John Paul Jones House 2018 Exhibition

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Hundred Years of Women’s Art from the Seacoast

Throughout history, women’s art (and contributions by women in all fields) has often been “overlooked and undervalued,” regarded as inferior to art created by men or relegated to the world of decorative household crafts. Nevertheless, working within these confines, and often coping with the demands of child-bearing and child-rearing, women have created important works of art, broadly conceived, often notable for great technical skill and inventive approaches.

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Sketching in the Gallery – Free for All Ages

Sketching at Discover Portsmouth 2017
For sixteen select Saturday mornings in 2018, artists young and old are invited to grab a pencil and paper and sketch in our beautiful Balcony Gallery at Discover Portsmouth. Use the inspiration of the four local artists, Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow, and Pamela duLong Williams, all on display in “Seacoast Masters Today,” to create your own masterpiece. On select Saturdays, local artists will be in the gallery to work with you and provide insight into the artwork.

Sketching in the Gallery Dates:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am-12pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10am-12pm

Gertrude Fiske: American Master

Fiske

With Companion Exhibitions
Seacoast Masters Today
Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Discover Portsmouth 2018
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Curated by Lainey McCartney

Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961), a Weston, Massachusetts, native who painted in Portsmouth, is an American Master. She was a favored student and then the peer of several American Impressionists, including Edmund C. Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and Charles Woodbury. Critics and peers alike identified her genius as residing in how she ‘sees,’ and this gift of ‘seeing’ made her more independent than many. This independence set her apart.

Select Friday Lunchtime Guided Gallery Tours

For ten select Fridays in 2018, visitors to Discover Portsmouth are invited to a special gallery tour. Join our exhibition curator or curator trained guides for an in-depth look at the remarkable art of Gertrude Fiske. (click here for dates)

Private tours are also available upon request for a fee. Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information.
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Four Seacoast Women Featured in New Art Exhibition

Seacoast Masters Today

Seacoast Masters Today

April 6-September 30, 2018
Member’s Opening Gala: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Art ‘Round Town, Friday, April 6
at Discover Portsmouth

In a companion exhibition to Gertrude Fiske: American Master, along with a second companion exhibition, “Sisters of the Brush and Palette,” four Seacoast women artists are highlighted. They are making their name today with the same drive and passion as Fiske and her peers. They are: Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow, and Pamela duLong Williams. [Read more…]

Sisters of the Brush and Palette

Sisters of the Brush and Palette

April 6-September 30, 2018
Member’s Opening Gala: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Art ‘Round Town, Friday, April 6
at Discover Portsmouth

Hot Sand

Anne W. Carleton, Beach Figures (also known as Hot Sand), 1930s. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.

Ladd Doorway

Susan Ricker Knox, Ladd Doorway, ca. 1917. Photo by Jeremy Fogg.

In 1896, art journalist William Howe Downes noted “every year we see more of these sisters of the brush and palette coming forward as doughty competitors to the men.” Recognition of the increasing number of successful women artists, especially in Boston, came a generation after Massachusetts mandated art education for all public schools. Other states followed suit, followed by the establishment of specialized college training and a profitable publishing trade in teaching aids. [Read more…]

Lunchtime Exhibition Tour – Free and Open to the Public


For ten select Fridays in 2018, visitors to Discover Portsmouth are invited to a special gallery tour of Gertrude Fiske: American Master. Join our exhibition curator or curator trained guides on an in-depth look at the remarkable art of Gertrude Fiske.

Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, June 1, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, June 29, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, July 27, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, August 10, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, August 24, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm
Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00-12:45pm

Lunchtime Exhibition tours have limited space.

strong>Private tours are also available upon request for a fee. Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information.

Gertrude Fiske’s Studio

 

To be in Gertrude Fiske’s studio is to sense her restless mind, to see her hands mixing colors on her palette and then confidently, with the brushes she knows so intimately, bringing light to the canvas before her. For those of us who are not artists, it is to be awed by the wonder of an artistic being. This video was produced by Steve Sanger of oneminutebrands in conjunction with “Gertrude Fiske: American Master,” a major exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Gertrude Fiske Exhibition Catalogue Available

Gertrude Fiske, American Master

Gertrude Fiske: American Master
with Sisters of the Brush & Palette and Seacoast Masters Today

Softcover, 8¼ x 9, 108 pgs, color & bw, ISBN 978-0-915819-47-8. $35.00
An important contribution to the literature on American art of the early twentieth century. T​he first study of Fiske to appear in decades, this book re-evaluates an often-overlooked but extremely talented American Impressionist painter. Using many unpublished works and new research, Carol Walker Aten and Lainey McCartney give us a fresh look at the career of this strong, independent woman. A complementary essay by Richard M. Candee examines three of Fiske’s contemporaries — Susan Ricker Knox, Margaret J. Patterson, and Anne W. Carleton — and the book concludes with a look at four female artists — Amy Brnger, Donna Harkins, Sydney Bella Sparrow and Pamela duLong Williams— who pursue independent careers in the Seacoast today​.​ Read More and Order Online!

Read more about the Exhibition

This year, look for our Gertrude Fiske note cards, available in our museum shop opening April 1.
Exclusive boxed note cards, Gertrude Fiske: American Master.
Set of 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs $18.95

Art ‘Round Town 2018

Amy Brnger, Chicken and Sushi Picnic

Amy Brnger, Chicken and Sushi Picnic

First Fridays 5-8pm
April – December
at Discover Portsmouth

About Art ‘Round Town

Portsmouth art galleries celebrate this “inspired, intimate urban community with big city style” by presenting Art ‘Round Town Gallery Walk the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm year round. Portsmouth Historical Society participates in this wonderful event during its open months: from April – December. And as with many of the galleries in town, it uses the monthly event to launch new exhibitions and related programming. Art ‘Round Town fulfills our mission of helping people discover Portsmouth history, arts and culture. Coming up this year: [Read more…]

The Making of the Next Blockbuster Exhibition

Gertrude Fiske: American Master

By J. Dennis Robinson
Posted Feb 11, 2018, SeacoastOnline
Adam Brooks and Laney McCartney with Fiske painting
Photo: Adam Brooks, director of exhibitions at Portsmouth Historical Society, and curator Lainey McCartney, display one of 73 paintings in the upcoming Discover Portsmouth exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” This powerful work, “The Geranium” (c. 1924) has been recently conserved by Jeremy Fogg at Anthony Moore Painting Conservation in York, Maine, for the exhibition opening April 6 and running through Sept. 30. (Kathleen Soldati courtesy photo) [Read more…]