Ten Piscataqua Painters
First Edition Hardback
9″ x 9″ square
128 pages, 120 pages of art (10 chapters).
Crowdfunding Goal was $8,500
Funds Raised $12,895
Ten Piscataqua Painters is more than just putting an art show of ten regional painters into a coffee table book. There are grander schemes afoot. It’s . . .
• Another arts platform. Print, in this case a coffee table book, can reach a wider audience of art lovers who may not attend gallery openings, but still need a way to discover and explore the genius around us. A coffee table book can make art both more accessible and less intimidating by showing a whole body of a painter’s work exploring specific visual ideas. A coffee table book can even reach art lovers who don’t yet know they are art lovers. Not to mention the different experience a coffee table book gives in allowing the viewer to spend much more time exploring a painters vision.
• Arts community building. These books recognize a larger arts community than any individual city or town. They celebrate the arts community of a larger region—the Piscataqua River watershed straddling the southern NH &ME border and all the tributaries that feed into it. We feel strongly that the more a community is aware of and supports its local genius, the more grounded and sustainable it is. Members of the visual arts community come together in this book in various ways, the painters contribute their visions, creative professionals invest time and talent to produce and market it, art lovers collect and gift copies of it, and art patrons (businesses, orgs, and individuals) support the effort with generous donations because they recognize the community benefits.
• Supporting local artists! Support local where ever you can but support local art especially. Our region is particularly blessed with outstanding painters! Here are ten of them we think the community should know about. Every dollar we can raise beyond our crowdfunding target to get the book on press starts putting money directly into the pockets of not only the ten painters contributing in the book, but the creative professionals who have also invested time and talents to produce and market the book.
• An ongoing series. We are building on our success with Ten Piscataqua Photographers, and after Ten Piscataqua Painters we have several more categories of visual artists to present in the coming years as coffee table books, before beginning the cycle over again.
• An educational tool. This book opens a window into the worlds of ten different visual storytellers. It teaches what regional artists are up to. It teaches that art is not just about decoration, art has things to say. These artists have things to say. A book in your hand is an intimate way to take the time to explore, and see, as well as listen to what they’re saying.
• An historical document. The Piscataqua region has a rich art history in painting, and Ten Piscataqua Painters presents a snapshot of what’s happening among some of its painters today.
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Many thanks to all the wonderful Piscataqua painters who answered our Call for Entries and sent in website links and folders of images for portfolio consideration. We regret we could not include everyone. The ten painters below were chosen not only for outstanding achievement, but also to represent a wide diversity of style, subject matter, media, and geography. You’ll find no two portfolios in this book are alike. By no means are we saying these are the best ten painters in the region, rather we think these are ten diverse and outstanding painters the community should know about and celebrate. Please come see some of the work up close and meet them at our exhibit and book signing event at the Portsmouth Public Library in early November, 2021.
—Terrence Parker, Landscape Architect, Sculptor and Muralist, South Berwick
If you think painting should be fun and bring joy, excitement, and a smile to your face, then there is plenty to choose from here. There’s the obvious fun, fun of Gordon Carlisle’s humorous embellishments of paint-by-the-numbers canvases, the color fun of Tom Glover’s nearly abstract fish and dockside vignettes, and the scary fun of Beth Wittenberg’s Basquiat-like take on life during the pandemic.
—Stephen Foster, Fine Art Dealer, Historic Preservationist, Portsmouth
I know the Seacoast well. I have lived here for over thirty years. But flipping through the pages of Ten Piscataqua Painters offers a delightful reflection of these places, spaces and faces I know but can now see through the brush strokes of others. Whether Jan Waldron’s low light pouring across the yellow green salt marsh or Bill Paarlberg’s watery peek into a blue shadowed alley, Ten Piscataqua Painters offers a new look at an old place we call home.
—Mary Johanna Brown, Brown & Company Design, Rye
—Trevor F. Bartlett, Graphic Designer, Portsmouth
—Marjan Frank, Gallerista, Kittery Point
—Roger Cole, Piscataqua Aficionado, Kittery Point
—George “Butch” Heilshorn, Counselor, Distiller, Author, Dover
—Peggi McCarthy, writer/actor, Generic Theater, re:Ports., NHIA, Norridgewock, ME
—Cary Wendell, Mural Works, Department of Theater and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy, Norridgewock, ME
—Nadine Perry, Blackthorne Gallery, artist, Hampton Falls
Ten Piscataqua Painters is an eclectic mix of style and subject matter that captures the mood of places and situations both local and in the mind of the artist. Each work sharing rich impressions of the life that surrounds them.
—Tom Cocchiaro, Photojournalist, PR professional, Portsmouth
—Herb Moyer, Financial Professional, Photographer, Exeter
—Rob Karosis, Photographer, South Berwick
The Ten Piscataqua Painters book was designed as coffee table book to expose you to the variety of master painters who are creating their art in the Piscataqua watershed region and to inspire and influence future artists.
—Mary Liz Lancaster, NH Art Association, Dover
In loving memory of Brigitte Gefrich
Doug & Karin Nelson