“Beyond the Boundaries” is the theme for the 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibit. The New Hampshire Art Association invites both members and non-members alike to submit their interpretations to this theme.

All mediums are welcome and up to three submissions may be accepted online until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 5.

Chosen works will be on display for a two-month long exhibit - from Wednesday, March 31 to Sunday, May 30 - at NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth and online at nhartassociation.org

Please visit NHHA’s website for updated information. The juror for this exhibit will be decided and announced shortly.

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Omer T. Lassonde, a native New Hampshirite and former Administrator of the WPA Federal Arts Project, helped found the New Hampshire Art Association in 1940 to exhibit and further the work of contemporary artists throughout the state. Each year the NHHA hosts a juried exhibition in his honor.

Lassonde was most known for his modernist paintings using expressive bold colors to capture spirited landscapes. While aspiring to become a portrait painter, one of his subjects, former New Hampshire Governer John G. Winant, suggested that he go to the South Pacific to paint like Gauguin.

Wise advice, as Lassonde’s most famous work emerged from a year abroad painting native life and landscapes in West Samoa during 1930.

By 1947 Lassonde had established himself as a prolific painter, such that the editor of The Washington Post claimed he had “done more than any man living to put New Hampshire on the map artistically.”

Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Prizes of $100, $750 and $500 are awarded to the top three submissions. Honorable mentions will also be accepted. The exhibit is generously sponsored by the Lassonde family through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

For the complete prospectus and more information, visit www.nhartassociation.org and click under the 35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition under “Upcoming Artist Opportunities.”

An online reception and award ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. Details and a link will be sent out prior to the event and/or posted on the NHAA website.

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