Throughout the month of July, Nahcotta will be exhibiting the work of Phoebe Bulkeley Harris, Danna Ray, and Lindsay Stripling. On view from July 7 until July 30, the opening reception will be held on Friday, July 7, from *6-8 p.m., concurrent with Portsmouth’s downtown art walk. (*Please note new time change regarding opening reception.)
Lindsay Stripling, based in San Francisco, creates dreamlike narratives that echo childhood folk and fairy tales. Incorporating animal masks, surprising sartorial choices, out-of-place animals, and lots and lots of rainbows, her work is both playful and unsettling, featuring a wide and varied cast of characters. Danna Ray, who’s been showing with the gallery for several years and hails from the Black Mountains of North Carolina, paints a dreamy and softened recollection of the woods and fields that are an intrinsic element of her upbringing. Her oil paintings depicting steep slopes, rocky creeks, ebbing tides, and far-off farmhouses convey a particularly serene and benevolent perception of her ever-changing environs. Phoebe Bulkeley Harris has been a part of Nahcotta’s Enormous Tiny Art shows for quite some time now and her work complements Stripling’s and Ray’s wonderfully. Living and working in Florence, Massachusetts, Harris' work is irreverent and charming, including a wide range of faceless characters in highly patterned clothing, experiencing mountains, plains, and windswept coasts paired with cheeky lines of text a la Raymond Pettibon.