Art exhibit, sale to benefit United Way opens in Amherst yoga studio

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Aaron Cooper, one of dozens of visitors to Carol Gaudreau's Amherst studio for Sunday's opening reception of an exhibit called Dharma Gallery, peruses some of the artwork.

AMHERST – Artists of varied persuasions mingled with non-artists and other visitors Sunday in Carol Gaudreau’s yoga, meditation and massage studio, where 20 framed works of art are on display and up for sale as part of a unique fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Nashua.

Organized by Nashua-based artist-photographer Sara Ceaser, the exhibit, which is named Dharma Gallery and runs through Aug. 18, includes 20 works culled from 50 entries, Ceaser said.

While Ceaser is on the staff of the local United Way as its director of volunteer and community engagement, the exhibit is not a United Way function, she said, but rather the product of what she calls “a hobby” – coming up with creative ways artists and musicians can contribute monetarily, as well as culturally, to the community.

Each artist whose work is on display chooses the percentage of the sale price they wish to donate to the United Way. The percentages, which are listed on the labels with the artists’ names and the title of their artwork, range from 30 percent to 100 percent.

Titled “Nature and Introspection,” the exhibit is displayed on the four walls of Gaudreau’s yoga studio, which is the largest room in her second-floor space at 76 Route 101A.

A flute trio called “Three Graces” performed for about an hour on Sunday.

The exhibit is the third such event Ceaser has put together to benefit local agencies or charities. The first two – for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity – took place in the Picker building, part of the city’s historic Millyard district in which numerous local artists had studios.