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Contact Russ Resume of Russell Aharonian Sculpture Digital Art Art 2 Art 1 Reviews of Russell Aharonian Home Page About the Artist Colorful, Organic, Humorous, Surlyrical “Love what you do, do what you love.
Become one, have fun. I am myself and everyone else.
As a creative person, I draw my inspiration from myself, others, nature and the sun."


His experience continues to find expression in his paintings,
as he lives towards being "an overnight success at 100."

5 Junkins Avenue, Apt. 203
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Cell: (207) 752-3862
Landline: (603)
319-8233
E-mail:   russaha75@comcast.net

 
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In 1939 Russell was born in North Andover, MA;
in
1957 he graduated from North Andover High School; .

In 1957, Aharonian joined the US Naval Air Reserve and attended Boot Camp in Newport, Rhode Island in 1958. He was stationed at Naval Air Station Cecile Field in Jacksonville, Florida and then joined Naval Squadron, VA 34, The Blue Blasters tending A4D SkyHawks. He served on the USS Essex on Sea Trial Cruise to Cuba, Sea trial Cruise on the USS Forestall and a 9 Month Mediterranean Cruise on the USS Saratoga in 1958/59. On this cruise, he visited all the countries on the Mediterranean and was exposed to European art, including Miro, who had a profound influence on his work. Aharonian visited the Vatican in Rome with his Squadron for a private audience with and blessing from Pope Pius VII. Russ was later confirmed by Cardinal Sari in Genoa, Italy. Russ was at sea for 90 days during the Lebanon Crisis. 

Russell Aharonian, a descendant of Armenian merchants and nomads on horseback, and Canadian farmers, married Merrill Black on April 26, 2014 and April 25, 2015. They are living the rest of their live's in independent exploration together and rediscovering Portsmouth, N.H.  One can only conjurer how this experience together will find creative expression in their lives. 

Art Education

Aharonian has devoted his adult life to not only the persuit of artistic expression but also to learning. Among his art education experiences: he earned a B.A. at the Art Institute of Boston; in 1966 he attended drawing classes at the Adult Education Center, Boston, MA; in 1967 he enrolled in the Art Institute of Boston, MA; in 1969 he taught Art, in the Merry Road School, Newton, MA; in 1970 he graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Art Institute of Boston. From 1988 to the present he studied gouache with Jane Dwyer; Master Classes in Watercolor with DeWitt Hardy, in Water Mediums with Edward Betts, Monotype with Susan Amons, Papermaking with Quint-Rose, all at Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME; Mixed Medium with John Knapp at Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; and Art New England Summer Painting Workshop with Stuart Diamond at Bennington College, Vermont.

Aharonian has also studied yoga, martial arts, life sciences and therapy intensively throughout his life. His health-related work and study can be reviewed by contacting him personally. 

Juried Exhibition

  • Discover Portsmouth Center, What Artists Look Like 2016, November-December 2016
  • New Hampshire Art Association 75 Years! A Gala Celebration, June 2015
  • New Hampshire Art Association Investigation of the Self, April 2015
  • The Barn Gallery, Expressions, May 2015
  • Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Competition, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, October 2013
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME; September 2012
  • 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH; October 2011-January 2012
  • Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Competition, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, October 2009
  • New Hampshire Art Association 29th Annual Open Dr. Jack & Dee Parfitt Memorial Competition, May 28-June 29
  • Awarded 1st Place, Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Competition, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, October 2007
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit Art Collaborative Annual Juried Show and Seasonal Shows 2007
  • Prescott Park Arts Festival 2007 Art Show, Grace Casey Award
  • York Art Association 50th Anniversary Retrospect 2006, by invitation, York, ME., through Aug. 14, 2006
  • New Hampshire Art Association 58th Annual Art Exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, 2006 ( juried by gallery owner Mary Harding)-- received FRIEL award for Originality
  • Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2005
  • The Barn Gallery, Ogunquit ME, 2005 Maine Abstract Art, Danforth Gallery, Portland, ME, 2005
  • New Hampshire Art Association Gallery, "Lassonde" exhibit, Portsmouth, NH, 2005, 2004
  • The Barn Gallery, Ogunquit ME, 2005 1st Annual PARFITT Memorial Juried Photography Exhibit, 2004 Prescott Park Arts Festival, Honorable Mention, June 2004 Voice and Vision, Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program, 2004
  • La vic Boheme Gallery, Dover, NH. 2004
  • The Family Tree, Portsmouth, NH 2004
  • Robert Levy Gallery."The Creative Hands 3": Best in Show (Juror, Charles Beckley, former director of the Currier Gallery of Art), Manchester, NH, 2004
  • League of NH Craftsman "The Creative Hands 3" Gallery 205, Concord. NH, 2004
  • Maine Commission on the Arts, "Crossing the Borders"; State House, Augusta Me 2003
  • Gallery Salon Patrics 2003
  • Marjan Frank Gallery, Kittery Point, ME, 1996
  • Maine Coast Art Gallery, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1988
  • Providence Art Club, Providence, RI, 1993
  • Concord Art Association, Juried Exhibit, Concord, MA, 1993
  • New Hampshire Art Association 45th Annual Juried at Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1990
  • Maine Coast Artists "The Juried Show: By Invitation" Rockport, ME to Concord, MA, 1992
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, 1992, 1989, 1988
  • "Lassonde", Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1991
  • Ogunquit Art Association Barn Gallery: Juried Exhibit, Ogunquit, ME; 1989,
  • 1988 Maine Coast Arts Juried Exhibit, 10th Anniversary; 1988
  • Clark University, Worcester, MA, 1984
  • Walt Kuhn Gallery, Cape Neddick, ME, 1984
  • Abstract Invitational, Bowdoin College, Maine, 1978, 1977
  • Helen Shlien Gallery, Boston, MA, 1978 Manchester Institute of Arts, 1975
  • Boston Visual Arts Gallery, 1974
Solo Exhibitions
  • Plymouth State University, Karl Drerup Art Gallery; Russ Aharonian, Painter, April 4-22, 2013
  • Doo Salon, Kittery, ME, June 2010
  • Dos Amigos, Portsmouth, NH, June 2010
  • The Art Exchange, Portsmouth, NH, Summer 2010
  • Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, East Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, June 2009
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit Art Collaborative, East Gallery, June 2008
  • Dover Yoga Gallery, 2000
  • Harborside Athletic Club, Portsmouth, NH, 2000-2001
  • "EROS" Merrimack College, McQuade Library Art Gallery, North Andover, MA, 1996
  • Mira's Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1995
  • Jane Eastman, Inc., York, ME, 1995
  • Firehouse Gallery, Newburyport, MA, 1994
  • Jonathan's Restaurant Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1991
  • Portsmouth Music Hall, 1986
  • Common Crossing, Portsmouth, NH, 1976
  • Art Institute of Boston, 1973
  • Point Gallery, Kittery Point, Maine, 1973
  • Theatre by the Sea Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1971
  • Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, 1970

Group Exhibitions

  • Ogunquit Art Assocation, OAA Art Auction, July 2015
  • Seacoast Repertory Theater, 2014
  • Buoy Gallery, 2013
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, 2013
  • New Hampshire Art Association Show, 2013
  • 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH; October 2011-January 2012
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME, Summer 2011
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Almost Labor Day Auction, Ogunquit, ME, Summer 2010
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, Summer 2011
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, Summer 2010
  • Portsmouth Art Exchange, 2009
  • New Hampshire Art Association Show, Seasonal Shows 2009
  • Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, The Teeny Tiny Art Show, 2007
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, Seasonal Shows, 2007
  • New Hampshire Art Association Show, Seasonal Shows 2007
  • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, Expressions, 2006
  • Gallery Artship, So. Harwich, MA, 2000 - 2005
  • Gallery Tactora, Kittery, ME, Group Exhibit of 40 Artists, 2004
  • Ogunquit Arts Collaborative, Ogunquit, ME, Eros, September 2002
  • Constellation Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2002
  • Maureen Reardon Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2002
  • Davidson & Daepty Gallery, Portland, ME, December, 1998
  • N. Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, November 1998
  • Ogunquit Arts Collaborative, Ogunquit, ME, 1987-1998
  • Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, ME, 1997-1998
  • Ogunquit Arts Colaborative, Ogunquit, ME, 2 Person Exhibit, June-July 1997
  • Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunk, ME, 1995
  • Danforth Gallery, Portland, ME, 1995, 1994
  • Ogunquit Art Center, Ogunquit, ME, 1995, 1994
  • Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1994, 1992
  • Cape Neddick Inn Gallery, Cape Neddick, ME, 1995, 1994
  • Hollander Gallery, York Harbor, ME, 1994
  • Point Gallery, York Harbor, ME, 1994
  • SACA (Seacoast Artist Cultural Alliance), Divine Dungeon “SACA Street Gallery”, 1993
  • Ogunquit Art Association Exhibits: “Inaugural Exhibit”, “Midsummer Exhibit”, “Fall Exhibit” OAA Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine; Blue Stocking Studio, “Miniature Show” York Beach, Maine; “Show at the Brick Store Museum” Kennebunk, Maine;1993
  • New Hampshire Art Association Exhibits: “Abstract Exhibit”, “Figure Exhibit”, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1993
  • Nashua Center of the Arts, Nashua, NH, 1992
  • Ogunquit Art Association Exhibits: “Traditions Honored” at the Barn Gallery; “Marginal Way Summer Show” at Jonathan’s Restaurant; Miniature Art at the Blue Stocking Studio, York Beach, ME; Brick Stone Museum “Two Show Two”, Ogunquit, ME ; 1992 
  • New Hampshire Art Association Exhibits: “Artist Directions”, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH ; “Mail In Art Exhibit”, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; “Fall Collection” at Nashua Center of the Arts, Nashua, NH; “Sacred” Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; 1992
  • New Hampshire Art Association Exhibits: “Five In Focus” Raffle Exhibit, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; “Large Scale”, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; 50th Anniversary Exhibit, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH ; 1991 
  • Ogunquit Art Association Exhibits: “Capriccio” Ogunquit Play House, Ogunquit, ME ; “Segment Three” Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME;  “Spring Exhibit”, Brick Stone Museum, Kennebunk, ME; “Midsummer Exhibit”, Ogunquit Art Center; 1991
  • Barn Gallery, “Four In Hand” O.A.A., N.A.A, , Ogunquit, ME, 1991
  • Union of Maine Artists, S.A.C.A. , 1991  
  • Cry of Loon Gallery, Casco, ME, 1990
  • Ogunquit Art Association Exhibits: Ogunquit Art Center, New England Exhibit, Durham, NH; 1990
  • Barn Gallery Exhibit;  1990
  • New Hampshire Art Association: New Members, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; 1990
  • Maine Coast Art Juried Exhibit, 11th Anniversary, Ogunquit, ME; 1989
  • Maine Artists for Armenian Heritage, Portland, ME, 1989
  • York Art Association Exhibit, York, ME, 1st Place; 1988 
  • Ogunquit Art Association, 60th Anniversary Exhibit, New England Center, Durham, NH; 1988
  • Represented by: Gallery 33, Impact Gallery, Blackthorn Gallery, Portsmouth, NH , 1987
  • York Art Association Exhibit, 1st Place, York, ME, 1987
  • Blackthorn Gallery Exhibits: “The Nude” and Holiday Collection, Portsmouth, NH, 1986
  • Portsmouth Music Hall Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1986
  • Ogunquit Art Association Exhibits: Summer Show and Art Auction; 1985
  • York Art Association Group Exhibit, York, ME, 1985
  • Multi-Media "To Life" Car, Walt Kuhn Gallery, Cape Neddick, ME, 1984
  • Group Show, Clark University, Litter Center Gallery, Worcester, MA, 1984
  • Artwares Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1980
  • 20th Century Art Auction, Young Fine Arts Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1980
  • U.M.B.R.A. Group Show, York Fine Arts Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1979
  • Exhibited Car “To Life”, at Market Square Day, Portsmouth, NH, 1979
  • Helen Shlien Gallery, Boston, MA, 1979
  • U.M.V.A. Abstract Invitational, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME, 1979
  • Catalogue of Maine Artists by C. Stanley Pittore, Euforico, New York City, 1979
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, Abstract Invitational, 1978, 1975
  • Helen Shlien Gallery, Boston, MA, 1978
  • Henry Hicks Gallery Ltd., N.Y., 1977
  • Union of Maine Visual Artists: Abstract Invitational, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME, 1977
  • Boston Visual Artists Union Open, Boston, MA, 1976
  • Manchester Institute of Fine Arts, “Fancy That” exhibit, Manchester, NH, 1975
  • Cartoons and illustrations for Huck Finn Review, 1975
  • Improvisations Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1975
  • Re-birth Celebration, Fort Foster Festival, Kittery Point, ME, 1975
  • Maine State Library, Augusta, ME, 1975
  • Boston Visual Artists Union Exhibits: Cyclorama Exhibit, Symphony Hall Exhibit, the Sensuous Eye, and Works on Paper/Small Sculpture, Boston, MA, 1974
  • Goethe Society of Boston, Boston, MA, 1974
  • Kennedy Studios, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA, 1974
  • Chris Ritter Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, 1974
  • Portsmouth Mural Happenstance, Portsmouth, NH, 1974
  • Haden Gallery Exhibit at M.I.T, Boston, MA, 1973
  • South Church, Portsmouth, NH, 1973
  • Chris Ritter Gallery, Ogunquit, ME, 1973
  • Boston Visual Artists Union, Cyclorama Exhibit, Boston, MA, 1973
  • Renaissance Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 1971
  • Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, 1970
  • Faculty Exhibit, MacIvor Reddie Gallery, Boston, MA, 1970
  • Traveling Art Exhibit 1963 Multi Media Chrysler “To Life”, 1970

Art-Related Memberships and Activities

  • Yerevan Magazine, May/June 2013; "Muse of the Whimsical"
  • "To Life" Multi Medium Car published in Harold Blanc's book, "Wild Wheels", 1993
  • Chairperson for "Eat Your Art Out" Food Art Fund Raiser for N.H.A.A., 1992
  • "To Life" Car Card published by Paper House Productions, 1989
  • Past President York Art Association, 1986
  • Team Captain, Membership Drive, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, 1st Place, 1986
  • "To Life" featured in HBO T.V. Special "Crazy and Wonderful", 1980
  • Organized and Directed first Fort Foster Festival, 1975
  • Ogunquit Arts Collaborative, Ogunquit, ME
  • Ogunquit Art Association Board Member (Past), Ogunquit, ME
  • Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME (Past)
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
  • New Hamphsire Art Association Board Member (Past), Portsmouth, NH
  • New Hampshire Art Association, Portsmouth, NH
  • Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA
  • Boston Visual Artists Union, Boston, MA

  • Artist Representation
    • Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME; 207-646-8400
    • New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 03801; 603-431-4230
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