Hopkinton gallery features water-themed artworks

John Hoglund

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Sher Kamman

Sher Kamman Courtesy—Copyright © 2011 Sher Kamman

Ann Saunderson

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Published: 04-09-2024 3:00 PM

In the upcoming exhibition at Two Villages Art Society (TVAS) in Hopkinton, three artists explore the subject of water in all its guises, from tides to tears. The exhibit opens Saturday, April 13 at the gallery at 846 Main Street in the village of Contoocook. The exhibit opens with a reception, free and open to the public, at from 12 to 2 p.m. Light refreshments are available and music is provided by Brad Myrick.

Painter Ann Saunderson and photographers Sher Kamman and John Hoglund worked with curator Rick Lugg to create the show, titled “Water Works.” All three exhibit widely in the Concord area and collaborated on a previous exhibit at Two Villages Art Society called “No Straight Lines: the Nature of Hope.”

“Water is the essence of our planet and our lives. It runs through all our days, whether in the form of tears, ice, snow, steam, fog, clouds, and rain,” says Lugg. “Water can carry us away or let us float. It can carve its own course or show us the pattern of the wind.”

Each artist invites viewers to explore the subject of water in his or her own way. Their work includes abstract and realistic paintings and artistic photographic compositions, in both vibrant colors and subtle tones.

John Hoglund, of Bow, trained and worked as an engineer and shifted his focus to photography after taking courses at what is now the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Design. He is fascinated by the lines of dams, mill buildings, and other structures, as well as the delicate lines and shapes of nature.

Ann Saunderson, a former art teacher, now paints full-time in her Loudon studio. She works with a variety of mediums to create expressive, textural paintings that toggle between abstraction, landscape, and figure.

Sher Kamman is drawn to the magic created as light touches landscape and ordinary objects. As a photographer and psychologist, she aims to bring in the light to expose the hidden beauty in both people and landscapes.

Two Villages Art Society’s gallery is open to the public free of charge Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. The “Water Works” exhibit closes May 11.

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