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A Time for Reflection: The Nursing Home Series by Janet Carlson and Julie Seranno

King and Queen of HeartsA Time for Reflection: The Nursing Home Series by Janet Carlson and Julie Seranno opened on April 18 and ran through June 14, 2014. This exhibit by Janet Carlson, North Hampton, NH and Julie Serrano, South Berwick Me is a collection of paintings, prints and drawings done in a nursing home environment.

As an artist, Julie Serrano uses whatever medium the subject calls for: pencil, charcoal, oils, printmaking materials and most recently wax. She is very much intrigued with and appreciative of the unknown in her artistic process. This opening into mystery is also reflective of her life as a practicing psychotherapist, a Sufi guide, and a Zen meditation practitioner. Julie's undergraduate work in art and psychology was at the University of New Hampshire. Her graduate work in Expressive Arts Therapy earned her a Master's of Arts' Degree from Lesley College Graduate School.

All in the Game
Janet Carlson is very active in the New Hampshire Art Association. Her exhibits include NH Art Association, Portsmouth, NH, Innovative Textiles, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH. She has taught a number of workshops including Gelatin Plate Printmaking and has been included in a number of publications.

Janet explains, "These Nursing Home paintings were done as my thesis at UNH. I spent many hours there (my mother-in-law was a resident at the time), and I became friendly with many of the folks there. I sketched and photographed the residents at different times during their daily activities, meals, and at rest and built a meaningful relationship while playing bingo and sharing activities.

Rose, A Prayer

Beginning in 2008, I returned to my love of music and have embarked on a new adventure learning to play drums. I began my journey studying with Jill Robinson, and have been studying many years with Gene Guth along with some amazing lessons with Les Harris Jr. Several group classes at Seacoast Academy of Music have moved me along this path. Jazz classes with trumpeter Zach Lang have been very influential and my focus is now on jazz, bebop and beyond!"


King and Queen of Hearts (upper right), Julie Serrano, Lithography

All in the Game (middle right), Janet Carlson, Oil on Canvas

Rose, A Prayer (lower right), Janet Carlson, Oil on Canvas