Macro / Micro / Eco: Students from Portsmouth Middle School

Exhibit Dates: March 3 – March 26

Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-8pm

Macro / Micro / Eco showcases the work of several groups of Portsmouth Middle School Visual Arts Students. Together with instructor Anna Nuttall, students have drawn inspiration from plant life (and a few critters), from both land and marine environments. From perspectives beyond what the naked eye can see, artists explored Macro-lens views of plants and flowers, Microscopic-views of plant cells and cross-sections, and with the help Mike Doherty from the Seacoast Science Center, discovered the visual wonders and HUGE ecological impact of plankton. Through making the tiny, sometimes  "invisible" world HUGE and visible, artists hope to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and supporting our natural environment.  On show will be relief block prints, paintings, illustrations, digital art and more. Artists will be on-site for the reception on March 10. We hope you join us.

MACRO: Some artists explored the incredible power of the macro lens on looking at the plant-based world. We searched the world (wide web) for flowers and plants near and far to get inspired for some acrylic paintings. They then used our viewfinders to zoom in EVEN MORE and look for interesting, almost abstract compositions within their image. For many, this was the first time using acrylic paint! Some artists also explored these views and created digital works of art!

MICRO: Other groups explored the inspiring imagery provided through various microscopes of plants and plant parts. Students viewed cross-section views, cellular views, and some amazing images from electron microscopes. Artists then used that imagery to interpret and add their own colorful twist to in creating watercolor paintings, relief block prints, digital art prints, and mixed media works.

ECO: Our last group dove into imagery and themes inspired by what we see through the microscopic lens in our oceans.  While we discussed and viewed local fish as well, the small but powerful plankton (and other microorganisms) were our focus - what a world is in the water that we can’t see with the naked eye! Seacoast Science Center Marine Biology Educators visited the classroom and shared some incredible insight into the role plankton play in the health of our oceans - and what our oceans provide for OUR health! Mediums explored include digital art, acrylic painting, mixed media and more.

January 7 – February 18th

Assertions and Negations - Denise Manseau

Line whether drawn, painted or cut, printed, traced or implied is the scaffold upon which of much of Denise Manseau’s work is constructed.  Her paintings and drawings as well as cut paper structures are layered and meticulously worked to create spatial depth and fragile presence that invites long contemplation.

Entanglement - Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones will create a site specific installation in the 3S gallery, utilizing its cubic volume to envelop the viewer in a cacophonous mix of light and color that navigates the beautiful and treacherous space between image and form.

Inherent Growth: Rachel & Joe Montroy Exhibition
Garden of Earthly Delights:
Ellen Wetmore Exhibition
Exhibit Dates: October 21 - November 12

The three artists featured in December have each developed their own unique visual language of form and gesture. Their creations may seem familiar, reminiscent of those in our world, but they are subtly disruptive because, in fact, they are nothing we have seen. Filtered through the artist’s personal vision, they are hybrids that demand the viewer interprets and ascribes new meaning to them.   

Rise: Climate Change in our World Exhibition 
Exhibit Dates: October 21 - November 12  

The University of New Hampshire Department of Art and Art History will participate this fall in a collaboration devoted to the theme of climate change.  Since last year the department has been working with NextGen NH and 3S to develop an exhibition of art works by current students, alumni, technical staff, and faculty to be exhibited from October 21 to November 12, 2016.  

According to Prof. Craig Hood, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition is an “unprecedented undertaking by the art department, a collaboration with NextGen NH, an environmental advocacy organization which proposed the idea for the exhibition, and 3S Artspace, a major art institution in southeastern New Hampshire.  We think the topic is important, of course, and hope this sort of collaboration with groups and institutions outside the university community will become a more regular occurrence for our program in the future.”

Show-Off: A Community Collaboration of Visual Art and Poetry 
Exhibit dates: October 2 – October 15

An open invitation to artists and non-artists, poets and dabblers to bring the fruits of their summer labors and show-off on the gallery walls. Photos, poems, drawings, musings of all types. An all ages show!

NH Furniture Masters: Distinctive Exhibit 
Exhibit dates: September 12 - September 24

A juried exhibition of hand-made furniture ranging from traditional to modern art furniture. Featuring masterworks from world renown studio furniture makers and select pieces from the Prison Outreach Programs in Maine and New Hampshire.

On The Map: A Juried Exhibit with Christopher French
Exhibit dates: August 5 - September 3, 2016

For its first open-call juried exhibition, 3S called for submissions from contemporary artists across New England and invited nationally recognized artist and writer, Christopher French, of Long Island, NY, to select the artwork. 3S Gallery coordinator Janaki Lennie says, “The beauty of the open call exhibition is that it gives an opportunity to all artists in the community to put their work before a noted art professional for consideration.” 

Of the 65 artists selected for On The Map 26 reside in towns across NH. 17 artists came from throughout Maine, 15 from Massachusetts, with several from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The artwork represented a wide range of media across many disciplines including ephemeral suspended cut paper pieces, humorous collage and assemblage sculpture, video, photography, oil paintings at various scales and fine-detailed mixed media drawings and paintings.

The Order Of Things 
Kim Bernard: Hydrogen Atomic Orbitals
Randal Thurston: With A Notched Or Divided Body

Exhibit Dates: July 6 - July 30, 2016
Kim Bernard is a Maine based artist, showing her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Hydrogen Atomic Orbitals is an arrangement of thousands of 1" diameter black and red ceramic balls, clustered in patterns, hanging from the gallery walls. Typically known for her kinetic sculpture, informed by the basic laws of motion, Bernard finds inspiration for this installation in the beauty of mathematical functions.

Massachusetts based artist Randal Thurston makes site specific installations using cut paper silhouettes that evoke complex natural interwoven patterns. Thurston was born in Fall River Massachusetts, and attended what was Southeastern Massachusetts University and is now UMASS Dartmouth. He received a BFA in Printmaking in 1979 and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University graduate program and received an MFA in Printmaking in 1983. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of fine Arts in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Kohler center for the Arts in Sheboygan Wisconsin, the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln MA, The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Otis College in Los Angeles.

Welcome to the Bobhouse
Exhibit Dates: May 31 - June 25, 2016

Working from a bobhouse, or ice fishing shanty, situated in 3S Artspace, Rachelle Beaudoin created new pieces, performances and videos during the month of June. Bobhouses serve as an escape, a retreat and a seasonal rite. Working in this tradition, Beaudoin used the bobhouse as a studio. Removed from the every day routine, and given the time and space to create, the bobhouse studio facilitated the creation of new work. Like sugar shacks or hunting camps, bob houses are workspaces designed for specific tasks that also become social and communal spaces. The bobhouse studio residency generated opportunities for both solitary work and social engagement with gallery visitors. Although bobhouses are historically male dominated spaces, Beaudoin's bobhouse studio called to mind a Victorian cottage decorated in a sea of pink with New Hampshire-themed toile wallpaper. Originally designed as a mobile studio space for the frozen lakes of New Hampshire, climate fluctuations made it impossible for the bobhouse to be used as intended last season.

Rachelle Beaudoin is an artist who uses video, wearables, and performance to explore feminine iconography and identity within popular culture. She attended the College of the Holy Cross and holds a Master's degree in Digital+Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance Goldsmiths London UK, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi Finland, Itinerant Festival of International Performance Art, Queens NY, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn NY and the Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany. 

Big Picture
Exhibit Dates: March 19 - May 15, 2016

For three days in March (March 16-March 19), 3S Artspace handed over its gallery walls to 5 muralists from across the Northeast. Our 1,600 square foot space was primed, painted and ready for the participating artists to each compose a roughly 20' x 25' painting without restrictions on material or subject matter.

Participating artists included:

Scott Albrecht, New York, NY
Peter Flynn Donovan, South Berwick, ME
Pat Falco, Boston, MA
Karen Gelardi, Portland, ME
Tessa Greene O'Brien, Portland, ME