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This exhibit features the artwork of Hampton artist, Eric Ebbeson.  The Gallery will host an Opening Reception for the exhibit on Thursday, April 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to come and see the exhibit and meet the artist.  Light refreshments will be served.  Check out this blog post from Kathy Dutton who attended the opening reception and interviewed Eric.

20180225_134059-1“Like countless other artists before me,” Ebbeson says, “I find my inspiration in nature. I love the ‘Magic Places’ on this planet, and I use my hiking boots and kayak to go to them and create. I find peace and joy there and I hope that those who see my work can feel that as well. I am particularly drawn to the ‘edges’ of things: Mountaintops, the place at the edge of the continent where sea, land, and sky meet, riverbanks, twilight, sunset, dawn.”

“In Buddhism, it is said that we can sometimes get a glimpse of our true nature and perhaps a foretaste of enlightenment through the transformative power of Music, Art, and Nature,” continues Ebbeson. “Creating art for me is a form of meditation. I would wish that anyone who sees my art may be able to share in my experience of inspiration and serenity that these places have given me.”

Eric Ebbeson received his BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College in 1968. He has taught art at the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY (1968-1970), and at the Hampton Academy Middle School (1970-2006). He has exhibited at many galleries in New England, including the SAS Gallery in Exeter; Yikes! Gallery in Center Harbor; The Laughing Moon in Plymouth, MA and Bridgeton, ME; Terra Perma in Laconia; The Newburyport Art Association Gallery and Annie’s in Newburyport, MA; The Luna Gallery in Salem, MA; The Gallery at Prescott Park, the Lincoln-Levi Gallery and Tulips, all in Portsmouth, as well as a solo art show at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket. 20180217_123925-1

He has also illustrated two books, “The Ambiguity of Autumn,” a collection of poetry by Jeff Volk; and a children’s book, “Luna and Floyd Visit Their Grandparents,” by Lauren Levine. He taught drawing at the Brush and Palette in North Hampton, NH for several years, and also ran a monthly drawing and meditation group at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center.

In an expanded “artist’s statement,” Ebbeson elaborates in more detail on his art journey:

“I have always loved art. I used to draw (badly) as a little kid constantly. I have several artists in my extended family, and my parents were very supportive, sending me to local community art classes when I showed an interest. Perhaps one of the most influential art experiences in my childhood was the fact that when we went on vacation (myself, my parents and my sister) we would usually take an afternoon and the four of us would all draw the same scene in front of us. They would always turn out quite differently, but we were able to realize that they all had something different to say about what we saw. I remember particularly drawing “Motif #1” in Rockport, Mass., Lake Chocorua  with the mountain in the distance, and the rocks on the NH coast, not far from where I grew up.

“I attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, where I took art classes from William Abbe, then went to Dartmouth College where I received my degree in Studio Art in 1968. While there I had the great fortune to study with and learn from many well-known artists including Walter Murch, Joseph Hirsch, Richard Anuszkiewicz, William Christopher, George Tooker and Ivan Albright.

“While I was at Dartmouth I discovered Serigraphy, also known as silk screen printing. I learned from a local resident who had previously designed and printed posters for the original Theatre-by-the-Sea in Portsmouth, NH in the 1960’s. In 1967 I ran a free art program for disadvantaged youth in Portsmouth.

“One of my mentors and an amazing artist herself at this time was Jane Dwyer, of the NH Seacoast area. I would take any class and/or workshop she offered, mostly in drawing, and this became the foundation of my artistic work. I believe that drawing is the key to successful art, as it is the structure upon which all other forms of artistic expression are based-painting, printmaking, pastel, even sculpture.”