A Fishy Exhibition at Plymouth State University

September 22nd, 2003 by Adam

An exhibition of paintings by artist Marcia Santore will be on
display in the second floor lobby of the new Boyd Science Center
on the Plymouth State University campus through January 2004. The
exhibition was curated by Dr. Catherine Amidon, director of the
Karl Drerup Art Gallery and exhibition programs at PSU, as part
of the opening of the newly-renovated Boyd Science Center on
Saturday, September 20.

These brightly colored works of acrylic paint and string reflect
Santore’s interest in finding a point of balance between the
abstract and the figurative. “The images of fish serve as a
starting point to explore color, line and form,” Santore
said. “At the Boyd opening, I was talking with Warren
Tomkiewicz, one of the PSU biologists who teaches oceanography,
who told me he saw echoes of real fish behavior in the paintings.
That wasn’t intentional on my part, but is a fascinating

“It is the bold palette that most intrigues me in Marcia’s
powerful images,” said Amidon. “The vibrancy of the
hues further enliven richly worked surfaces that insist on the
‘objecthood’ of the painting while allowing the
figurative images—the fishiness of the fish—to be
called into question.”

Santore, who has been a resident of Plymouth, N.H., since 1994,
received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of
Texas at Austin. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions
throughout the United States. Santore is a member of the New
Hampshire Women’s Caucus for Art (NH-WCA). Several of her
paintings are also on view at the NH-WCA show, Personal Icons, at
the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord.