First Friday Art Show in Peterborough 

  • Artwork by Johniene Papandreas. COURTESY IMAGE

Published: 9/7/2018 10:49:06 AM

The Gallery at the Offices at Depot Square is opening an exhibit Friday of six regional artists to celebrate their perceptions and visuals of the subjects that inspire them.

The exhibit will be on display from September 7 through November 30 and will be open for public viewing Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several events are scheduled during the exhibit and are free and open to the public (for more information on events please visit

An opening reception with live music and refreshments is planned for Friday with the artists available to talk with guests about their work, creative methods and inspirations. Children of all ages welcome.

The artists:

Temple’s own, Rose Lowry, who has been inspired to create works of art by the precious horses who have been in her life for decades. She has focused my creative endeavors on painterly realism, and practicing methods and technique that allow me to express some of my view of the world: the splendor of the play of light, the composition of shapes, and the motion and transient nature of what we see. She is drawn to the soothing tones of a simple color palette, working on a midtone background then darkening the shadows, pulling out the highlights, and moving the viewer through the scene through use of detail and contrast.

Johniene Papandreas of Peterborough began her painting career quite by chance when, having taken a dare from her honey one summer to “just try painting one more time”, she unexpectedly found her muse. Appreciating that it’s not every day the Universe gives you a second chance at your dream, she left her career as a scenic designer for Corporate Events and kept right on painting. In 2002, she launched Gallery Voyeur in Provincetown, on Cape Cod which functioned as both studio and gallery for her work. Besides her “home studio”, she also shows at Woodman/Shimko Galleries in Provincetown and Palm Springs, Art 3 Gallery in Manchester, and in group shows in Boston.

Hillary Blackman of Peterborough has also always had a strong connection to our four-legged, scaled, and feathered friends discovering her professional calling at the age of 5 when she resuscitated her first hamster. She left her artistic aspirations behind when she became a veterinarian specializing throughout he career in small-animal medicine. When she was suddenly sidelined by Lyme disease, she returned to her art as a kind of therapy and found in it a way to combine her two talents and passions. Her love of all creatures and her intuitive connection to the souls of her subjects is evident in the way their personalities shine through.

Mary Vecchio lives in Blackstone Ma. and has strong family connections to the Monadnock Region. She is inspired by natural formations, nature, and combining human emotions. She believes that artists follow a spiritual guide. Her art, uses mixed mediums, which include everything from spray paint, ink, acrylic paint and added found objects. Her intention is to let the colors, textures and found objects, convey their purpose. That is what inspires her. She has exhibited in the NH, Mass. area, been fortunate to have a collector for a few years, and has sold her work to private individuals and companies. She keeps active showing in Cambridge Art Association and the Holliston Mills group exhibitions.

Virginia Dickinson of Antrim has a mission as an artist is to create my view of the world through the lens of her own experiences and observations. As a visual artist, drawing is the starting point for all the work she creates. Her work is graphic in nature - looks for patterns, shapes and colors to create art that leaves room for the viewer’s interpretation. Two recent personal pieces developed from drawings created for the local literary magazine Limrik. In addition, she is a graphic designer, illustrator and calligrapher. One area of focus has been creating illustrated maps for magazines and publishing houses and communities. With maps, she incorporates illustration, design and calligraphy skills to create a variety of styles of maps.

Dorothy Palanza was born in Massachusetts and graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA), studying painting with Jeremy Foss and John Grillo (thesis advisor, a student of Hans Hoffman), and printmaking with Fred Becker. She worked as a muralist, fine artist, decorative painter and designer, first in New Orleans and then NYC. She apprenticed as a decorative painter with European master Alfred Junke and NYC’s Vincent Inamorata, and founded Colorfields Studio in NYC. Palanza relocated Colorfields Studio to Provincetown, MA, and in 2011 re-opened a studio in NYC and in 2014 added a studio in Hancock, NH. Her work reflects the personal, environmental, sociocultural influences from her life experience and history of exploration and collaboration in the arts. In addition to fine art, decorative, restorative and design endeavors, she is founder of Appearances: Provincetown EcoArts Festival and has co-authored screenplays, animated series, and two popular European children’s books.

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