Visiting Artists

Artistic Roots is welcoming a new group of Visiting Artists.  They include Thierry Ngizwenayo, Robin Cornwall, Eileen Belanger, Robert Heiner, and Julianna Twomey.  Join us to welcome them at an opening reception to be held on April 5th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and refreshments will be served.  Their work will be shown at the Gallery from March 1 through June 30, 2024.

Thierry Ngizwenayo

From Kigali, Rwanda,Thierry Ngizwenayo was born 1/01/1990. Interesting fact, a lot to people who are in their thirty’s, including him, have this date of birth which means they don’t know their date of birth. This happened because of the genocide of the Tutsi tribe, which lasted three months and more than one million people lost their lives. He moved to the US in 2021 and settled in Maine. Recently married, he now has a wife and stepson. Thierry says, "I love to paint. Mostly I enjoy painting landscapes because I love the peacefulness of nature. I also enjoy creating abstract art."

Robin Cornwell

Robin Cornwell is a fabric artist combining printmaking, dyeing, felting and hand quilting in her wall hangings. Prints are made from her hand carved blocks, stencils, Gelli plate, batik and often real leaves, onto her hand dyed fabrics using a colorful palette of bold colors and combinations.The theme of her artwork is portrayed in images of flowers, leaves, abstract forms and expressive hand poses. Her works are made up of a variety of printed cloth pieces combined in a visual pleasing combination, pieced together and then hand quilted to emphasize the images and to add texture to the background. Robin is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a BA in Art Education. She taught middle school art for 38 years in NH. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues in NH, and she has been a presenter at many workshops for educators over the years. She currently lives in Wolfeboro, NH with her beloved German Shepherd, Maizie.

Eileen Belanger

Eileen Belanger has gained increasing recognition for her original, detailed paintings. Her acrylic paintings may include scenes from life in New Hampshire, visits to Cape Cod and the Islands or abroad. Other times it is the subject matter that stirs her creativity. She is fascinated by dramatic contrasts between light and shadow and hopes to achieve a welcoming depth and balance to her compositions. Her main objective is to elicit feelings of peace and harmony in the viewer and project an artful calmness in a hectic world. Eileen is a member of the NH Art Association, NH Plein Air Painters and is an art instructor at the Cider Mill Gallery, New Boston and Creative Ventures, Milford.


Juliana2me creates original, Abstract Minimalistic Landscapes of National Parks by hand in Adobe Illustrator. Her intention is to say as much as she can about a landscape with the least amount of visual language, thereby allowing the viewer enough space to dwell on their own connection to a landscape. With bold, flat areas of color, 3-6 contiguous non-varied lines, and a circle to represent the sun or a moon, she encapsulates the essence of a place. She has created 63 US National Parks and is working to expand this body of work to worldwide parks and conservation lands.

Robert Heiner

Robert Heiner had a darkroom when he was a teenager; and the darkroom was still one of his favorite hangouts in college as he took photography classes at the University of Virginia. Working in black and white, he enjoyed trying to capture the textures, shadings, movements, and patterns of scenes and objects that are so familiar to us all in everyday life but are rarely noticed. After grad school, Robert remained in academics, teaching college courses in sociology on US military bases overseas, then teaching at a Jesuit college in Alabama, and then at Plymouth State University. Along the way, he has published several textbooks with Oxford University Press and other notable publishing houses. When Robert retired from academia in 2020, he returned to his passion for photography. When it comes to photography, Robert says he cannot imagine a better place to live than New Hampshire, with its beautiful scenery, ever-changing weather, and an inordinate number of trails for a state its size. Robert says, “As, I think, all other fine arts photographers, my goal is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. I hope, I do so with an obvious love for nature and, maybe sometimes, with a sense of humor.” Robert is currently exhibiting his work at the Lakes Region Art Association Gallery in Tilton.

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