PLYMOUTH — The annual faculty exhibition, the personal and collective drawings and paintings of Jayne Adams, and Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China will all open at Plymouth State University in September. In addition, an exhibition of Nightscapes by Annette Mitchell will continue through September 27.
An opening will be held on September 10, 4–6 p.m.
Each year, PSU art faculty show their finest current work in the opening exhibition of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. Diversity of approaches, both formal and conceptual, variety of media and their usage, personal and societal thematic statements and fine craftsmanship demonstrate the gamut of faculty involvement in their respective disciplines. This exhibition is especially important to the educational mission of the art department as the work on display sets a standard for the students throughout the year.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1–4 p.m. The Gallery is closed PSU holidays.
Jayne Adams, Identity: The Personal and the Collective Drawings and Paintings will be exhibited at the Silver Center for the Arts, September 8 – October 5. An opening reception will be held on September 12, 4–6 p.m.
Viewers will experience the powerful and dynamic touch of the artist in her presentations of people in their natural, day-to-day moments. Adams' inspiration is the human form, and the figure in environments, in communities, and the self.
Adams has received three Currier Gallery of Art Awards from the New Hampshire Art Association and the Currier Museum. She has also received the Lacroix Award for painting, the Holland Sister's Award and more. The Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays; noon–6 p.m. on weekends and is closed on PSU holidays.
Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China will be exhibited at the Lamson Library, September 30–December 20
Dean of the Library David A. Beronä will curate an exhibition of works from Frans Masereel's visit to China, with selections from his folio China Memories (1961), and various Chinese woodcuts from the portfolio Woodcuts of New China (1956). Masereel first studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1907. He started his career as a political cartoonist, where he was expected to read the news, develop a theme and create a drawing quickly, but his lifelong love of woodcut was his predominant mode of expression. Masareel created more than 50 wordless books.
Annette Mitchell: Nightscapes will be exhibited at the Lamson Library, through September 27
Nightscapes is a series of 12 paintings of sites in and around the Plymouth area, painted in 2012. Mitchell used acrylic paint on archival paper to interpret local landmarks like Beyond the Bean Bakery in Plymouth, the old high school in Ashland, The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, and Huckin's tractor barn in Holderness. The series demonstrates her love of sharp contrasts, a color palette in low natural light and her appreciation for living in New Hampshire.
Mitchell is perhaps best known for her printmaking process using foam block prints, but she enjoys working in a variety of media and genres including quilting, painting and drawing. She has been New Hampshire Educator of the Year and has artwork in the permanent collection of Southern New Hampshire University. Artscope Magazine selected Mitchell as one of 13 artists to profile in their March/April issue.
Annette Mitchell, painting, Ashland High School