Morgan Gallery



Morgan Gallery




Shawn Pelech & JoAnn Portalupi

Showing June – September 2018

Opening Reception - Wednesday, June 6th - 5:30-7:00pm

“Side-by-Side” is a beautiful exhibit of works by Shawn Pelech and JoAnn Portalupi in the Morgan Gallery at the Kittery Community Center.  This exhibit will be shown June through September. The public is invited to an Opening Reception with refreshments on Wednesday, June 6th at 5:30pm. Come hear the artists talk about their works and their process.

Painting can be a solitary endeavour. But even the most solitary endeavour occurs within a context. When two painters work side-by-side over a period of years, that context includes critiques, conversations, and shared arts experience that build a rich sensibility that can trickle into the work at hand.

In such fashion, Shawn Pelech and JoAnn Portalupi have set their easels side-by-side as plein air painters along the eastern coast from Lubec, Maine to Key West, Florida. Likewise, they set painting challenges for themselves inside each other’s studios. Painting is sometimes a struggle; in these moments they offer one another positive suggestions or constructive comments. Often, a trip to a gallery or museum will inspire insight and spark a new creative project. They feel fortunate to have a shared passion for the work. It fuels their connection with nature, with life, with one another and helps each grow as a solitary painter.

Shawn Pelech lives in Portsmouth, NH. She taught art in the public schools, including three years in the Frisbee School, which now has become the Kittery Community Center. Since retiring from public education, Shawn continues to teach painting to adults in her studio, and spends most of her time making art.

JoAnn Portalupi is a painter from Lee, NH. She wrote and taught for years providing staff development to teachers across the country in the area of writing instruction. She began painting – and being a student of painting – in earnest in 2000, and has transitioned from teaching to painting full time.

JoAnn and Shawn’s work has been displayed singularly, and together, at various galleries throughout the Seacoast area and in Lubec, Maine. They are both juried members of the New Hampshire Art Association.

The Morgan Gallery, at the Kittery Community Center, is made possible through a generous donation by the Morgan Family of Kittery, ME. The gallery space is prominently located by the STAR THEATRE and provides a new venue for showcasing works by visual artists. The KCC Visual Arts Committee is responsible for curating the programming and schedules an ongoing series of art exhibits to showcase visual artists. Professional artists are encouraged to submit works for review for future exhibits. All works are reviewed and juried by a sub-committee of the Arts and Culture committee.

This gallery is free and open to the public during KCC business hours and also open during performances in the STAR Theatre. The Morgan Gallery is located in the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. For more information on the gallery and hours, please visit or call 207-439-3800.




      All works are reviewed and juried by a sub-committee of the Visual Arts Committee.  Please go to to find artist exhibit proposal forms.

 Upcoming Exhibits:

  Ken Fellows: Light, Reflections, and Cast Shadows - October-December 2018

Various Artists:  Celebration of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge


Morgan Gallery Hours:

Monday-Friday 6:00am-9:00pm

Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Gallery is also open during STAR Theatre performances that take place after hours.




   Deck The Walls

Adorning the first floor hallway walls are pieces of local artwork in a more casual setting than the Morgan Gallery.  This informal showing area will feature children's artwork, as well as other local artists' pieces.  These pieces are constantly changing throughout the year.  

Winter/Spring 2018:  Mitchell School K-3rd Grade  







Call to Artists

Local Visual Artists Invited to Submit Proposals

The Kittery Community Center invites local visual artists to submit proposals for review.

Located at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, ME, the community center offers a state-of-the-art performing center and arts exhibition space available for artists. The proposals will be reviewed by the Visual Arts Committee responsible for curating the performance center’s programming. The Committee plans to schedule an ongoing series of month-long art exhibits at the KCC to showcase artists from the greater Kittery community and provide regional artists a brand new artistic venue.

Designated areas for the art exhibits are prominently located at the entrance to the Star Theatre and may expand to additional spaces. Selected artists will be scheduled for three-month-long exhibits of solo or group shows.  If not chosen for display in the Gallery, there are other areas in the building that the Visual Arts Committee may suggest to hang your work.

Professional artists are encouraged to click here and fill out the Exhibit Proposal form and submit to Todd Henley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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