NH Open Doors

 

During this statewide tour, artists, craftsmen, and businesses owners are opening their doors with special activities and promotions.

  • Shop (tax-free) for locally-made art, food, and other products
  • Get an inside look at artists and craftsmen working in their studios
  • Taste locally-sourced products from food purveyors
  • Connect and engage with NH’s cultural heritage
  • Take the road less traveled and visit our main streets, big and small
  • Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views

 

Meet the Artist | Gretchen Hill Woodman

Gretchen Hill Woodman

On Friday, July 1, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of EYELINES, a solo exhibition of paintings, illustrations and objects by New Hampshire native Gretchen Woodman.

Connecting her interests in art and social science, including new branches of sociology, called Human Animal Studies and Anthrozoology, Woodman’s work addresses human practices and beliefs as they relate to other living beings. Through her investigations, she challenges our homocentric view of animals, and explores ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.

“The work is, in a word, stunning,” says Gallery Coordinator, Katherine Ferrier. “The combination of large scale, attention to the finest detail, and the insistence on direct eye contact with the animals invites viewers into surprising relationships with the animals, creating a palpable space of empathy in which to re-imagine how we go about sharing the world with creatures great and small.”

Gretchen Hill Woodman, an award-winning artist, is a NH native, with a life-long love of animals. Currently based in Nottingham, she earned her her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of New Hampshire, and her MFA in Visual Art from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  She has taught art in the public schools in Hampstead and Deerfield, and has been a NH Certified Art Educator since 2007. Her work has been part of group exhibitions throughout New Hampshire and New England, including those at The Sharon Arts Gallery, The Balsams, The Deerfield Arts Tour, the Portland Sidewalk Art Festival, and the NHSPCA Art Show and Sale. She is a member of the NH Art Association, both the NH and National Art Educator’s Associations, and the UNH Art Education Committee.  This is her first solo exhibition at The Gallery at WREN.

I have lived in NH my entire life, and there has never been a time when I was not involved with animals. I learned to draw them by “feeling” their curves with my pencil.  Through my investigations, I challenge our homocentric view of animals, and explore ways to close the empathetic void between non-human and human suffering.  Some of my pieces show animals out of control or restricted in some way, while others confront the viewer. My personal experience passes through the “animal” experience to speak for our non-human companions. I want my images of non-humans to evoke the weight of human experience.  As I explore my visual language, I encourage the viewer to consider other-than-human experience simultaneously with their own and to acquire a deeper consideration for the sentience of non-human beings.


EYELINES includes works in charcoal, colored pencil and pastel on paper, acrylic paint on acetate, as well as photography and small mixed-media installations. The exhibit is generously sponsored by Leigh B. Starer Design, and will run through the month of July. The Gallery at WREN is open daily 10am-5pm.

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