Bold & Brash! 2014 Season Exhibition


Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy
April 4- October 3
Opening Reception April 3, 2014
Discover Portsmouth

Academy Gallery
The largest and most dramatic exhibit of works by New England woodcarver John Haley Bellamy comes to Discover Portsmouth from April to October 2014. Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy explores the life and work of the man best known for his iconic and highly collectible American eagle carvings. The retrospective marks the centennial of Bellamy’s death and is highlighted by the release of a comprehensive and colorful new hardcover book by exhibit curator James Craig. American Eagle: The Bold Art and Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy debunks many myths, uncovers the secrets, and explores the legacy of the successful Yankee artist from Kittery Point, Maine. Widely considered the pinnacle of American woodcarving, eagles by John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) rank among such hallowed national symbols as the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and Old Glory.

Click here for details on monthly gallery talks, woodworking demonstrations, and other Bellamy programs. The opening reception is April 3 with tickets available online.

Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH and open from 10-5 PM daily with extended hours until 8 PM on the first Friday of each month. Admission to the exhibit is $8 and free to Portsmouth Historical Society members, children under 12, and active military personnel and their families. Group discounts are available. For more information call (603) 436-8433.

John Haley Bellamy, God Is Our Refuge and Strength eagle plaque: painted and gilded pine, ca. 1872–1900. [17 x 48 in.] Private collection.