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  • Portraits of Resilience, “Stronger” Art Exhibition Opens in VR at the Meta Biennale and at Aplomb, a New Contemporary Gallery coming to Dover, NH

    Group exhibition opening at the VR Meta Biennale Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2021, tour and talk Dec 8, 8-9PM and at the grand opening of Aplomb Gallery in Dover, NH Jan 22 - Feb 28, 2022.

    Founder of Aplomb Gallery and Contemporary artist, Danielle Festa has curated an exhibition including a dozen portrait artists from New England and beyond that evoke inspiration through portraiture. Artists employing different mediums use their work to share personal experiences and interpretations of emotions that arise when confronted with difficult times. The exhibition including three dozen works can be toured from home on a PC/Mac or Oculus VR headset inside the ArtGate application. Walk around and interact with attendees from all over the world. The abbreviated show will include 13 works at the grand opening of Aplomb Gallery at the new development on Mechanic Street in Dover, NH. The opening reception will be January 22, 2022 from 6-9PM. Pre-registration and masks are required, more details at aplombgallery.com.


    Exhibiting Artists

    Chris D'Amore, Danielle Festa, Tarja Harney, Bruce Jones, Phoenix Mayet, Eliza Moser, Erica Nazzaro, Melissa Scheid Frantz, Vanessa Simms, Morgan Spaulding*, Lydia Spencer, Katie West, Andrija Zeković

    and Mark Zimmerman


    *Exhibiting in VR exhibition only

    About Aplomb Gallery:

    Opening January 2022, contemporary realist and former Dover Art Walk Director is opening a brand new gallery and studio space in Downtown Dover. The gallery will highlight the power of a portrait to become a meaningful tribute. Along with bringing in outside artists for exhibitions like “Stronger”, Festa’s mission is to produce commissioned and gifted portraits for those who are ready to celebrate strength in the face of adversity. 


    Figurative paintings of the Renaissance period were reserved for the rich and powerful, with carefully selected attire to highlight their prominent placement in society. Aplomb gallery is highlighting a different type of power, that which lies in individuals who have overcome challenges, painted in outfits that showcase their strength.


    If you or someone you know has been through a medical crisis, a traumatic experience or loss and are ready to celebrate new found strength, a contemporary oil painting is a permanent way to mark this courageous moment. Applications are being accepted for direct commissions, crowdfunded paintings or applications for gifted portraits supported by local sponsors and individual monthly patrons. Learn how to support the project, apply as a subject or nominate someone at aplombgallery.com. Thank you to The Closet Connection and other initial individual sponsors.