"Ropomogo" opens at The Studio on Sunday, March 9

LACONIA — The March exhibit at The Studio, 50 Canal Stree,t Laconia, is "Ropomogo", small, highly personal work by New York artist Mark Bloch. The small watercolor drawings, from the artist's sketchbooks, will be on display through April 2, but on Sunday March 9 the artist will be on hand to discuss the work and explain something about the origin of it at an opening reception from noon to 4 pm.

Bloch's artistic CV is expansive and impressive; there is a Wikipedia entry on his work and exhibit history. But as Melissa McCarthy, owner of The Studio, explains, that isn't what attracted her to the "Ropomogo" series. "Mark was posting these exquisite paintings on line, and I loved them. I couldn't tell if they were large or small, on canvas or paper, just that I loved them. When I learned that they were all in his sketchbooks I wasn't sure if he'd even be open to exhibiting them." Bloch, however, was enthusiastic, and the two are collaborating on how best to show the art.

"Ropomogo" is on view in the gallery at The Studio, 50 Canal Street Laconia during regular hours, Wednesday - Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-3; other times by chance or appointment. Call 603-455-8008 for more information.