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2014 first quarter Chance Art presentation

Posted: March 28, 2014 2:33 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Jo Griffith, left, won the first Chance Art prize from Camden Art this year, created by Camden artist Jane Hannon, right.

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Jo Griffith won the first Chance Art prize from Camden Art this year. Griffith was happy to receive her original work of art from Jane Hannon – a local professional artist from Camden. The original work of art was a wonderful example of contemporary art. Griffith said she was surprised to win but plans on collecting more of Hannon’s work.

Chance Art is an art awareness initiative sponsored by Camden Art – a nonprofit organization in Camden. The organization offers the art award quarterly throughout the year. The purpose of the program is to promote visual art produced by local artists in the area and also encourage the collecting of art produced by talented and inspiring local artists.

The Camden Art organization meets at 7PM the first Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend meetings, workshops and special presentations at the Fine Arts Center Bassett Gallery.

The featured artist for March is Emily Houde. She is offering one of her hand painted original lampshades on a contemporary lamp stand. Emily Houde provided a beautiful original hand painted lampshade and table lamp for the next Chance Art award for the second quarter/April. The lamp is retail valued at $150.00 and can be seen at the Artists’ Attic studio at 930 Broad Street in Camden.

Houde grew up in a family of artists and craftsmen as well as Antique dealers and collectors. Her ancestral home was full of family portraits dating from the late 18th to mid-20th century. All of these elements had a strong influence on her artistic development. She earned a BFA in painting and illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America.

After an active career as a decorative painter, Emily decided to concentrate on her first love, portraiture, while continuing to produce decorative objects such as hand painted screens, lamp shades and faux painted furniture. Portraiture is where her greatest interest lies. She has particular talent for catching a very compelling likeness working from life as well as from photographs.

Houde’s portrait work has appeared in art shows, galleries and private collections from San Francisco to the East Coast. Her decorative paintings appeared in designer showcases, public buildings and private homes from New England to the Carolinas and the San Francisco Bay area. Presently, Emily lives in Camden and works in the Artist’s Attic, a coop artist’s studio and gallery in Camden.

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