The John Paul Jones House

The John Paul Jones House on State Street on a sunny fall day.

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Revitalizing The Rosa

 

The renaissance on State Street continues with the recent acquisition and renovation of The Rosa.  The Rosa has long been a fixture in Portsmouth’s ever-changing restaurant scene since its doors opened in 1927.

I’m excited to see what the fresh take on the restaurant and the space will be, it’s been fun watching the progress made on the structure inside so far.

A State Street Afternoon

The late afternoon sunlight creates long shadows on the State Street corridor.  The shortening days make for interesting lighting while people are still out and about, and I liked the repetitive arrows along State Street in front of the Saloon and the Pleasant Street intersection at the Marple and James building.

210 State Street

I’ve posted these doors before, but there’s something about their vibrant colors and lush surroundings that can stop me in my tracks on a walk from Prescott Park.  I love the way that the late day sunlight reaches this portion of State Street, and has shadowed “210” nicely from the salon inside the orange door.

Newspaper | Herakut Street AKA Museum

As I’ve written before, I’ve enjoyed the dialogue that has erupted in town over the Portsmouth Museum of Art’s Street AKA Museum exhibit currently in the museum and adorning building walls throughout town.

I noticed recently that the piece by Herakut on State Street (the one that features a man reading a newspaper along with a little girl) was created with an authentic Wall Street Journal, and that the paper has begun to peel away from the wall.  The textures of the newspaper along with the painted wall and drawing made for a fascinating shot, one that I chose to present in black & white to focus on the textures itself instead of the vibrant colors of the scene. I’ll be interested to see what happens in another month when the exhibit is scheduled to close….which pieces will stay, which will go?

Sitting on State Street

Today’s installation of Street AKA Museum comes from State Street.  This is part of my normal walk when I head to Googie’s for lunch….and I think it adds a whole new dimension to the streetscape.  This spot also used to be the home of Puttin’ on the Glitz, and since the store had moved out – the space had an overly empty feel to it.  This one is pretty fascinating with the different elements/materials used – stop by this week to check it out.  More installations to follow through the week!

The McLaughlin-Hills Gallery

There’s a new gallery in town (on State Street across from Agave and Dos Amigos)…and I had the pleasure of stopping in to explore some of the work from Latin artists featured in the gallery.  Visit WireNH for a great article on the new establishment and its founder, Catherine McLaughlin-Hills (who was very kind and helpful as I meandered around).  It only took a matter of seconds upon walking in to realize that this wasn’t your typical seacoast gallery, which was a welcomed surprise.  As someone who has very clearly made his practice photographing the beauty that surrounds us here on the New Hampshire seacoast, I most certainly appreciate more diversity in our art scene.  Also, as someone who is marrying into a Cuban and Colombian family, I think I’ve developed a greater appreciation for art outside what I’m typically seeing/enjoying.

I strongly encourage you to stop in and explore for yourself.  The gallery is full of fascinating and vibrant pieces of work…well worth a few minutes of your day on a stroll towards Prescott Park.

(Be sure to click the image – I really dig how this one looks on the black background)