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H2O Film on Water review

September 7, 2009

"H2O Film On Water" at Newport Mills is a must see. As you enter the large exhibit room, the sound of water surrounds your soul, and infiltrates your ears bringing instant tranquility. The special lighting on the various exhibits creates a dramatic atmosphere. Neatly placed on both sides of the room are 20-juried videos, which run about four minutes apiece. Each artist has depicted an aspect of water and how it affects our lives. I enjoyed each water video on a different level because they were so diverse in technique, presentation, and subject. The artists brought their own take on the work by using color, black and white, people, animation, and various sources of water. “Sounds on Water” mesmerized me as I watch the black and white presentation of a body of water moving in different rhythms, coupled with the sound of water in the background. Since I love spending the day in the water and believe I am part mermaid, it was pure Nirvana for me.  In addition to the videos, which were in a competition from across the United States, there are impressive displays from artists with galleries in New York City and beyond. The artwork in “alleverythingthatisyou” was created by Mike and Doug Stam. Made with archival inkjet prints and varnish, it portrays an array of snowflakes each uniquely different. The artists are twins, have two studios, and featured in Fine Art Magazine in April 2009, and The New York Times magazine in March 2009.  Some of the 21 artists represented are...
Photographer, Daniel Wheeler represented in Los Angeles by Duncan Miller Gallery.  Joey Morgan, whose artworks and multi-disciplinary installations were shown in site-specific contexts and gallery exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Denmark, France and across Canada.  June Ahern has galleries in New York City and New Haven CT and has an exhibit made with mirror tiles “In Depth.”
Peter Brooks has a group of paintings on a new collection of Poems by Charles Wright titled " Sestets," and his works been shown throughout the US.  Photographer Stephen DiRado has been exhibiting his photographs since 1983. DiRado is the Photography Senior Lecturer in the Studio Arts Program in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Clark University. His black and white exhibit " Jump" is an interesting study of people on Martha’s Vineyard jumping from the American Legion Memorial Bridge into the ocean 18 feet below.
This week, winners of the video competition winners will be announced, prizes are First Place $5,000, Second place, $2,500 and third place, $1,000. Denise Markonish, Curator at Massachusetts MoCA, judged the videos. However, I have a heads up on first place, and the winner is Deborah Wing-Sproul of Cape Elisabeth ME for “Tidal Culture: Part II (Newfoundland)”  This event is sponsored by Great River Arts a New England-based arts center to support and nurture visual and literary artists and provide regional youth programs. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing faculty from the literary and visual arts disciplines to teach in the Connecticut River Valley and other select locations. Great River Arts also provides opportunities for regional schools to supplement their visual arts and creative writing programs with in-school offerings, as well as with after-school opportunities for young people in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Cynthia Reeves, founder and Creative Director of Great River Arts, is the acting Creative Director for "H2O: Film on Water." Reeves owns Spheris Gallery in Hanover, New Hampshire – the partner gallery to Cynthia-Reeves in New York City.  Hours for the exhibit are 11-5 Thursday through Sunday, and it runs until November 7. Although Admission is free, there is a $5.00 suggested donation. This is a multi site exhibit with venues also at Brattleboro Museum, VT., Spheris Gallery, Hanover NH, and Great River Arts, Bellows Fall VT.  Newport is fortunate to have a wonderful exhibit and organization for its community. Thank you to Great River Arts and Bill Ruger for this opportunity. 


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