11.22.19 - 1.5.20: Room for Memory

Heather Morgan (Somersworth, NH)

November 22 - January 5

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, November 22. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Additional reception during Art' Round Town (monthly art walk in Portsmouth) on December 6. 5-8pm.

Over You, oil on canvas, 52 x 68", 2018

Heather Morgan’s oil paintings depict figures (mostly women) that are performing their identities. It is a tense and fevered display, aching with self-consciousness. The possibilities for self-creation are illustrated in a succession of vivid characters based on the artist and her acquaintances.

Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant characters. These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething. Beauty quivers with pain and flaw in the distorted, luminous subjects that populate Morgan's paintings. These unflinching yet vulnerable pastel heroines become all the more unknowable, as they reveal themselves in their fractured splendor.

Heather Morgan bio:
Heather Morgan, painter chanteuse, is recognizable for sumptuous self-portraits and figure paintings that vibrate between an intimate vulnerability and potent self-possession. She received her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Yale. Morgan has had solo shows at David & Schweitzer Contemporary and Dacia Gallery in New York City, at Burkhard Eikelmann in Duesseldorf, and at Ladengalerie in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, at Steven Harvey Fine Arts, Lodge Gallery and Charlie James Gallery, among others. She has been included in several publications, among them the Berliner Zeitung, BOMB, Hyperallergic, Whitehot, ArtCritical and an art monograph published by Brooklyn Arts Press. Her work is featured on the cover of John Water’s newest novel, Mr. Know It All, published internationally in May, 2019.

More about the Artist Opening Reception on November 22:

At 7pm, Heather Morgan and her band Lovesick will be performing at the Opening Reception.
The band also features David Goolkasian (The Texas Governor, Elevator Drops), Nick Phaneuf (Soggy Po Boys, Tan Vampires, Novel Novela), Eric Ott (Eastern Sleds), Dean Ludington (Klown), and Terry Palmer.


At 3S Artspace, we are always looking for ways to honor the artists we present and offer new ways for the public to experience and appreciate art.

For the Room for Memory exhibit, selected creative teams will build supplemental installation "rooms," transforming the Gallery space housing Heather Morgan's exhibit. Each room will have a different wintry theme. Visitors in need of respite are invited to take a load off and hang out in these spaces to view Morgan's work, reflect, and share in the merriment of the season.

Design team leader: Jodie Curtis, Owner of Yarrow in Kittery
It is Yarrow's mission to bring the highest quality of organic and alternative options for gaining good health and wellness. They offer products, services + education to our community to help navigate the options that are right for their individual needs. Products, guidance and community for the head, heart, and home.

Design team leader: Doug Palardy, Founder & Designer for Seacoast Apart-Hotels LLC

Doug Palardy holds a degree in Theatrical Design from Bennington College. He has designed and founded five area hotels: Ale House Inn, The Hotel Portsmouth, Great Island Inn, The Inn Downtown, and the forthcoming Rye Motor Inn.

Design team leader: Rosamond Pickwick, Pitchblack Productions/Pickwick's Mercantile
Pickwick's is a wondrous family of intriguing retail and dining experiences in the Historic Bridge District. Pitchblack Production designs both commercial interiors as well as theatrical sets with visual flair through their abilities as aesthetic alchemists.

Design team leader: Jocelyn Toffic, Executive Director at The
Avalon North Collective
Avalon North is an educational and philanthropic organization founded by women for women. The mission of our social club and community gathering space is to provide a warm and engaging second home for rest and leisure-- encouraging the creative, intellectual, and emotional growth of every woman in our community. They donate 25% of proceeds from events and workshops to a different charity every month.

On select Fridays in December, we'll also be featuring live music sets throughout the night from 6-9pm. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while for the festive music, to enjoy a drink at the bar, and to explore the rooms in the Gallery.

Featured musicians:
12/6 - Chris O'Neill w/ Brian Killough
12/13 - Nihco Gallo
12/20 - Chris O'Neill


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