Kim Ferreira | 2012 December
Oil paintings by Kim Ferreira, featuring an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes.
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Repeating Patterns: The Tortoise & The Hare

I recently, became interested in Aesop’s fables, in particular, the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  I found myself identifying on a very personal level to the timeless story of the dynamic duo. Intending to depict the simple story of a wildly impatient hare in contrast to a slow poke turtle, the series came to represent an epic journey of unconditional love and all of the emotions that go along with it.

 

Repeating Patterns: The Tortoise & The Hare opens December 7th at Three Graces in downtown Portsmouth.

 

The Tortoise & The Hare: Under Control, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2012.

 

The Tortoise & The Hare: Faith, Force, Lure, Chance, oil and acrylic on panel, 30 by 24 inches, 2012.

 

The Tortoise & The Hare: Tempting Fate, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2012.

 

This exhibition is bittersweet as it marks the end of Three Graces Gallery. I’ve been the owner/curator of this special place in Portsmouth, NH since opening in 2004. I put my heart and soul into the gallery for nine years, and found myself wanting to put my heart and soul into other things.

Join us at the opening Reception, Friday December 7th, 5-8pm in conjunction with art ’round town. This exhibition runs thru December 31st and will be Three Graces’ last exhibition. Thank you for an amazing nine years! xx

Graceful Exit

 

A lovely article by Chloe Kanner appeared in the week’s Wire. She writes about my decision to close the gallery and describes the new body of work for my upcoming show! I am so thankful to have this article to look back on and remember what the gallery meant to so many artists and people in my community.

“In classical mythology, the Three Graces are goddesses of human creativity, and have stood for and served as muses for many artists.

Three Graces Gallery in downtown Portsmouth has done much the same. It has forwarded the careers of all the talented artists that showed their work under its sign, an image of the goddesses immortalized by Italian painter Raphael.

While owner Kim Ferreira is understandably proud of how the gallery has promoted other artists for the past nine years, she has made personal sacrifices to do so, including putting her own artwork last.

For this and other reasons, Three Graces will close at the end of this year. Its last exhibit will be the first solo show of paintings by Ferreira, opening with a reception during Art ’Round Town on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.”

Read the rest of the article here.