The New Hampshire Women’s Caucus for Art has quite the membership. We’re talking well over 100 ladies, all of who just happen to be good artists.
So when the exhibition committee put the call out for entries for its summer show at Kimball Jenkins, it’s no surprise that the response was overwhelming. ‘A Second Look’ feature right around 100 pieces from more than 60 members.
“We have a very diverse group,” said Marcia Wood Mertinooke, a member of the exhibition committee who put together the show. “So we get a lot of variety.”
The show is so large that it required both the Carolyn Jenkins Gallery in the Carriage House and the Jill C. Wilson Gallery in the mansion of the historic Concord estate.
“All that space was available for the summer so we jumped on it,” Wood Mertinooke said.
And while the women’s caucus has no issue filling an exhibition space, this show has a fun twist.
They were looking for works that had either never been shown or perhaps not accepted through the jury process, pieces that had gone without recognition or appreciation.
“We thought it was a good time to showcase all these works,” Wood Mertinooke said. “And we have a very active chapter who are eager to participate in these kinds of exhibits.”
So ‘A Second Look’ gives that art a chance to shine.
“With such an open theme, people were jumping at the opportunity,” Wood Mertinooke said.
It really is a cool idea because artists must have catalogs of their work that has never fit within a show theme before or sadly, been told thanks but no thanks.
‘A Second Look’ will be up through Aug. 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Just leave yourself plenty of time because as we said there’s a lot of pieces – ones to examine, stare at and envision in your home.