What Artists Look Like – 2017

Jay Goldsmith

Photographer Jay Goldsmith

Exhibition opens at Discover Portsmouth

Portraits of local artists & their work,
Friday November 3 – Saturday December 23, 2017
Opening Night – Art ‘Round Town Friday November 3 5-8pm
Sketching in the Gallery, discussions with artists – Free All Ages Programming

“Discover Portsmouth is the ideal venue for Jay Goldsmith’s exhibition that employs vintage techniques. The historic 1813-era Academy Building once housed the studio of Samuel P. Long. In 1839 Long produced the city’s first photographs on this very spot. It all started here.”
– Richard Candee, architectural historian

Photographer Jay Goldsmith could not have worked harder. In an age of instant digital photography and high-speed inkjet printers, he missed his old darkroom. Goldsmith’s exhibition, “What Artists Look Like,” is an homage to the days of crisp black and white images and hand-made prints. The free exhibition features unique portraits of Seacoast artists, and runs from Friday November 3 to Saturday December 23 at Discover Portsmouth, when the institution closes for the winter.

A wedding and family portrait photographer by trade, Goldsmith has created beautiful and deeply rewarding images of Seacoast painters and sculptors.

Experimenting over many months, Goldsmith has photographed local artists in their studios including Julia Barrett ~Hannah Cole Dahar ~Jane Copp ~Brienne Cosman ~Jodi Edwards ~Chloe Feldman Emison ~Christine Erickson ~Sarah Flause ~Marina Forbes ~Ree Katrak ~Wendy Kaye ~John Lecours ~Kimberly Massaro ~Jane McDonnell ~Elaine Miller ~William Mitchell ~Jill Nooney ~Tori Rasche ~Janet Robbins ~Anne Scheer ~Francesca Schwab ~Diane Stradling ~Kathleen Studebaker ~Robert Thorensen ~David Zebra.

In three decades as a commercial photographer with partner Julia Russell, Goldsmith has won several awards for his natural-light family and children’s portraits. His portraiture relies to a great extent on a sense of place. “What Artists Look Like” comes from that same environmental tradition. The exhibition will also include one to two creative works by each of the artists depicted.

Exhibition chair and historian Richard Candee points out that Discover Portsmouth is the ideal venue for Jay Goldsmith’s exhibition that employs vintage techniques. The historic 1813-era Academy Building once housed the studio of Samuel P. Long. In 1839 Long produced the city’s first photographs on this very spot. “It all started here,” Candee says.

A special Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 3, from 5-8 pm during Art ‘Round Town.

​Sketching in the Gallery
​Free All Ages Programming!​​

For three Saturday mornings during the Goldsmith exhibition, we’ll be holding all ages programming free to the public. Artists young and old are welcome to grab a pencil and paper and sketch in our beautiful upstairs gallery at Discover Portsmouth. Use the inspiration of local artists to create your own masterpiece. Meet artist Jane Copp on Saturday, November 11 and Kim Massaro on Saturday December 2nd!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10am-12pm
Sketching in the gallery and discussion with local artist Jane Copp

Saturday, November 25

10am-12pm
Sketching in the gallery

Saturday, December 2

10am-12pm
Sketching in the Gallery
10am-11am
Discussion with local artist Kim Massaro

Exhibition Sponsors

All of our exhibitions and publications are made possible through the support of our membership and trustees. Many generous sponsors also helped underwrite this effort. We are most grateful to The Fuller Foundation, Inc., and Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley & Roberts, PA.
Fuller Foundation

Hoefle