­­­­The Gateway Gallery

Great Bay Community College is pleased to present the “Art of Conversation” featuring work by artist Anita Loomis and curated by Thomas Devaney. The show of water media and oil paintings include original works never before shown. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 8th from 4 to 7:00PM.  Art of Conversation explores aspects of communication and relationships. Pieces from Loomis’ Chatter Box series delve into socially charged issues and employ symbolism and cryptic messages to engage viewers. One goal of the series is to inspire introspection about interpersonal communication, its methods, and the challenges we experience. Recent works from the artist’s Couples series aim to capture the essence and vibrant positive energy inherent in couples simply by being together. Employing a highly abstract approach to avoid physical details like gender or race, the paintings seek to convey the emotions and character of relationships.  

Anita Loomis is an American artist who was born in Germany and grew up in New England. She earned her BA in studio art and MA in arts management. Anita worked in the field of architectural stained glass for twenty years before turning her creative energy toward painting in 2004. Her work has exhibited at Miller White Gallery, South Dennis, MA, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA, and various exhibitions in New England, Pennsylvania, China, and Japan. Her work is collected privately.  Anita lives and paints from her home in Kittery, Maine. 

The Gateway Gallery is located in the atrium style entrance of Great Bay Community College. The high ceilings provide the gallery with natural light and a glimpse of nature.  The gallery features the work of local artists in rotating exhibitions every two months. Information about the featured artist and a list of works can be found in the kiosk, along with a guest book.