PORTSMOUTH – Two New Hampshire Art Association artists have collaborated to combine their works in a show titled, “2 Visions: Barns,” that will be on display in the East Gallery of the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery during July.
Painter David Zerba has joined photographer Carol Van Loon in creating an exhibit that has special meaning for both of them.
Born and raised in the Lakes Region, Zerba is received a BFA from the School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
As a senior graphics designer at Nason Design Associates in Boston, Zerba was the recipient of numerous awards in art direction and package design. He was also the owner and designer of Ocean-O-Grafiks, an imprinted sportswear retail business with locations in Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
When Zerba sold the business and returned to New Hampshire, he rekindled a hobby he had as a teenager – acrylic folk art paintings.
“My work is a reflection of my interest in folk and primitive art, and greatly influenced by my background in graphic design,” he said. “I refer to my paintings as designs and barnscapes.”
Zerba often incorporates the use of vintage materials and repurposes them to complement the paintings and frames.
“Zerba paints the shapes of barn frames on what look like barn boards,” wrote art critic Alex Hanson.
“The muted colors and flattened compositions have the feel of folk art, but Zerba uses a sophisticated palette and a strong feel for the shape and texture of the architecture he's depicting to render work that reaches beyond the naiveté that characterizes most folk art.”
He is represented by the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth; Wigren/Barlow in Woodstock, Vermont; and Vermont Artisan Designs.
Van Loon of Dover is a photographer specializing in black and white.
Growing up on a farm in western New York, she learned how to see there – wheat swaying in the breeze, the many textures of a vegetable garden, a cow’s long eye lashes, aged wood, trees and lots of rock.
She received a BFA in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
In addition to being a juried member of the NHAA, a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. She is a past member and president of the NHAA board of directors.
Van Loon has participated in many group and solo shows over the last 40 years and is presently employed by the Element Group in Portsmouth.
“I have always photographed the places and objects I am surrounded by with an interest in what humans have touched and how it relates to the landscape,” she said. “And also architectural details, textures, shapes and how light effects them all.
She is currently working on several photographic projects, one of them being “Barns.”
“I have been photographing barns since I began taking photographs,” Van Loon said. “I began photographing them seriously after the death of my mother and a dear friend months apart.”
Deep in grief and ungrounded, she feared she might not make another image for a long time. Then she took a journey back to her roots, the landscape of her youth, she began photographing barns.
Go & Do
What: '2 Visions: Barns' exhibit
When: July 3 to 28; Opening reception, Friday, July 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, East Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth
More info: Visit www.nhartassociation.org