SANDWICH — The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery will be hosting an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 for Clare Mowbray's photography exhibit "Under White Oak Pond". The gallery is also planning an event on August 1 for an exhibit of artwork and a reading from a book, both having to do with clothing.
Mowbray lived and worked in Holderness. She was a lover of nature and all the beauty that surrounded her on land and especially in the water. The underwater world shot at White Oak Pond is a symphony of light, color and shape. This place is still and peaceful but also delightfully colorful and happy. The flora and fauna seem to live in a surreal world where little is there to disturb them. Mowbray described herself as a mermaid. She loved to be in and under water. She was a skilled photographer and the gallery is happy to exhibit this series of underwater images.
"Clothes Call" opens on August 1. Sandwich artist, Ashley Bullard and Moultonborough author, Art Neufeld will be celebrated at a gallery party from 5 to 7 p.m. Neufeld will talk about his new book, The Invention of Clothing and autograph copies. Ashley Bullard's new series of paintings "Look to the Laundry" will be on the walls. Finally, the gallery is calling for clothing. Guests are asked to bring lightly used clothes for donation to the Lakes Region Food Pantry and Thrift shop in Moultonborough.
Bullard is a dynamic artist who lives and works in North Sandwich. Painting is a passion for the mother of two. Bullard's energy explodes on her canvases in a vibrant palette of greens, purples, oranges and pinks blended into an abstracted landscape that is just discernable. She loves color and she loves shapes. In this series the clothesline is the common thread. A clothesline is a universal necessity in that people everywhere dry their clothes on some form of line. It is a connection that can be shared by all. Whether at peace or war, in the country or city, people are drying clothes every day.
Neufeld's thoughts about writing "The Invention of Clothing" began when Neufeld came across a droll witticism by Mark Twain, "Naked people have little or no influence on society." Neufeld wondered: Where would we be without clothes?
"The Invention of Clothing" tells the story of the clothes we wear and how they came to be. In these pages are the origin of denim and why jeans became an American icon; a Chinese Empress who unravels the secret of a cocoon to discover silk; and the creation of Velcro after a walk in the mountains. Neufeld is informative and entertaining as he writes about how wearing clothes helped us conquer the world, and what dressing sexy is all about.
Arthur H. Neufeld, PhD, was a scientist and professor for more than four decades, serving on the medical school faculties of Yale, Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, and Northwestern. His research specialized in diseases of the eyes. His previous book, "Hair, The Long and the Short of It," takes readers on a heady romp through this distinctively human characteristic. Neufeld lives and works in Moultonborough.
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 on Sunday. For more information visit www.patricialaddcarega.com or call 284 7728.
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