January 5 - February 3 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12 5-8pm 

Botanical Transmutations: Selections From The Form and Space Series - NATHAN SULLIVAN 

The inspiration for my work often starts with small and mundane things. I find meaning can be contained in the smallest things, and poetry in the simplest moments. My practice is bound in phenomenology and my focus is directed at experiences with the natural world – its space, time and physicality. My works are drawn and painted to present and reflect upon prosaic objects and moments in order to bring attention to the ignored, the forgotten, and the unseen. It is the microcosms that are entries to greater understandings. The Form Series explores the associative power of natural forms. By the alterations of scale, placement and context, the forms explored lose their concrete cognitive associations. The resulting images become indeterminate signifiers that viewers may readily associate with a multitude of objects and readings, resulting from their own experiences, and personal narratives. Through simultaneous recognitions, patterns emerge: natural forms beget associations of other, universal possibilities. The idea for the Space Series continues to seed its inspiration from observations of natural forms. The series reimagines these forms’ sources of origin, scale and orientation. The invented environments that these forms inhabit or create explore alternative evolutions. They imagine a world that may be after, without or elsewhere from the human centric world in which we reside. Neither an utopian nor dystopian gesture, the work seeks to create a visual space that is both unexpected and bewildering yet familiar enough to inspire contemplation of different ways of being and seeing. In a moment of recognizing the beauty that is to be found in the different, the unexpected, and the ignored, we are reminded of our fallibilities of judgment. My hope is that at its least, the work may stand as a prompt or aide-memoire; that value and judgment may be constructs; and that things of import may be in unlikely places, right under our noses, or feet. At its best, it may function to explicate multiplicity of the social order, of difference, in equal regard.

October 14 - December 16 

Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 5-8pm 


The Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire and 3S Artspace collaborate to bring Seacoast audiences FLEXTIME an innovative and immersive experience centered on sculptor David Katz’s wet-clay site-specific installation. Originally planned for exhibit at the Museum of Art by its Director Kristina Durocher, the curatorial aspirations expanded beyond the boundaries of the University’s campus gallery. Moving the exhibition to 3S’s soaring white-box gallery offered Katz space to stretch his sculptural practice.  The Gallery at 3S Artspace is thrilled to host FLEXTIME, and looks forward to inviting the public in to witness David Katz's installation process.


David Katz is a sculptor and installation artist who working primarily with ceramics and unfired clay and currently living in Providence, RI. David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 followed by a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics from Indiana University in 2012. David currently teaches at Ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI where he has worked since 2014 as a Visiting Critic, Assistant Professor, and Interim Department Head. Before working at RISD David was the Ceramics Technician and faculty member at Bennington College in Bennington, VT. David has completed residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City (2006-2008), Guldagergaard – International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark(2011), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN(2012-2013), and Watershed Center for Ceramics in Newcastle, ME(2014). David’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in both group and solo exhibitions in addition to numerous commercial acquisitions.

Artist Statement: David Katz

My work considers various aspects of the human condition, reflecting an awe and bewilderment at life and societal tendencies. I am interested in representing contradictions I perceive in human activity such as tendencies of expansive growth and restrictive constraint, vitality and impermanence, order and chaos. Fabricated ceramic components and found objects within my installations refer to the cultural artifacts constructed to support societies and represent the ways we live. The use of unfired clay as the primary substance supporting, consuming, and providing a backdrop for these symbols of social construct emphasizes the fallibility and temporality of life and the systems, structures, and innovations upon which we rely. Works are suspended in space as foreign interventions, encroaching on the comfort and expectations of viewers in hopes of exposing reflections of our accepted realities.


FLEXTIME was organized by the University of New Hampshire and curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art, supported by the UNH Arts Initiative. The UNH Arts Initiative is a donor-funded project that supports UNH arts programming in New Hampshire, taking the great art created in Durham to all corners of the State.  Additional support was provided by 3S Artspace.

October 7 - October 8

Opening Reception: October 7, 5-8pm

Catalyst: The Artist-Mentor Dialogue



Michele Johnsen
James O’Brien
Emily Belz
Michael Seamans

Artist Mentors:

Billie Mandle
Stephen Sheffield
Michael Oatman
Carly Glovinski

On October 7-8, New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) and 3S Artspace will collaborate on a pop-up exhibition featuring the work of 8 artists: 4 MFA alumni and 4 of their Artist-Mentors. The role of the Artist-Mentor is key in the low-residency MFA model, as it is this intense semester-long, one-on-one dialogue that offers sustained feedback, challenge, and support during the stretch between on-campus residencies. This exhibit will feature the artist-mentor relationship as a way of honoring that rich collaboration, and, more abstractly, acknowledging the vulnerability and courage it takes to engage fully in critique and dialogue. To consider art as a Catalyst is a bold and hopeful perspective—one shared by 3S and NHIA. At its best, contemporary art can generate conversation, new thinking, and rich engagement with social issues. This exhibit will be a vehicle for presenting that shared viewpoint.


Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 5pm - 7pm

Furniture Masters: Inspiration, Design, Technique

Sale of New Hampshire and Maine Prison Outreach Pieces Saturday, September 23 12 - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public

Furniture Masters: Reception and Silent Auction Sunday, October 1 Reception and Silent Auction: 1:00pm - 4:30pmLive Auction: 5:00pm Dinner with the Masters: immediately following the Live Auction $35


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22, 5-8pm

The Art of Watching: Privacy and the Public Eye - Lincoln Perry, Jakub Geltner, Nathalie Miebach, Laurie Frick, Barbara Hashimoto, Nikki Rosato, Will Sears, Jer Thorp

“The Art of Watching: Privacy and the Public Eye” brings together the IAPP’s collection of contemporary privacy art, more than 100 editions of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four, and various ephemera to the novel, to illustrate concepts of privacy and surveillance.

Since the first edition was published in 1949, there have been many hundreds of versions of Nineteen Eighty-Four published in dozens of languages. For each of these efforts, a graphic designer was confronted with the challenge of presenting the themes of the book in an accessible and compelling way.

Within the collection, you will find many images that seem cliché. Eyes, locks, doors and windows are all used as symbols of surveillance. But look at the evolution of these symbols over time and you will see everything from mid-century modernism to futuristic views of the 1960s to grim imagery of decay from the 1980s and 1990s. You will also see reflections of the eras in which each book was published. There are pulp-fiction covers that focus on the sexuality in Nineteen Eighty-Four; there are versions that focus on authoritarian power.

Together with contemporary works from artists Lincoln Perry, Jakub Geltner, Laurie Frick, Nathalie Miebach and others, the exhibit represents more than 60 years of artistic interpretations of the themes of privacy, surveillance, and political and social coercion – providing a fascinating view of the shifting perceptions of privacy through generations and across cultures.

June 2 – July 15

Large Woodcut Print Sessions
Opening Reception: June 2, 5-8pm
Dates of workshop: June 3rd – 4th, 2017


3S Artspace and BIG INK invites artists and community members of all ages to witness the wonder of fine art printmaking in action. Over the course of two days, visual artists from the seacoast region and beyond will converge at 3S Artspace to print giant hand-carved woodblocks on BIG INK’s 4’ x 8’ mobile printing press. The press, appropriately named, “The Big Tuna,” is a one-of-a-kind piece of printing equipment that travels to museums, arts centers, festivals, and schools up and down the East Coast. The rain or shine event, located at 3S Artspace’s gallery at 319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth, is free and open to the public from 10 am – 5 pm. Additionally, 3S Artspace will be curating an exhibition of BIG INK prints that feature past artists which will be on display from June 2nd until July 15th. The opening reception for the exhibition is June 2nd from 5-8pm, and is also free and open to the public. 

BIG INK, located in Florence, MA, has collaborated with creative organizations across the country. BIG INK’s director Lyell Castonguay has provided the means and equipment to produce countless woodblocks prints by over a hundred artists since the project’s inception in 2012. This event is sponsored by 3S Artspace, a Portsmouth nonprofit arts organization that combines the only midsize, flexible performance space of its kind in the area, a large, non-commercial gallery, and an affordable and approachable restaurant serving as a local hub, ideal as a gathering place for patrons and locals alike. 

Woodblock is the oldest form of printing. The process involves carving an image into the face of plywood to create low-relief handcrafted stamp. The areas that display ‘white’ on the finished print are cut away from the face of the plywood using a chisel. This leaves the original surface level of the plywood to define certain areas of the finished print as ‘black.’ The surface level of the wood is then covered with ink by way of a roller. Once inked, the wood is impressed into paper by means of “The Big Tuna” which transfers the ink resulting in a finished woodblock print.

“We're excited to show how this traditional art form is being practiced in innovative and exciting ways,” said Castonguay. “We're essentially printing these amazingly complex giant hand carved stamps which take months to create.” The event at 3S Artspace will include 13 participating artists that live locally or as far away as Rhode Island and Ohio. 

Those in attendance at the event will also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of smaller hand carved woodblock designs which they can ink and print to create their own mini masterpieces. “Inking a woodblock, printing it through ‘The Big Tuna’ and seeing the final image is a wonderful and rewarding experience,” says Jeffrey Fay of Willimantic, CT. Fay will be printing his 24” x 48” woodblock at 3S Artspace. He adds, “When you show your art making and get the community to actively participate, it’s a winning combination. It creates a deeper appreciation for the creative process.”

April 7th - May 20th

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 5-8pm

Knock On Wood - Scott Chasse, Kenley Darling, Thomas Dupere, and Damion Silver

This exhibition brings work relating to themes of luck and superstition together with work literally made of or on wood. This playful interpretation of “Knock on Wood”- said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck - is reflected in the self-taught, fine art / folk art aesthetic, which carries across each artist’s individual body of work.

Scott Chasse (curator for Knock on Wood and exhibiting artist) Born in 1974 in north-eastern Massachusetts, Chasse now splits his time between Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY. An obsession with “persona” and the implications associated with what one creates are themes that drive the varied bodies of work he has produced. His most recent paintings and sculptures willfully explore folk art and craft, allowing his background as a woodworker to infiltrate his fine art making. 

Chasse is the Founding Director of the Calico exhibition space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He works as a curator for exhibitions and commercial clients, and has over 10 years experience as an organizer for special arts events. 

Kenley Darling Kenley Darling is a New Hampshire based artist currently residing in the sea coast area. Her illustrations and paintings are often intertwined with the concept of good luck. Although over the years the images have changed, the line remains the same. She explores the ideas of superstition, folklore, and faith, from shooting stars and lucky pennies to mandalas and simple shapes. Luck has been a constant theme throughout. 

Darling’s most recent works focus on "the center”: a place that, within her art and herself, she explores with the belief that in this process there is only luck to be found. 

Thomas Dupere Thomas Dupere was born and raised in New England. He is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums and materials. A life-long skateboarder and a concrete skatepark builder by trade, he draws inspiration from the sculptural elements of building and riding these functional pieces of art.

Dupere’s endless travels and wandering has informed his perception and concept of creating art; imperfect perfection, a wabi sabi style. Allowing the process to dictate the outcome, his work is about the journey, not so much the destination.

Damion Silver Damion Silver was born and raised in central Connecticut and now lives in Northern Massachusetts. He is a predominantly self-taught artist who has developed his skills from trades such as animation inker, cabinetmaking, and foundry work. His latest body of work evolves his collage and assemblage techniques from paper to wood and metal. Utilizing found, made, and sometimes liberated materials, Silver draws influence from the decaying urban landscape and a lifetime of skateboarding on the East Coast.

Silver's work has been shown across the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. When not working as a design director, he is hanging out with his son and wife.

March 3 - March 26

Macro / Micro / Eco: Students from Portsmouth Middle School

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.”

October 2 - October 15

Show-Off: A Community Collaboration of Visual Art and Poetry 

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