“Harbors & Habitats” – an exhibit featuring the artwork of local artist Barbara Zolli Albert.

Opening reception:  Thursday, October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.atlantis

Harbors & Habitats features paintings that explore the vitality created by integrating man-made habitats and natural seascapes in the harbor life of coastal cities. “My sky/sea/architecture landscapes show how people and urban industries change New England’s natural settings with harbors, buildings and bridges,” says Albert.  “There is beauty in both natural and man-made.”

She paints abstractly, making visual “puzzles” that “encourage viewers to discover unintended images that speak to them,” Albert adds.  “I often find familiar ‘places’ in the colors, textures and shapes my palette knives create, following their lead and letting them tell their stories.”

Barbara Zolli Albert has a Bachelors in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art, and a Masters of Museum Studies from the State University of NY at Cooperstown. “In the 1960s, Massachusetts College of Art students flocked to the new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, hoping to meet Andy Warhol,” say Albert. “And we did. It was an exciting time in the art world – one of sound and light – where creativity was expressed in film, interactive installations, and silkscreened soup cans.”

She has taught art at all grade levels in public and private schools, junior colleges and adult education, and operated a clay sculpture studio in the Waltham Arsenal. She was Director of the Drake Well Museum in Pennsylvania from 1990 to 2012 and has exhibited her work at Clark University, Danforth Museum, Everson Museum, Brockton Museum, Boston Visual Arts, Impressions Gallery, Milton Academy and University of Massachusetts Boston.

Albert began painting seriously in 2008 (age 65), retired to NH in 2013 and was juried into NH Art Association (Levy Gallery, Portsmouth) in 2014. She has been President of NHAA since 2015.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the Seacoast area since 2014 at the Levy Gallery and Sheafe Warehouse in Portsmouth, Newburyport Art Association in Massachusetts, the Portsmouth Discovery Center, and the Dover Children’s Museum.