Art Show

Showcasing the Work of New England Artists

ON OUR WALLS
DYLAN HAIGH: BELLRINGER

November 1 - December 31, 2019

For his latest suite of work, multidisciplinary artist Dylan Haigh uses abstraction and symbology to create a travel journal cataloging both vivid and hazy memories.

Haigh runs HAM, a collaborative brand identity studio based in the Seacoast, in addition to being a visual artist, and crusty-old-motorcycle-enthusiast. He maintains studios in Portsmouth, NH and at Chase’s Garage in York, Maine.

Check out the full show online in our gallery store.

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ON OUR WALLS | SHOW UP OR SHUT UP: FLYERS FROM THE ELVIS ROOM

October 1 - October 31, 2019

Co-presented by The Press Room and Elvis Room 20, “Show Up or Shut Up” offers a history of Portsmouth’s short-lived but long-venerated World Famous Elvis Room. Part of Elvis Room 20, a community-wide retrospective marking the 20th anniversary of the venue’s closure, the exhibit tells the story of the Elvis Room through more than 150 preserved show flyers, event calendars, and other DIY promotional material from its archives, including artifacts collected from bands, fans, and friends.

During its six-year stint in the ‘90s, show flyers were an important and ever-present voice of the downtown venue and the artists who shared their music from its stage. These paper tokens—motley, rough-hewn, and full of character—are stand-ins for the myriad performers and patrons who “showed up,” turning this oddball coffee shop into a mini-mecca in its day and the stuff of legend ever since.

PAST ARTIST: BRIAN NEVINS

September 1 - September 30, 2019

New Hampshire native and adventure junkie Brian Nevins trains his lens on next corner adventures, adrenaline rushes, eye opening moments. His journey began with producing editorial features for action sports and adventure magazines, a career that paints the pictures of athletes and musicians; it’s all about the story. His style is molded from years of deep snow, reeling ocean perfection and the characters that told the tale along the way. He’s a Brooks Institute graduate, Surfer Magazine freelancer at large and co-instigator for GetInTheVan.com.

He is a surfer, rider and hiker full of heart. Camera in hand; dying to share the moment.

ARTIST RECEPTION: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 6-8PM

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PAST ARTIST: JESSE BOULEY

May 1 - August 31, 2019

In his eye-catching recent work pop artist Jesse Bouley plays with scale, color, and texture to transform mundane objects into iconic imagery.

The large-scale paintings repurpose vintage comic book characters, old advertisements, and cameras. These subjects are rendered in a smooth, stylized manner and—at first glance—with a bold simplicity. A closer look reveals Bouley’s meticulous process and use of unexpected materials like cut vinyl, and gold and silver leaf. Painted on wood panels—stark and perfect against the pattern of the grain—the subjects’ relationship to their backdrops seem temporary, as if at any moment they might peel away like stickers imbued with life, underscoring the artist’s intent to aggrandize.

Bouley is based out of Western Avenue Artist Studios in Lowell, MA and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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PAST ARTIST: FLYN COSTELLO

March 1 - April 30, 2019

Flyn Costello’s recent work considers the environment shared between animals and people. As we build—to provide ourselves shelter and comfort—we impose upon the natural world of wild creatures, forcing them to seek alternative resources and opportunities in our shared spaces. With a bold simplicity and matter-of-fact sense of humor, her paintings highlight the often absurd ways in which space and resources overlap: a bear eating a Slim Jim out of the trash, a seagull snacking on McDonald’s french fries in a parking lot.

Costello is a resident of Portland, Maine and a graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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PAST ARTIST: JOEY CARTER

November 2018 - February 2019

The striking, contemplative photographs of Arundel-based artist, Joey Carter, hangs through the end of the year. Carter is a filmmaker and photographer living in Maine, capturing light and life. Chasing early morning sunrises, surf, snow, and three young daughters.

His work is a direct reflection of his passions: he’s spent months at sea filming reality TV for the Discovery Channel’s Lobstermen and Swords, helped create five independent surf films and numerous documentaries. He continues to find inspiration through experimental concepts and meaningful storytelling.

Interested in showcasing your art on The Press Room’s walls? Get in touch!

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