Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merrry Christmas from 263 Art Gallery!

Nashua art gallery celebrating artists who exhibited there in 2011
                                                          Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011

NASHUA – It has been said that art is the international language, crossing all cultures and creeds.
That certainly holds true at the 263 Art Gallery, as a cosmopolitan group of artists will be gathering for “Holiday Celebrations,” commemorating the wide number of practitioners who have exhibited at the gallery over the last year.
The reception, which will take place from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, will feature works by Marilene Sawaf, Hsui Norcott, Albine Vermot Gaude, Gay Gawron, Suzanne Binnie and Alene Sirott-Cope, of Hollis; Pat Steiner, of Nashua; Jacqui Hawk, of Dunstable, Mass.; and Donna Howard, of Burlington, Mass.
Many of these artists hail from different parts of the globe: Sawaf is from Lebanon, Norcott from China, Hawk from Scotland and Vermot Gaude from France.
“The gallery has been in business for over a year,” said Hawk, who helps with publicity. “Every month, we have an Artist of the Month exhibit. This is the end-of-the-year celebration, featuring all of the artists who have exhibited here over the year.
“We’re inviting the public to a wine and cheese reception, where they can meet with the artists and discuss their work.”
The approaches that the artists bring to their productions are as varied as their origins, Hawk said.
“I’m a mixed-media artist,” she said. “I work with anything involving texture – wax, glass, decoupage, modeling clay. Marilene, on the other hand, is an oil painter, Hsui paints with oil on silk and Donna is a very whimsical artist.”
Hawk says one of the aims of the gallery is to promote local artists and their work.
“I don’t know why, but there’s a real resurgence in purchasing original art,” she said. “I personally have sold 33 paintings this year, which is quite significant for an emerging artist. There’s definitely an upward swing, which is so encouraging given this tough economy.”
Given that 10 percent of all sales at the reception will be donated to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, it’s only natural that one of the exhibitors, Sirott-Cope, should have made a vocation out of creating pet portraits.
“I started in professional graphic design and somehow ended up in pottery,” she said. “After that, I switched to making jewelry, and that was my profession for a while. Recently, though, I’ve been focusing on pets, including dogs and cats.”
This sort of subject matter makes an ideal holiday gift, Sirott-Cope said.
“I get a lot of work over the holiday season,” she said. “I have three dogs myself, so it was kind of a natural thing to combine my love of pets with my art. I believe that the 263 Gallery has about eight or nine of these pieces on display right now.”
The move into pet portraiture is a new thing for Sirott-Cope, as she started producing them only over last summer.
“I was admiring the work of some of my friends, who work strictly in oils or acrylics, and this inspired me to go into the fine arts myself,” she said. “But instead of painting portraits, I decided to combine painting with Photoshop. I just fell in love with the idea of portraying these little stories that people have around their pets.”
Sirott-Cope discovered there was a definite need for pet owners to reconnect with their companions that have died.
“I had one customer who had a pet that had passed away, and he wanted to memorialize him by having a multimedia portrait,” she said. “Prior to that, I had just been creating portraits for people who loved their cats and dogs. Now, however, I’m getting work from those who want to remember their pets in this way.
“I thought that it was such a good idea that I portrayed two of my own pets in this manner.”
Sirott-Cope’s approach to the work is a combination of technology and fine art techniques.
“What I do is to take a photo that I either scan or someone e-mails me,” she said. “I open it in Photoshop, filter it a couple of different ways and print it out in color. Then I go over it with colored pencils and finish it off with pastels. After that, I’ll either mount it on a tile or a piece of board and pour resin over the top.
“When the resin dries, the piece looks like it’s covered with glass. Not only does that protect the artwork, but it also gives it a nice finish. I then fit it with wire for hanging and ornament it with little ceramic bones. That gives the piece a nice whimsical feel.”
The artists in the exhibition are heavily involved in community outreach, Hawk said, and are finding creative ways to bring arts into the public arena. One recent event was organized by Art-Reach, a Philadelphia-based organization devoted to bringing the arts to under-served audiences. Each year, its programs enable more than 15,000 people with disabilities or economic disadvantages to gain exposure to artistic activities.
“Through Art-Reach, all of the artists painted a 6-foot by 6-foot mural in the lobby of St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua,” Hawk said. “The objective was to promote art in the context of a healing environment.
“In another event, Donna Howard and I painted a series of bras that were auctioned off to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation.”
Hawk sees the efforts of the artists have made a definite stride toward exposing the public to all that the fine arts have to offer.
“The main thing is that the 263 Gallery has really put art on the map,” she said. “It encourages artists to pursue their dreams and connect with the community as a whole.”
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Great Christmas party at 263 Art Gallery. December18th

Alene Sirott Cope waiting for the party to start

Alene's creations
Hsiu, Pat and Bud
Gay Gawron's art, by the way, the color of the candy wrappers was matching thanks to Merryll, our Christmas party decorator

Pat and Bud Steiner

do you see me in the mirror, Pat?

Marilene Sawaf paintings, meaning my paintings

 Steve Obermiller brings his friends to the party, here with Robert
MR Lee smiles surrounded by Hsiu and Pat

the gallery upstairs

the food upstairs with Monika's family

what did you say Jacqui?

why do you look at my painting Bruce?

music at the gallery

the room downstairs, lot of people there with all that chocolate and nuts

Fred, Bruce and Derek

Suzanne Binnie and Hsiu Norcott

Carole and Merryll

women talk

our guest Rosemary greeted by Hsiu

our best customers and friends

Hsiu, Pat and Bud

Bruce and Carole

Monika and Albine

Jean and Derek

Bruce and Fred again?

Hsiu sells a painting

Robert, Suzanne and Monika

what did you say Albine?

oh no, another sale? go for it Hsiu, you just sold him a painting of a lion!

Rosemary and Hsiu
did you see what I saw?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Steve Previte at 263 ART GALLERY

Special Exhibit to be held at 263 Art Gallery
Stephen Previte of Hollis will be the featured artist for the entire month of November in a special exhibit and sale to be held at 263 Art Gallery located at 263 Main Street, Nashua.
Previte is a local teaching artist who has received many awards for his oil paintings throughout New England for the past 30 years. Come to meet and speak with him at a gala opening reception on Saturday, November 5th from 12 to 6 P.M. Light refreshments will be served.
This coincides with the Nashua Art Walk of which 263 Gallery will be participating in. The Art Walk is a free event that will showcase local artists and creative downtown businesses.
In addition to the featured exhibit, there will also be an eclectic selection of other fine works of art in various mediums from a number of other great local and regional artists throughout the gallery.
For additional information contact owner Pong Maynard at 603-321-0233.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meditation nigts on Tuesdays

      Come and join us for Meditation nights with Pat Steiner

  • If you need to connect with your inner self, to meditate to unfocus from the daily stress,
  • If you need to create new images in your mind to be used in your next paintings,
  • to learn about the healing power of stones and of inner life,
    I am happy to inform you that Pat Steineri has started meditation nights on Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 8.15pm at 263 Art gallery located at 263 Main street in Nashua, NH
    Come and meditate in an gallery environment surrounded by ART and Beauty
    The suggested fee is $12. for  guided meditation and relaxation followed by  creative conversation and discussion where healer and sensitive reader Pat, will guide you and explain the imagery you envisioned, the power and meaning of your inner visions
  • Patricia L. Steiner, BA, MA

October exhibit: Suzanne Binnie and Paul Devine.

October by Suzanne Binnie

 Boston painting by Paul Devine

Suzanne Binnie and Paul Devine will be displaying their artwork at 263 Art Gallery during the month of October
A small reception will be given on October 22nd, 3 to 6 pm
The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
263 Art Gallery is located at 263 Main street in Nashua,NH

Suzanne Binnie grew up in a family of artists as her mother and two sisters are talented watercolor and pastel artists. Suzanne was educated atPenn State University and Tyler School of Art, and has also studied with Janet Walsh, Tom Lynch, Stephen Quiller, Margaret Huddy, and Susan Abbott.
Watercolor is Suzanne's medium of choice because she loves the effects andluminosity it can achieve. Her subjects are varied and range from landscapes and seascapes to floral and wildlife.
Suzanne believes that her art is a journey in self-expression. She believes we all see things differently and she tries to convey her perceptions through her paintings. Although she has been painting since childhood she is still fascinated by watercolors and every painting is a challenging experience.
Over the past ten years Suzanne has entered many juried shows and has been placed and received honorable mention on numerous occasions. For many years Suzanne has been teaching watercolor painting to beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Her style of teaching includes art theory and her goal, especially for beginners, is to ensure a thorough grounding in watercolor technique using sample paintings allowing students to quickly produce finished products. She teaches primarily in her home studio and always welcomes enquiries from new students.
Recently Suzanne became enthralled with the art form Zentangle® and has quickly adopted it as an outlet for her talent, creating her own patterns and pieces of art. Suzanne is now a Certified Zentangle Teacher
Paul Devine was born in Boston in 1951, and attended Massachusetts College of Art. He has worked as a trade show exhibit designer, cabinetmaker, draftsman and mechanical designer. He now spends much of his time drawing and painting the suburban and urban landscape in the Boston area.

His work has been shown in solo and group shows including the Danforth Museum, Western Avenue Studios and Northern Essex Community college.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

art consulting lessons

Art consulting sessions by Marilene Sawaf and Jacqui Hawk

 Did you ever get to the point in your career of an artist where you wished you would do more to market yourself  but don't know where to start?
 Taking pictures of your paintings, work on these pictures to make them computer ready, start blogs and maintains blogs are all skills that are invaluable to today's artists.
 Also finding galleries, knowing how to approach these galleries, what to send and not to send, how to frame or how to mat a painting, what is in vogue and not in vogue in the Art World, all this information is important if you want to make it as a successful  artist.
 We will talk about resumes, personal statements and organizing newspapers clips.
 There is also all kind of information about Associations and which ones are the best for you..
 Also many artists go into too many directions, they don't know where to focus  and what to disregard in their  creations. They need guidance and encouragement..
 Another big issue is how to contact newspapers, create publicity for yourself using Facebook, magazines, newspapers,Twitter, Google and newsletters
 For help in all these issues, Jacqui  Hawk and myself  are starting a  small consulting business for artists.We would give lessons on all these issues or would do the work for the artist if they are  too busy to do it themselves..We would follow them to their openings, take pictures or videos of their paintings and edit them.
 We would upload them to their  personal blogs or send the PR to newspapers.
 We would be available to meet privately or in a group.
In the past 30 years, along with painting full time, I did a lot of volunteering in the Art World including the  Publicity, the Demos and the Historian  for the  Nashua Artists Association. I organized 50 years of Art History for their books.
 I now manage this blog and many others for myself, professional galleries and artists.
 .During my career as an artist, I joined many association and exhibited in Museums where I was awarded prestigious awards. I also joined many  top galleries among which the  the Copley Society of Boston.
 It just dawned on me that I could share this journey of mine with other artists.
 Jacqui Hawk is also an accomplished artist who has been doing a tremendous amount of marketing and gathers great crowds thanks to her positive energy and charisma.
 For more information, you can reach me at or 603-4652013 or
 Fee: $30 per hour for consulting or $25 per hour for blog work..

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jacqui Hawk and Donna Howard

Jacqui Hawk and Gregory Skaff

our youngest friend, Kelly Scrima

here is Hsiu

Alene Sirott  Cope

Donna Howard

Jacqui Hawk and Donna Howard had an exceptional Opening for their Art exhibit. Many came from all over to see their latest creations and many paintings were sold