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Gallery on the Green presents the 59th Anniversary Exhibition and a solo exhibit by Marlene Mayes
Canton, CT - Friday, June28th through Sunday, Aug 4th
Opening Reception and Summer Party: Saturday, June 29th 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: Free – open to the public
The Gallery on the Green presents its 59th Anniversary Exhibition — newly created fine art works from the 100+ members of one of Connecticut's longest running artist guilds. Two large galleries host the exhibition and Marlene Mayes presents a solo show in a third gallery. The shows combine to provide a stunning array of paintings, drawings, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, fiber/beadwork and photography.
In “Nature Scape” Marlene Mayes attempts to capture the quiet moments in nature where one can feel the moisture of the woods in morning or the twilight chill of an oncoming snow. Her inspiration derives from her experience of seasonal challenges from spring preparation to final harvest in her garden, backyard woodlands or the 4H Farm. Nature has been her teacher. Mayes finds inspiration with the planting of spring bulbs, from an old stump along the road or a trail or pasture. Trees, foliage, and weather become part of her watercolors or acrylics.
Marlene pursued a career in teaching and educational administration. She was fortunate to obtain a position in “post-retirement” at the Institute for Living with the Grace Webb School. She participated in the University of Connecticut Master Gardener Program, which required 30 hours of fieldwork outreach. This lead to an assignment in the 4H Educational Program at Auerfarm. The demonstration gardens and the 124 acres for farmland, pastures and woodlands paths have been the major creative source for her paintings.
The Gallery on the Green, established in 1960, is the longest continuously operating artists’ guild in Connecticut. It is housed in a schoolhouse (circa 1872). There are three spacious galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery is located near the intersection of Dowd Avenue and Route 44 at 5 Canton Green Road in Canton. Hours are Friday – Sunday, 1-5 pm. The main floor gallery is handicapped accessible. Tel. 860-693-4102 / www.galleryonthegreen.org / e-mail: email@example.com.
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Gallery on the Green presents the Member/Guest Show and solo exhibits by Holly Hall and Mark Snyder
Canton, CT - Friday, May 24th through Sunday, June 23rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25th 6:00-9:00 pm
The main floor of the gallery features newly created work by artist members and invited guest artists. Come see the creativity and talent of diverse local artists in an intimate and historical exhibition space. On view are prints, drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, fiber and ceramics.
In her solo exhibit, “Breaking Free: Magical Moments Caught in Watercolor and Ceramics,” Holly Hall conveys the beauty she sees in outdoor scenes. Hall describes some of the images: “Sun melts a pattern of crossing twigs in the ice and warms the crest of a hill. In the next it hides behind opalescent clouds. Or two ducks crest through the snow where soft reflections waver on the ice as winter melts to spring. In another the promise of asters and butterflies is found in a bouquet or in the island breeze.”
In her career as an art teacher, Hall worked with students from kindergarten through college. As an undergraduate she focused on ceramics at the University of New Hampshire and concentrated on printmaking for her masters degree at Wesleyan University. Her work has been widely exhibited in venues across Connecticut including Lost Acres Vineyard in Granby and the West Hartford Art League where she received a prize in watercolor. She had a solo show at the Jerram Wine Tasting Room.
Mark Snyder’s solo show, “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: Inspired by Iceland,” features work in various media including: letterpress printed collages, archival digital type and image prints, mixed media works and gouache paintings on paper. A frequent visitor to Iceland, Snyder finds inspiration from the island’s landscape, color, light and forms as well as the amazing inhabitants and the stories they share.
Snyder’s art work is in the collection of corporations, institutions, and many private individuals in the south and northeastern United States. His work has been published in regional, national and international publications. Snyder has a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and MFA in Graphic Design from RISD. Since 1994 he has been a professor at Hartford Art School. He also runs a firm that creates design and marketing for non-profits in the arts. Clients include Hartford Stage, Hartford Art School/University of Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, Columbia Teachers College, The Hartt School and Trinity College. He has been awarded artist residencies in Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; Corner Brook, Newfoundland; and the Netherlands.
The opening reception for all three shows is Saturday, May 25th from 6:00-9:00 pm. The reception including refreshments is free, and the public is warmly invited.
The Gallery on the Green, established in 1960, is the longest running artists’ guild in Connecticut. It is housed in a schoolhouse (circa 1872). There are three spacious galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery is located near the intersection of Dowd Avenue and Route 44 at 5 Canton Green Road in Canton. Hours are Friday – Sunday, 1-5 pm. The main floor gallery is handicapped accessible. Tel. 860-693-4102 / email: www.galleryonthegreen.org