Archive for the ‘Hampton Arts Network’ Category

Today is opening day for Art In Bloom sponsored by the Hampton Arts Network and the Hampton Garden Club. The show is hosted by Partridge House. This is my second year to participate. I was blown away by the flowers that went with my artwork last year. This is a really fun collaboration. Members of the Hampton Garden Club interpret artwork done by members of H.A.N. and Partridge House hosts the exhibit and does a lovely opening reception as well.

Reception is tonight – June 10, 6:30 – 8:30. Please stop by and meet the participants, enjoy some of the lovely food Partridge House supplies, and participate in the raffle. If you can’t make it tonight, the show will be open tomorrow from 1 to 5 pm.

I have no idea what my floral artist has in store, but this is the piece I submitted. Seemed nice and summery to me.

Ethel Hills - Rhapsody - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 20" x 20"

Ethel Hills – Rhapsody – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 20″ x 20″


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Between traveling and working on the 30 in 30 challenge, I think I missed my painting of the week post last week. And I almost forgot this week as well.

This evening I participated in the Annual Hampton Art Walk. This is the 4th year for this event which is centered around the downtown section of our town. Last year our building wasn’t included, but this year we’re back. Ann Carnaby who owns Tracy Theatre Originals, my upstairs neighbor, invited me to share her space. As well as being a costume & prop supplier for theaters around the country and around the world, she also has a retail shop in the front of her store. She makes her own masks and sells all kinds of wigs, hats, props, makeup, etc. Lots of fun things.

She gave me a counter to display my work and we had a lovely evening. We had lots of traffic and favorable responses. Most people walked in, took one look at her masks and said “Oh, Wow!” And I received lots of nice comments on my art. One of the pieces that I included hadn’t been exhibited before. If’s fairly simple, but quite lovely. I thought you might like to see it.

Ethel Hills - "Blaze of Color" - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 7"

Ethel Hills – “Blaze of Color” – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 7″ x 5″

With the colors changing, this seemed like the perfect time to show this painting.

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The weekend after Memorial Day, Hampton Beach will be celebrating and we’ll be bringing lots of others with us. June 1st and June 2nd are the official dates of the Hampton Beach Grand Gala. It will be held at and around the new Seashell concert stage, part of the state’s $14.5 million renovation project.

As part of this celebration, Hampton Arts Network will be sponsoring various events, including “By the Sea”, an art exhibit under a tent.  That’s the piece of the celebration that I’ve been involved with. I’ve worked on lots of exhibits over the years, but this is my first time planning an outdoor exhibit. It’s been interesting. I’m not doing this by myself, but it still seems a little overwhelming. Like so many other things, the first time is a true learning experience.

I’m just hoping that my learning curve isn’t going to be painfully obvious the day of the event. We have 20 artists lined up and almost 50 pieces of art. I think the real tests are going to be the traffic and the weather. Let’s hope for the best on both counts.  The exhibit will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, June 2nd, just opposite C Street.

This is one of my pieces which will be on display. There will also be lots of more traditional work, including oils, watercolors, pastels and photographs.

Ethel Hills - "Day at the Beach" - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 12" x 12"

Ethel Hills – “Day at the Beach” – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 12″ x 12″

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Thanks to all who made the 2nd Annual Hampton Art Walk a success. Again this year, my landlords allowed us to use vacant space for a temporary gallery. John & Linda Gebhart did a great job cleaning up, finishing off and decorating the space. Take a look at how great it looked for the art walk!

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It’s that time of year again. The Hampton Art Walk will be bigger and better this year. It’s been expanded to two days, Thursday 10/6 and Friday 10/7, with extended hours, 4 to 8 pm. There will also be additional activities, including a community art project, an edible art competition on Thursday and the Pumpkin Challenge for professional chefs on Friday.

Please stop by my studio at 70 High Street to check out my new space and see what I’ve been up to. Our landlord has again allowed us to use vacant space in the building to showcase local artists, so there will be lots to see.

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Last weekend, the Hampton Arts Network put on a lovely event, “Mix, Mingle & Share” Membership Drive at the Saint James Masonic Lodge in Hampton. The board did a fabulous job of creating a welcoming environment for all of us. We had a chance to visit with other artists, meet new people, learn about the Hampton Arts Network, meet their board of directors and learn more of what they’re planning for the future. They’ve even established a wonderful newsletter full of lots of information.

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A big thank you to all the kind folks who came out Thursday night for Hampton’s first Art Walk. It was gratifying to see how interested folks were in checking out all the art displayed in venues around town. I met new people, visited with artists and connected with neighbors. All in all, it seemed to go really well. This came together very quickly, but we had great support from local businesses, the parks and recreation department, the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and even the local schools helped out. It was wonderful to see everything and everyone pull together. Thank you to all who made this possible.

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Hampton Arts Network started a few months ago to promote art and artists in town as well as connect artists. Our first event is the Hampton Arts Walk which will take place on Thursday October 7th from 6 to 8 pm. There will be decorated pumpkins at the gazebo, art in Depot Square, on Main Street, down High Street as well as down at the beach. We have a lot of artists already lined up, so it should be a great event.

My landlord is letting us use a vacant space at the front of our building. We’ll have at least 3 artists there and possibly more. Monte Nikkel will be open at Frog Hollow Wearable Art down the hall and Ann Carnaby will be open upstairs at Tracy Theatre Originals. It should be great fun!

Here are a bunch of us posing for a publicity photo.

Getting Ready for the Hampton Art Walk on October 7th

Getting Ready for the Hampton Art Walk on October 7th. Photo courtesy of John Gebhart

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