get a hold of it. I can’t make the reception on Saturday, so I’ll have to sneak in some other day to check out the final product.

Today, I’m working on the hanging portion of the exhibit at Prescott Park. This is always an interesting process because of the constraints of the building. Most of the work is hung on movable hinged panels which presents a different kind of visual challenge than a rectangular room. We do however have an excellent “hanging committee”, so I’m sure it will go well.

Want to see what got in and what didn’t? These two pieces didn’t make it into the Barn Gallery Exhibit. One of the advantages of being there at jurying was that I know they weren’t the first ones eliminated. The other thing I noticed is that the piece on the left was eliminated first. Interesting, as I’ve always wondered about the relative merit of the two pieces.

And this is the one that did get into the Prescott Park show. And today I’ll get to see how great this exhibit is going to look.

Ethel Hills - Color Block #13 (8 inch panel) - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 8" x 8"

Ethel Hills – Color Block #13 (8 inch panel) – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 8″ x 8″

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Today was a work day for me. I’m a member of the Ogunquit Art Association, OAA, and today was the final day to have work photographed for the on-line preview of our annual Art Auction. So I spent the afternoon moving paintings down to be photographed, checking tags, and then moving paintings back up the stairs to be stored until the end of July when the pieces will be hung up in preparation for the auction on August 2nd. Although a fair amount of work, it was also fun. It’s nice to get a sneak peek at the auction!!!

We have something like 75 pieces that will be online in the next couple of weeks – our first on-line auction preview. I’ll post a link when I have that information.

I’m very excited. I put 3 pieces in the auction. Wish us luck!!!

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This year has certainly been slow for painting. The first week of February and this is my first painting of 2014. This is one of several small “Shelter” paintings that I have in process. These have not been going together easily, at least so far.

Although these are in some ways much more representational than most of my work, I’m still enjoying them. I’ve been playing with fairly simple patterns and have combined that with the somewhat 3-D effect of layers of paper collage.

Ethel Hills - Shelter #10 - Mixed Media on Panel - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Shelter #10 – Mixed Media on Panel – 7″ x 5″

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