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Small Works on the Wall

November 24 through December 20, 2017

24 talented artists, many from the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are exhibiting their small works (pieces no greater than 144 square inches). There are oil, water color and acrylic paintings along with needle felting, encaustics, collages, and more among the nearly 100 pieces shown. This is a boutique show – so pieces will go home with the buyer at the time of purchase – and artists will bring new artwork to fill the open spaces … so you may want to come see this show more than once!

Click here to view Small Works artists’ bios/statements

Impressions ~ Deb Ehrens & Michael Hubert

October 13 through November 18, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 – 8 PM



Deb Ehrens uses her camera to create contemplative and painterly imagery. She learned the basics of black and white photography as an adjunct to her early career as a journalist. More recently, Deb studied with Harold Ross, Dan Burkholder, Alison Shaw, Ron Wilson, Ian Murray and at the Rhode Island School of Design and Maine Media College. An ongoing mentorship with painter Deborah Quinn-Munson has been instrumental in developing her artistic eye. Deb lives in Dartmouth, MA and is a Juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association and Exhibiting Member of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Boston, Providence, New Bedford, and Cape Cod and featured in YourDailyPhotograph.com and LAPhotoCurator.com. Of her photography, Ehrens says, “What began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on my grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. I have made plant material both my subject and my teacher. When photographing outdoors in natural light, nature and I are partners in designing the composition. In the stillness of the studio . . . the light is literally in my hands. Using a variety of hand-held light sources, I slowly and methodically paint my scene from multiple directions and with different qualities of light. Some of the images in this collection are as I first saw them through my camera lens. Others are more akin to the many layers of an artist’s canvas.”  She says that creating the images for this collection has not only “. . . challenged me as an artist, but also given me the sense wonder and excitement I felt as a young girl tracing patterns on her grandmother’s china.”

Michael Hubert is a visual artist and teacher who, for the past three decades, has maintained a studio and home in South Dartmouth. His art education began at Southeastern Massachusetts University in Dartmouth in 1969. He graduated with a BFA in 1973 and a Masters in Art Education in 1980. For the past 39 years, Michael and his wife Christine have operated their arts-based independent school, the Dartmouth Early Learning Center, on Gulf Road in Dartmouth.  Michael’s work involves exploring line, color and movement in lyrical abstractions with references to landscape and nature. Hubert says, “Using painting as a modus vivendi, a way of understanding life, I see painting as a search for meaning – the meaning of the painting as well as life’s deeper meaning. On one level, my paintings are about what Suzanne Langer calls significant form. What makes it significant is how lines and colors and certain forms and relations of forms combined in a particular way, stir our aesthetic emotions. I try to set up tensions in my paintings; between the flatness of the canvas and the illusion of space; between the painterly and the hard edge; between that elusive quality of light and shadow. Some paintings employ semi-abstract and figurative references, but by and large they are done for their evocative and lyrical value rather than for a factual description or reporting of the visual world.”  He has always loved landscape painting and is “. . . drawn to the regenerative solitude of the natural world. Painting the landscape is a way to express the beauty that surrounds us every day. My intent is not to literally copy nature, but to paint an impression of what’s in front of me – to capture the colors of an autumn evening – the fading light – to portray the quiet, alone feeling of being with nature. These paintings, too, are as much about abstraction as they are about their subject matter. To evoke a feeling I have experienced and by means of color, line, movement and form transmit that feeling so that others may experience a similar feeling is one of the goals of my work.”



Balance: Real & Abstract ~ Bess Woodworth & Betsy Payne Cook

September 8 through October 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6 – 8 PM



Artist Bess Woodworth began her creative endeavors as a child, attending a Waldorf School in which the curriculum revolved around art. She began to formally develop her artistic talents twenty-five years after a successful career as a reading specialist.  An alumna of Boston University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, Bess has been a volunteer in the education department of The Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, touring groups of children through the museum.  A member of numerous art councils and associations in the Boston area, including the Cambridge Art Association and the Concord Art Association, Woodworth is also involved in the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and the Tubac Center for the Arts in her second home of Tucson, AZ.  The themes of her paintings cover a variety of natural subjects, and she has also worked on a series of conceptual paintings about relationships. Most recently, Woodworth has been experimenting with watercolor pouring on yupo paper.  Her work shows an imaginative use of natural light that produces a luminescent quality, and her compositions produce an emotional mood. She explores relationships – in nature and between people.

Pastel painter Betsy Payne Cook attended the College of St. Rose in her hometown of Albany, NY, earning a B.S. Art Education & M.S. Special Education.  Cape Cod was always a favorite getaway destination, and she made it her home in 1994, when she returned to the states after living in a small village in Wales, Great Britain for nine years.  She is a juried artist member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved signature membership status of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, where she also serves as the Chair for the Signature Committee. Betsy is acknowledged as a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. She participates in local and national juried exhibitions, and is a member of several art organizations, to include the Sandwich Arts Alliance and the South Cape Artists.  Represented by Gallery Artrio, she exhibits at Woodruff’s Art Store Gallery in Mashpee Commons. Betsy records her thoughts and experiences as an artist in her newsletter, Painting In and Out, hoping to provide inspiration and insight while sharing her love of pastels and her life as an artist. Betsy teaches pastel workshops and classes, and is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.  She also organizes Cape Cod plein air workshops and destination workshops, to include and upcoming week-long plein air painting workshop in Wales, Great Britain this fall.



Summer Members’ Show

August 4 through September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 6 – 8 PM

The Marion Art Center will host the opening of an exhibition of artwork by its members.   A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Marion Art Center from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.

Coastal Visions x 2: Sarah Brown & Heide Hallemeier

June 30 through July 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 6 – 8 PM


Artist Sarah Brown, of Marion, has been has been exhibiting at the Marion Art Center since 1968.  She studied art at De Pauw University and then went to art and music school in France at Fontainebleau.  She has exhibited her paintings in galleries on Cape Cod, in Boston and Chicago.  While often recognized for her vibrant watercolors, in recent years Sarah has been working with pastels.  Her works reflect the wind, waves and lush gardens of our sea coast and surrounding communities. Using color and line, she expresses the special character of Southeastern Massachusetts.  An active instructor, Sarah will be resuming her pastel classes at her Marion studio.

Heide Hallemeier was educated at the Art Academies in Vienna Austria and Germany as a graphic designer.  A resident of South Dartmouth, she is a signature artist member and past board member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and a past president of the Westport Art Group. Heide has exhibited throughout New England and Pennsylvania and has been accepted into many national shows, winning numerous prizes in juried exhibitions.  She also juries and judges art shows across the area, is a painting instructor, and participates in the South Coast Open Studio Tour.


Breaking News: Gayle Wells Mandle

May 26 through June 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 6 – 8 PM


Gayle Wells Mandle, who earned her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design and quickly launched many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, considers herself a storyteller.  She feels a responsibility as an artist to draw attention to world events that affect our well-being, examining current affairs and global events through her artwork.  Having recently returned from living several years in the Middle East, much of Mandle’s recent artwork has focused on human rights, social and economic inequality and environmental challenges.

In her creative process, Mandle presents the story in each painting in a semi-abstract format, using mixed media, text and texture to support the narrative.  She says, “While the canvas is like a megaphone for me, I choose to present the story in a more poetic format.  The Eastern philosophy of balancing opposites appeals to my aesthetic sensibility.  I work back and forth on my canvases from construction to deconstruction, adding my writing to partially erased thoughts, all the time planning, yet embracing spontaneity in the process.  I use the reality depicted in my own photographs, juxtaposing them with abstractions that develop from torn textures and the energy of my brushstrokes.  My process involves continual adding and editing, the story revealed and then partially veiled to engage in a ‘hide and seek dialogue’ with the observer.”

Black & White: Anthi Frangiadis, Kim Gatesman & Allen TenBusschen

April 21 through May 20, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6 – 8 PM



Frangiadis 1Anthi Frangiadis is an architect, planner and artist, and is proprietor of the Drawing Room, a design showroom within her architectural office that features original artwork and furnishings by many New England artisans.  Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a Bachelor of Architecture & Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a Concentration in Art History, Anthi’s artwork complements her professional career as an architect. She finds drawing is meditative and communicative.  Large in format and at times complex in composition, her bold mark making in charcoal is an expression of energy, strength, and endurance.

gatesman_16-PL23Kim Gatesman received her BFA from UMass Dartmouth and later received her Master’s in Arts Administration from Boston University. She lives in New Bedford, MA, and works as a printmaker for both Riverside Art in Somerset, MA and in her private studio, Third Switch Press in New Bedford. Gatesman’s current body of work explores the fundamental forces of electricity and magnetism. Through experimentation and the use of both traditional and digital printmaking techniques, she makes these unseen physical forces visible and discovers a vocabulary of marks that are produced when these forces are manipulated.

at bird 1A Michigan native, Allen TenBusschen received his degree from Brigham Young University – Idaho and currently resides in New Bedford.  Allen has always been interested in lines, patterns and shapes, and his two-dimensional bird images explore the subtle and sometimes extreme intricacies of the species. Each bird, while being part of the larger whole, contains certain variations that make it unique — a notion, TenBusschen emphasizes, that is reflected in the human race, as well.  TenBusschen’s human portraiture allows us a glimpse into the relationships that exist between people. He explains, “A portrait show the viewer the relationship between the sitter and the artist.”  His drawings remind us “to celebrate the variations in one another, and understand the beauty that comes from differences.”



Dianne Panarelli Miller

March 17 through April 15, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 6 – 8 PM



dpm4Dianne Panarelli Miller is a world renowned artist painting in Bermuda, Canada and Europe. She is an award winning Boston based “Plein Air Painter” of color and light and is a signature memeber of the New England Plein Air Painters and is a “Copley Master”. Her approach combines the classic atelier training of the “Boston School”, with a mastery of technique of her own personal style expressed through the harmony of color and design. The original Boston School Way of painting seeks to combine the truth of impressionist color with good drawing, sound composition and skillful paint handling. It’s leading exponents included Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, William Paxton, Joseph Decamp, Philip Hale, and R. H. Ives Gammell.

Gammell was a turn of the century Boston Museum School Pupil of the first three men and later consulted with Paxton. Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cormier (with whom Miller studied) were students of Gammell. David Lowery and Robert Moore, also students of Gammell rounded of her studies. She works tirelessly to improve her skills.


Sippican School Students & Remmi Franklin

February 13 through March 11, 2017

Opening Reception: February 13, 3:30 – 5:30 PM (Sippican Artwork) and 6 – 8 PM (Remmi Franklin)



Sippican School Student Artists

student-2The Sippican Elementary School art program emphasizes that learning to be an artist is much like learning a sport.  With patience, persistence, practice, problem solving, and a positive approach, every student has the ability to create beautiful and meaningful art.

Remmi Franklin

rf-fly-by-nantucketA graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she began experimenting during her college years with creating images that played one color against another. Remmi explains, “I am fascinated by the way the human eye is trained by nature to see in a certain manner  . . . Using contrasting plays of color and shape, I have sought to challenge those expectations and to induce the viewer to stretch their perceptions.”  In more recent years, she was inspired to start experimenting in using a wooden board as her canvas. “It felt like I was home,” she says. The aerials and abstracts featured in her artwork include multiple color combinations, and with the addition of collage techniques and the layering that is inherent in the art form, she aspires to create juxtapositions and perceptual challenges. Using colors, shapes, layers and textures, this series combines her signature style with her love of the land and sea.



Winter Members Show 2017

 January 13 through February 9

Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6 – 8 PM


“Winter Vista” by A. Shire watercolor

The Marion Art Center will kick off its 2017 Gallery Season with the Annual Winter Members Show.  A reception will be held on Friday, January 13th for the artists and their guests.  The body of work in the exhibition is expected to represent more than 40 artists, and to include watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastel paintings, as well as photographs and collage.

All members in good standing of the Marion Art Center are invited to submit 3 pieces to be included in the non-juried exhibition.  All pieces must be appropriately matted, framed and ready to hang (with hanging wire on the back affixed securely to the frame with eye hooks – NO SAWTOOTH hangers will be accepted) and must not have been shown at MAC previously.


November 18 – December 17:  2016 Annual Holiday Shop


Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 6 – 8 PM

The Marion Art Center will kick off the holiday season with a gala opening of its Annual Holiday Shop on Friday, November 18th from 6 to 8 PM. Guests can enjoy the sounds of Truman Terrell on piano as they shop, and refreshments will also be served.  Both Galleries will feature unique and limited edition gifts in ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, jewelry, paintings, glass, collage, toys, painted furniture and more.  Several dozen artisan vendors from throughout New England are represented, and their original works will be available for purchase through Saturday, December 17th.   Holiday Shop hours will be:  Tuesday – Friday from 1 to 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome to browse the galleries for the perfect gift.

September 30th to November 11th
Deidre Tao & Peggy Call-Conley

Coastal Landscapes

The Marion Art Center will host the opening of an exhibition of coastal landscapes by Deidre Tao and Peggy Call-Conley.   A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.


peg-call-conley-storm-approachingPEGGY CALL-CONLEY earned her BFA in Art Education in 1972 from Southeastern Massachusetts University.  She found her artistic inspiration early, and a childhood move from Boston to rural Middleboro afforded Peggy solace and adventures in nature which were reinforced when she arrived on the South Coast for college, living in New Bedford and the villages along the coastline.  She eventually made her home in South Dartmouth and taught art in private and public schools for 35 years.  Call-Conley has travelled to the Maine coast annually for art retreats, creating photographs and paintings that reflect her passion for the ocean and rocky coastline.  Graduate courses in art developed her desire to pursue fine arts further, especially watercolor painting.  A Board Member of the Westport Art Group, Peggy teaches two watercolor classes there.  Her paintings are in private national and international collections, and she has also done commissions for private home and building portraits.  Call-Conley’s paintings have earned numerous awards in juried exhibitions, most recently to include the 2016 David Aldrich Award for Excellence in the Little Compton Community Center Summer Art Show.   Of her work, she says, “I paint what intrigues and surrounds me.  My eye may be drawn to a shadow’s shape, contrasting light, or subtle color changes.  The personal challenge is to complete a sense of place.  While painting on location, I aim to capture compatibility with nature: including the energy which exists momentarily: stillness, tension, motion, strength, tranquility or serenity.”

deidre-tao_early-spring-thawDEIDRE (SULLIVAN) TAO earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Illustration and a minor in Painting at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 1993.  Following that, Deidre moved to Boston to work in freelance illustration as well as in interior design (as a decorative painter’s assistant), while maintaining a Cambridge art studio which became the anchoring place for her to take on her own various artistic projects and commissions. Tao has participated in The Lydia Fair and Cambridge Arts Open Studios, as well as a new, grant-funded juried project called Community Supported Art.  After ten years as a working artist, Deidre made the choice to transition into fine arts and become a painter exclusively. This pursuit has brought her into an adventurous exploration of her current body of work, landscapes of New England, and to sell her work to private collectors around the US.  Deidre is self-represented and exhibits regularly in juried, group and solo shows. Of her work, Tao says, “New England landscape painting is so compelling to me because it is so beautiful and it is always changing. As a native-born person of this region with a family tree rooted deeply here, I feel that I may have a unique perspective, approach, and voice to contribute to the abundance of art made about this region . . . I make nature itself the icon and am mirroring how I view nature in its glory and mystery. Creating these worlds on canvas, inspired by real locations and recalled memory, is a joy.”


August 21st to September 24th
Summer Members Show

The Marion Art Center will host the opening of an exhibition of artwork by its members.   A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 5 PM to 8 PM in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.

July 14 to August 13th
Group Show: Judy Carver, Jane Egan, Mary Ross and Lynnette Torres

Mixed Media

The Marion Art Center hosted the opening of an exhibition of mixed media by Judy Carver, Jane Egan, Mary Ross and Lynnette Torres.   A reception honoring the artists and their guests was held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.


Judy Carver Reflections watercolor croppedJUDY CARVER has been pursuing her interests in drawing and painting since early retirement from real estate investment and management. Always fascinated by strong color contrasts, particularly light and shadow, often as they play over building structures, her goal is to create shapes using these color contrasts, while preserving her clarity of vision.  Judy has taken watercolor classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Marion Art Center and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has taken workshops with several New England watercolorists. Among her exhibitions are group shows at the Marion Art Center, Dover Public Library and the Springbull Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island.  She is a resident of Marion.

Jane Egan - Children on JettyJANE EGAN is a multifaceted artist who works with a variety of mediums, including oil paint, watercolors, and pastels.  Among Jane’s most recent accolades, she was awarded “Best in Show” for pastel works in both the 2015 Bourne-Wareham Art Association and 2015 Taunton Art Association member shows. She has also been accepted into the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Annual National Juried Exhibition, to be held June 14-July 10 of this year.  A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Jane is an active member of a variety of art-related societies and institutions.  Jane says of her work: “While line, shape and composition all contribute to my endeavors of capturing the ‘mood’ or ‘feel’ of a specific, spectacular (though often humble) view, I am most gratified when the colors of my art combine to evoke a strong emotional response, allowing artist and viewer to share an exceptional experience.”

Mary Ross - collage - cropped & rotatedMARY ROSS received a B.A. from Massachusetts College of Art.  Initially a landscape painter, she took most of her inspiration from nature.  For many years, Mary has been exploring collage, combining her painting expertise with beautiful handmade papers.  She uses these papers, torn and painstakingly layered, to create richly textured, colorful forms.  Subjects range from abstracts, florals and landscapes to a fanciful world of whimsical images.  Mary’s paintings and collages are featured in many permanent collections throughout the US and Europe.

Lynnette Torres Ready & Waiting_1LYNNETTE TORRES is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, MA.  She worked in the commercial art field as a stationery designer and publications artist, and spent 25 years as the Design Director for a Southcoast screen printing company.  Lynnette’s creations include pastel and watercolor portraits, as well as pen and ink drawings for advertising, invitations, notecards and framed collections.


June 3rd to July 9th
Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz

Abstract Paintings

The Marion Art Center hosted the opening of an exhibition of abstract paintings by Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz.   A reception honoring the artists and their guests was held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery. In addition, members of the Marion Garden Group presented floral interpretations of the artists’ paintings.


Netting - Susan Strauss

“Netting”    Susan Strauss

SUSAN STRAUSS grew up outside of New York City where going to see art in museums was an important influence for her painting. She has a BFA from Cornell University.  After college she tried to figure out how to be an artist and make a living.  She painted backgrounds for the Boston Ballet, helped build a blimp that flew around a NYC Disco, worked on a prizewinning short film and as a personal chef.  She studied Shiatsu, architectural rendering and faux finishes.  Eventually, she started her own business hand painting custom decorative finishes for clients, decorators, and photographers.  Strauss has work in many private homes and public spaces.  In 2014 she earned a Post Baccalaureate painting degree from UMass Dartmouth.  Selected solo shows and group exhibitions:  in MA – Colo Colo Gallery, Bromfield Gallery, UMass Boston, Gallery NAGA, Brickbottom Gallery,  New Bedford Art Museum, Tufts University, Boston University, Art Institute of Boston;  in RI – Gallery4, Van Vessem Gallery, Taste, A Coastal Living Gallery and Newport Museum;  in NY – Art in General, Alan Brown Gallery, and Prince Street Gallery.

Wild Quince - Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss   “Wild Quince”

Grants: Millay Colony for the Arts, MA Artist’s Foundation, MA Arts Lottery and Public Art Works RI.  Cover article abstraks magazine June 2012.
Of her work Susan says, “I paint from direct observation and contemplation of both inner and outer landscape.  When I go outside to paint plain air, I may return with an abstract painting of that experience or a meditation on weather.”  Then she relates, “A narrative may weave its way into a non-objective studio piece.  A “finished” painting could get scraped down to reveal a new openness or an overlooked opportunity. “ Recently, she has begun to experiment with layering different ways of seeing and letting these contrasting combinations share space.  Each painting begins either from observation or imagination, setting in motion an open-ended exploration that allows the work to lead her toward what she did not yet know.  Seasonal change and poetry inspire her to examine color.  Connection to the ocean, to trees and to the making of a garden teach her patience and a long view.

Listening Susan Strauss

“Listening” Susan Strauss

Her Westport, MA Studio/Barn is open to visitors during both the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour and the ART Drive in July and August.  She is open by appointment year round.


Moon Pull - Alison Horvitz

“Moon Pull” Alison Horvitz


ALISON HORVITZ – Alison studied painting at Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, and University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.  Most recently, her work was selected for Danforth Museum’s “Off The Wall” annual juried exhibit and The Blanch Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, in North Easton, MA.  She is the curator of Fall River’s Cherry and Webb Art Gallery, funded by the City of Fall River, as well as the founder and coordinator of Fall River’s Open Studios. For the past two years, she has been awarded an Artist Stipend from the local cultural council.

Her work begins as a sequence of related and interdependent actions, which are connectors to what comes next until a resolution is reached. Each painting serves as a guide of intuitive mental and physical processes, telling a story about what has occurred while simultaneously unveiling what is yet to come.

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“Edge of Joy” Alison Horvitz

Repetition is critical. Each stage accumulates and deconstructs pattern, form, texture and color. Of her work she says, “The history of my obsessive process is intentionally exposed in the surface of each finished piece. A well-articulated composition, based on a traditional sense of balance, chiaroscuro and space is the result of layers upon layers of pouring paint and mark making.”

The work is intentionally devoid of literal narrative: referencing all and, at the same time, referencing none. This ebb and flow keeps her working and striving to deliver work that is engaging and open for interpretation.

April 22nd to May 28th

All Photography Show

Bryan McSweeny
Donna Lee Tufts
Kent McCormack
Laurie Bullard

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of photography by local photographers, Bryan McSweeny, Kent McCormack, Donna Lee Tufts and Laurie Bullard.  A reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery. The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738.


Bryan McSweeny – Bryan McSweeny, a Brockton native,  is a travel photographer who concentrates on the area around his home on the south coast of Massachusetts. His focus is on the architecture of the region, the urban and rural landscapes found in New England, the people and local characters found there, and the work they do. Being an avid sailor, he makes the ocean a frequent theme bringing weather and clouds into play along with the occasional storm. He covers local sailing regattas on Buzzards Bay, in Newport, and other sailing venues around the northeastern United States.  He began actively taking photos while a student at Bowdoin College in Maine.  His interest expanded while he was stationed with the US Army in Germany.  While living in Mannheim, he also learned darkroom and printing techniques at the Army Photo Lab.  Most of his travel photos taken during that period where from his Nikon F camera.   Just before departing Germany he purchased a Leica M3 rangefinder camera with a 50mm Summicron lens. Since that time he has worked almost exclusively with Leica products including the M6 and R8 film cameras and the Focomat 35 enlarger in the darkroom. He uses Dell Precision Computers with Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software to process and archive his photos. His current printer is an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and his stock paper is Museo Portfolio Rag 300g. Bryan McSweeny lives year round in Marion, Massachusetts.

Kent McCormack  A native of Mattapoisett, Kent has been phtographing the special pla es and people of New England for over twenty years.  He is passionate about capturing the ordinary in its most extraordinary moment, using natural and man made light to create unique portraints and landscapes.  While studying Culinary Arts at Newbury College in Boston, he started taking night courses in photography on Cape Cod.  That is when he really developed a very special passion for the art.  He currently runs a successful wedding and portrait business.

Donna Lee Tufts – Donna Lee Tufts, a native of Marion, is a Bible Study teacher at her church, Professional Interior Designer, and photographer. She began taking digital photography in 2013 when she moved to Aucoot Avenue in Marion. The barrier beach and marsh provided her with unlimited subject matter and an ever-changing environment. She uses her inexpensive Canon SureShot for the wildlife, flowers, and close-ups of the patterns and textures in nature. She became interested in the details of shells; at first selecting the “perfect” shells, but then realized that the “imperfect” shells had far more character! She strives to create interesting compositions from everyday encounters with nature. Of her photography says:  “it not only gives me pleasure in sharing the awesome handiwork of our Creator, but also gives me contentment and peace.”

 Laurie Bullard Laurie has been taking photographs from a very early age on, first in black & white focusing on textures, shapes and contrast. In 2006, she bought her first digital camera and has moved into color as an added dimension. Primarily self-taught, she has taken a number of photo courses, most recently a workshop in Santa Fe taught by veteran National Geographic Magazine photographer Robb Kendrick. She is a member of the Westport Art Group, and a consignee at Gallery 65.  She works strictly with natural light, preferring to photograph out of doors subjects and she does not manipulate her work in any way. Of her work she says:  “I concentrate on using natural light, out-of-doors nature subjects, and really whatever else catches my eye. More close up shots – a detail I find especially interesting – than large landscapes. I am struck by the beauty I find in almost everything around me, and photograph it to share with others, in hopes that the viewers see the beauty.”

The Photography Show runs until May 28th.  The gallery is open to the public and there is no admission.  Gallery hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Marc St. Pierre
Recent Work

March 4th to April 16th

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of recent work by Marc St. Pierre. A reception honoring the artist will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery. St. Pierre will be exhibiting recent work in collage and encaustic at the Marion Art Center from March 4 to April 16, 2016. St. Pierre is a professor of Fine Arts at UMass Dartmouth and he maintains a studio in downtown New Bedford.


Marc St. Pierre
Artist StatementMarc St Pierre - portrait photo

“Similar to an early explorer, I search for new territories and I map them. Beginning with the collage process, I construct a surface reminiscent of aerial views. This groundwork may suggest islands or the meeting point of landmasses and water for example. Then, a layer of linear elements is introduced to evoke topographic patterns. These patterns become a physical overlay as they are suspended in translucent wax. The paintings are a dialog between the unsystematic and the constructed. The end result moves the eye gradually over this precarious equilibrium constantly in flux.”MSP_Port Townsend_encaustic_collage_15X15

St. Pierre was initially trained as a painter, and received his undergraduate degree from Laval University in Québec City. St. Pierre then studied intaglio printmaking with Stanley William Hayter in Paris in the mid-seventies. He received an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1979. He taught at the Swain School of Design for nine years before joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1988.

MSP_Dungeness Valley_encaustic_collage_15X15His work has been in several exhibitions including “New England Impressions: the art of printmaking”, juried prints at the Fitchburg Art Museum, which traveled to Kleve, West Germany. He was the recipient of a one-year grant to study printmaking at Atelier 17 in Paris with Stanley William Hayter. He was also awarded an artist residency at St. Michael’s Printshop in Newfoundland, Canada. Recently, he was included in the portfolio: “East/West: a survey of American Printmaking” an exhibition that traveled across the United States. His work is included in the Canadian Art Bank, Le Cabinet des Estampes in Geneva, Switzerland and numerous private collections.

He lives and maintains a studio in New Bedford and is a professor of fine arts in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth.



"Brainards Marsh watercolor Charlene Mackiewicz

“Brainard Marsh” watercolor by Charlene Mackiewicz

IMAGES:  The Lands of the Sippican Lands Trust

OCTOBER 2 through November 14

The Sippican Lands Trust and The Marion Art Center Host Joint Art Exhibition

A joint exhibition sponsored by the Marion Art Center and the Sippican Lands Trust entitled “Images:  The Lands of the Sippican Lands Trust” opened at the Marion Art Center on Friday, October 2nd.  A reception honoring the artists and their guests was held from 6pm to 8pm.  The Exhibition will run until November 14th.

Osprey - Angela Fiori

“Osprey” oil by Angela Fiori

This exhibition will be the second joint exhibition, the first being in 2011.  The initial idea came from John Howland, a Director of the Sippican Lands Trust, who came to the Marion Art Center Exhibition Committee with an idea for a joint exhibition.  In order to further The Lands Trust initiative to encourage visitation and enjoyment of the properties protected by the Trust, SLT would invite artists to visit the properties and create art depicting the many scenic sites that comprise the Lands Trust’s forests and marshes.   The Art Center would then host an exhibition of the resulting works.  The only criteria for the art work was that it depict views of a Lands Trust property or a view from Lands Trust property.

Brainard Marsh - weaving - detail Danielle Engwert

“Brainard Marsh”  weaving – detail by Danielle Engwert

In January of 2015, a “call for artists” was sent out from the Marion Art Center directing local artists to take a walk on one of the many trails, visit the marshes and forests and be inspired by their beauty.  There were no entry fees and the exhibition was non-juried.  Trail maps were “made available at the Lands Trust offices and at the Marion Art Center.  By the September 1, 2015 registration deadline, over 20 artists had registered to participate.  All mediums are represented including photography, oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor.


August 21 to September 26

THEME:  “Travels:  From Around the World to Your Own Backyard”

July 17 to August 15


Monoprints and oils by LESLIE BAKER




LESLIE BAKER – “Now and Then”
Leslie Baker’s career as a painter, portrait artist and illustrator spans forty years. After completing her master’s at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she quickly established herself in the city’s art scene, where she was represented by Rosenfeld Gallery. Her work was regularly included in major exhibitions in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

During this time Baker wrote and/or illustrated fifteen books for children. Her painterly illustrations earned her numerous awards, including the 1998 Children’s Book Award and selection as the US nominee for the international Ezra Jack Keats Award. Her work is included in the book, The Very Best of Children’s Illustration by the Society of Illustrators in New York.

A skilled draftsman, Baker’s principal mediums are oil and watercolor.  Of her current work Baker says, “I like painting what is around me, what is familiar, because of the almost endless opportunities for deeper exploration. I am intrigued by the idea of “knowing” something by painting it many times, at different times of the day, and different times of the year—changing my palette as needed, the size of my canvas, and my medium. And this is true whether I’m exploring a landscape, figurative or architectural theme.” She is drawn to the ordered edges of the land around her. She often will go back to the same place, sometimes changing scale or medium. Baker is intrigued by the notion of ‘knowing’ something by painting it many times, at different times of the day, and different times of the year.

Often the resulting pieces evolve and become more austere and abstract, restrained and mysterious.  She has always been interested in the transformative quality of light—how it can reveal, distort, dissolve or diffuse an object depending on the angle of the sun. How many ways can the light change the place, form, figure, or face? It is the act of returning again and again to a familiar place for deeper observation that drives her work.

In 1997, she and her family relocated to Martha’s Vineyard, a move that took her art in an important new direction, plein air landscapes.

Her paintings have appeared in numerous art publications including American Artist Magazine. Baker is currently showing at the Copley Society in Boston and at the Shaw Cramer Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, where she has had annual solo exhibitions. In addition, she is a successful portrait artist with more than 20 years of commissions. Baker welcomes the change in rhythm that comes from capturing not simply the likeness, but the personality and settings of her subjects.

“I have always made art. It is part of the rhythm of my days…a constant element and constantly evolving part of my life.”

Baker lives in West Tisbury with her husband David and a busy household that includes three dogs, a cat and an ever-expanding garden.


If you have strolled around Marion the last couple of weeks, you couldn’t miss the large kinetic sculptures by St. George Tucker Aufranc (“Tucker”) that have been installed on the Pleasant Street side of the Marion Art Center.  These sculptures provide a sneak peek at what is to come when the show formally opens on July 17th.  One piece, titled “Osprey” elegantly suggests the majestic wings of an osprey hovering over its nest of twigs.  The pure essence of osprey wings and nest are executed in laminated cedar and natural twigs.  Visitors to the sculpture are invited to add twigs to the nest part if they wish.  The other sculpture “Moral Compass” is made of teak and spins on its axis as the wind moves it.  Of his work, Aufranc says, “Visual impact is primary.  It may be fleeting due to shape, color or even strangeness, but it should register, nonetheless.  If the work imparts a sense of curiosity then I would consider it successful. If the work appears inherently balanced then I am satisfied.”

Aufranc has not always been a sculpture.  “There are things one starts later in life, and there are things one starts a whole lot later!” says Aufranc of his later in life passion for creating art.

About 18 years ago he started painting watercolor and oils.  Through trial and error, study and practice, three years later he was able to present the first of fifteen one-man shows, more work than he would like to admit!  He continues to paint, but four years ago he retired as an orthopedic surgeon and went back to school: in sculpture.

Presently he continues to be a student at U. Mass Dartmouth and works out of a studio at the Star Store in New Bedford.  He is producing exciting pieces and says “hopefully I will never graduate as the studio is mine until I do!”

Aufranc believes that balance affords completion, particularly obvious in the kinetic work which has caused him to take a bit more than passing interest in weather reports and wind speed!


June 5 to July 11

Kim Morin Weineck and Eli Cedrone 

 With “Art In Bloom” Floral Interpretations

by members of the Marion Garden Group

At the Opening on Friday, June 5th

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Kim Morin Weineck and Eli Cedrone from June 5th to July 11th.  Both galleries will be interspersed with the pastels and oils of Kim Morin Weineck and the oils of Eli Cedrone.  A reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.  The show will run until July 11th.  At the opening on Friday, June 5th, members of the Marion Garden Group will present “Art In Bloom” exhibiting beautiful fresh floral arrangements interpreting the paintings.  Art In Bloom lasts as long as the blossoms do, so don’t miss the opening!

SPECIAL EVENT:  On Saturday, June 27th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, both artists will give demonstrations in their “Portable Studios” at the Marion Art Center on the Pleasant Street Patio.



Eli Cedrone

ELI CEDRONE has always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions.  “Painting is a process of discovery and decision-making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed”, she feels.  She is drawn to the human form where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds.

Eli Cedrone - Fishing Boats oil on panel

“Fishing Boats”                   oil on panel       Eli Cedrone

Often she’ll explore a narrative theme in order to capture the emotional power of a moment in time. “I think that common, everyday things can be beautiful and resonant without being manipulative or artificially provocative. For me, landscape painting is a journey in search of something that evokes a personal response to nature beyond the obvious. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint.”

Soon after graduation from the School of Art & Design, Suffolk University in Boston, Eli decided to skip the harsh New England winters, choosing instead to begin her career in Bermuda at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. She took a brief sabbatical from her job to study art n Florence, Italy. After nearly five years on “the rock” she developed a case of island fever, and set her sights on California. For the next ten years she lived in Laguna Beach, working as an illustrator and magazine designer. Marriage and the birth of her daughter brought her back to Boston where she continued studies at the School of the MFA and began painting full-time. She returns often to Bermuda and California to visit friends and teach painting workshops. She is a member of the Copley Society Boston, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society America, the MFA Boston, Guild of Boston Artists, and Laguna Plein Air Painters.

Eli Cedrone - mother and child at beach

“Mother & Child at Beach” oil                Eli Cedrone

Of her work she says, “I work primarily in oils, and feel it’s important to work from life. Contemporary Impressionism best describes my style. I often paint outdoors and develop larger works in the studio from the model, memory and a variety of references.” Eli resides in a suburb of Boston, MA, with her husband, daughter and two Boston Terriers, Sargent & Sorolla.

Weineck- in studio

Kim Morin Weineck

KIM MORIN WEINECK is a pastel and oil painter who concentrates on the beauty of interpretive landscapes. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC), Artist member of various art associations and Founder and Instructor of the Neponset Valley Artists (NVA) her active atelier.  Look for her work to be highlighted in The Pastel Journal‘s vaunted “Pastel 100” issue of April 2015. Her piece was selected from 2500+ paintings!

"Sunlit Barn" pastel Kim Morin Weineck

“Sunlit Barn” pastel      Kim Morin Weineck

Kim holds a BFA in Fine Art, 2D from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she graduated with distinction and found her artist-voice studying in Pont-Aven, Brittany, France. Kim has served as Gallery Director at Gallery9, Norwood, MA.


A mother to two young daughters, Kim describes herself as a happy wife struggling to juggle it all, which includes teaching and painting but also making homemade jam for fresh scones in the morning.  ” It’s a lot of fun squeezing in time to paint!”


April 24 to May 30th

“Works on Paper and In Metal”

Brenda Wrigley Scott and James Reynolds

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of work by Brenda Wrigley Scott and James Reynolds titled “Works On Paper and In Metal”.  A reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery.  The show will run until May 30th.  The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738. Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.


IMG_0652Brenda Wrigley Scott

My approach to Birds: “Works on Paper” begins with the preparation of the surface of the paper. Taking my inspiration from the natural world I lay down a field which is textured, gritty, and earthy, like soil itself upon which I begin to build my composition.

IMG_0298When my thoughts settle on the bird I want to portray I start to paint keeping my marks fluid and gestural yet precise enough to accurately depict the bird while still capturing the transcendence of the act of flying.

IMG_0506When finished I step back and look at the work as a whole, a complete thought, a performance of sorts. One which starts grounded on the earth then once infused with my energy and focus, a life (or life force) emerges, and is released possessing the boundless freedom of a spirit in flight.

This series instills in me a deep satisfaction and a pure sense of joy. The paintings liberate me and if through them I can pass along the same emotional connection to the viewer ~ perfect!

JAMES REYNOLDS – “Works In Metal”

As an artist I feel my role is that of an observer and the act of recognizing and recording events around me is in and of itself the primary impetus driving my work.

I execute my work with the traditional metal working technique known as repousse, entirely freehand without the use of molds, stamps, or dies using as my metal, copper, tinplated steel, or stainless steel. I will also, for some pieces, apply traditional patinas and sometimes paint and draw on the metal surface as well.

There are times when I feel a more minimal approach is suited to the narrative at which point I’ll pull back and subtract elements from an art work leaving the viewer to fill in the story line and voids with self-discovery.

There are other times when I feel a much more decorative, baroque approach is necessary to get my point across. Inviting the viewer to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Whether I’m choosing to explore a scientific theory, a spiritual concept, or simply representing beauty for beauty’s sake my ability to realistically render my subject is the foundation on which the work is built.”


March 6th through April 18th

In The Cecil Clark Davis Gallery

Jay Ryan – Recent Watercolors

J Ryan Studio Mirrors 42 x 60 watercolor

“Studio Reflections” watercolor 42 x 60 Jay Ryan

“Studio Puddles and Successive Approximations”


Artist’s Statement:  Jay Ryan

I’ve squinted at the sun since I was a kid.  I first remember painting at six during Saturday morning classes at the Civic League in Framingham, Massachusetts.  I don’t think I ever begged to go and I’m not sure whether I liked it or not.  But, my guess is…I was changed from the experience.

I had coloring books as a kid…all kinds.  But I never colored like my friends.  I can remember layering color on top of color on top of color…mixing two and three or four shades to make better, brighter greens…richer, more interesting browns.  And deep, deep, dark purple shadows.

In sixth grade, my teacher figured I had some kind of artistic ability because I included little drawings on all the papers I turned in.  My report covers were spectacular…the content inside, well, I’m not so sure.  It was enough for her to send me off to a special Friday afternoon group with the art teacher.  I was happy to be there, doing something I liked to do…all the while missing Science class and believe me, I wasn’t really missing Science.
And it was art classes that got me through junior high and high school.  I didn’t knock myself out studying (there was that science again), but  I read loads of books and filled more than a few sketch pads that I wish I had today.  They were filled with pen and ink drawings, copies of movie ads and magazine photographs.  One of my dad’s cousins began to feed my hunger for art books.  The hunger became an addiction.  That collection still grows today;  it stands somewhere between library and hoarding.

Somehow I made it to college and after two years of education and liberal arts classes I took a class in color theory.   All of a sudden I began to understand why I saw the world the way I did.   I became fascinated by the ways in which light and color impact all we see.  I took more art classes and began to make the key connections between learning, vision, history, artists, creating, literature, humanities, culture…and life.  After graduation I had the good fortune to teach Art in several public schools.  The joy and fun of having students discover their creative selves was extraordinary!

This is the sentence that explains a twenty year absence from creating in paint:   I became a school principal.   Today, most every day, I paint;  people, the occasional still life, landscapes—or, a narrative mix of all three.  In watercolor, very occasionally oil or pastels, but mainly watercolor…for its puddles, for its light, for its successive approximations of what I see, and for how it allows me to share those visions with others.

Within the puddles and successive approximations are beautiful, layered, abstract shapes and colors that, from a distance, create a real sense of memories and stories, but up close they (hopefully), create the belief that you, the viewer,  are there seeing, the subtleties and nuance of light and shadow while engaging with the people populating them.  By working on a large scale, I want viewers to enter my visual world and see the intricacies of color that create the light and depth and shadows of ordinary life surrounding them.

 In the Patsy Francis Gallery

“Colorful Creations!”

Colorful Sun   Artwork by the Students of Erin Kirk at the Sippican Elementary School.

In conjunction with Youth Art Month, the art students at Sippican Elementary School, in Marion, Massachusetts, under the supervision of their art teacher, Erin Kirk, will exhibit works titled “Colorful Creations!” in the Patsy Francis Gallery at the Marion Art Center, in Marion, MA.  Mrs. Kirk has assembled a collection of artwork created by her students which includes several works from each grade level and represents various mediums, including sculptures, all of which will be on exhibit from March 6th until April 18th.  There will be a special opening reception at the Marion Art Center for the students and their parents after school on Friday, March 6th from 3:30 to 5:30.

 The main focus of the Art Program at Sippican Elementary School is the production, or making, of art. Most of the projects are introduced with an art history or appreciation lesson in which the students view and discuss the art of a selected period, culture, or artist.

The Sippican Elementary School Art program emphasizes that learning to be an artist is much like learning a sport.  With patience, persistence, practice, problem solving, and a positive approach, every student has the ability to create beautiful and meaningful art.



 Winter Members Show 2015

 January 9 through February 28

S Davis - Spragues Cove - Winter - Pastel

“Sprague’s Cove” by S. Davis – pastel

The Marion Art Center kicked off its 2015 Gallery Season with the Annual Winter Members Show.  A reception was be held on Friday, January 9th for the artists and their guests.  All members in good standing of the Marion Art Center were invited to submit 3 pieces to be included in the non-juried exhibition.

The body of work in the exhibition represents over 40 artists and includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastel paintings, as well as photographs and collage.

  ALL WORK MUST BE  PICKED UP ON:  Tuesday, March 3rd from 1pm to 5pm.  


Holiday Shop 2014

November 21st to December 20th

"Winter Vista" by A. Shire watercolor

“Winter Vista” by A. Shire watercolor

The Marion Art Center Galleries are now featuring one of a kind and limited edition artisan gifts in ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, jewelry, paintings, glass, collage, toys, painted furniture, and more.   Over 30 artisans will be selling their fine arts and crafts through December 20th.

Holiday Shop Hours:  Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 5 and Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is free.

Special Events at MAC Galleries

Starting at 10:00am on Saturday, December 13th, Timothy Wade, local sand and ice sculptor and painter, will give an ice carving demonstration on the patio outside the Art Center on the Pleasant Street side.  Meanwhile, inside the Art Center, Mike McCarthy of Mattapoisett Bird Works, known for his beautiful bird carvings will be giving a bird carving demonstration.  Visitors are invited to come and watch both artisans as they transform ice into sculpture and wood into lifelike birds.  The Marion Art Center is one of the stops on Sippican Women’s Club House Tour and visitors are cordially invited to come inside and find that one of kind gift that will be on display in both galleries.

Also on December 13th from 10:00am to noon, Wendy Todd Bidstrup will be signing copies of her new book “Cecil Clark Davis – Self Portrait Biography”, an inspiring, insightful, amusing portrait of a gracious time and an amazing woman.  The narrative in first person includes diary entries, letters and observations.  Visitors are invited to come inside the theater, see the Art Center’s permanent collection of portraits painted by Cecil Clark Davis and meet Wendy and talk about her labor of love and how it all came to fruition after years of fascinating research.

The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738.  For more information visit MAC’s website at www.marionartcenter.org or call 508-748-1266.

October 4th to November 14th

Charles Parsons:  Paintings

Mark Parsons:  Prints & Drawings

The Marion Art Center is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by Charles Parsons and prints and drawings by Mark C. Parsons which will run from October 4, 2014 to November 14, 2014.  Both the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and the Patsy Francis Gallery will be filled with watercolors and oils by Charles Parsons and prints and drawings by his son, Mark Parsons.

 Charles C. Parsons or “Charlie” as he was known by everyone, passed away in 2011.  He was a long-time patron of the Marion Art Center, as well as a faithful member of the Board of Directors and he was a teacher, mentor and friend to a large circle of local painters.  His personal presence is very much missed by all, but his paintings remain a source of inspiration and beauty for everyone who sees them.  Charlie exhibited many times in the galleries of the Marion Art Center, taught workshops, and regularly encouraged fellow Art Center member artists to continue growing as artists.  His wife, Sandria Parsons says, “Charlie sketched everywhere he went – waiting for lunch at a diner, from the deck of Kittiwake, at town meeting, before boarding a plane.  He primarily sketched the figure – his children and grandchildren, unknowing strangers – disciplining himself to make 2-minute sketches or to draw with a single line never taking his eyes off his subject.”

The Marion Art Center is honored to host this exhibition of Charlie’s paintings and to introduce his son Mark’s prints and drawings to this community.


MParsons_IWM_2 - compressedMark Parsons: Prints & Drawings

Mark Parsons, son of Charlie Parsons, is an artist living in New York City. Currently teaching at Pratt Institute, he has also held teaching positions at Cornell University, and Hunter College, as well as lecturing at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, SUNY Purchase, UMass Dartmouth, ISE Cultural Foundation, Grounds for Sculpture, and elsewhere.  He has exhibited work at the United Nations, Kennedy Center for the Arts, Seaport Museum, Springfield Art Museum, New Bedford Art Museum, Provincetown Art Museum, and private galleries in New York and abroad.  Parsons has received numerous awards and grants for his artwork, including the Jacob Javits Fellowship, Pratt Institute Faculty Development Grants, the Wynn Newhouse Foundation Grant, and two FIPSE Grants.

Ranging in scale and medium from sculpture, to printmaking and large wall drawings, Parsons’ artwork draws formally and conceptually from cartography, architecture, and neurological mapping to address issues of perception, knowledge, and representation. The work often relies on collaboration during some portion of its development, and has brought a range of artists and architects into its realization, contributing to his understanding of the work as demographic and intellectual mapping.

Before coming to New York City, Parsons rebuilt a hurricane destroyed boat, named her Lazarus, and sailed 3 years and 30 thousand miles around the Earth; across the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea, Indian Ocean, around Africa, across the Atlantic, a hundred miles up the Amazon River, and home again.  He returned to working as a carpenter in the northeast before heading to graduate school to pursue an MFA, and then moved to New York.

Parsons has designed bars in New York City, and recently has designed and built transitional housing for earthquake-displaced families in Haiti – called the Haiti Softhouse.  Parsons is the Executive Director of the Consortium for Research and Robotics, and the Director of Production Technologies for the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute.

The show will run from October 4, 2014 to November 14, 2014.  The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738.  Gallery hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Watercolor by Charlie Parsons Charles C. Parsons:  Watercolors and Oils

Although I believe everyone appreciates the beauty of our world, the painter probably appreciates it more consciously.  I try hard to communicate my feelings to others… and so I paint.

 Painting, for me, is a great leveler.  The peaks and valleys of life are put in perspective.  The peaks are higher and the valley’s fewer and shallower.  I’m not interested in creating work that is disturbing and unsettling.  I’m more interested in seeing and feeling beauty in nearly everything and in working to express that.   If I can achieve that end, I won’t be painting in vain. 

                                                                                    ~ Charles Parsons, 2009


Charlie pursued his painter’s passion both formally and informally during thirty-five years of orthopedic practice in Philadelphia and Wareham. He chose to retire in 1993 at age sixty-one so he could “have another career.” He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island School of Design. He loved to be in the presence of artists and traveled often with art groups to see the world, sketchbook and paintbrush in hand. Most families have photo memories of their travels; the Parsons have sketches and watercolors for remembrance.

Charlie studied intensely the works of great artists – Turner, Hopper, and John Singer Sargent among many. Charlie absorbed the advice of great teachers of oil and watercolor painting. The Art Spirit by Robert Henri was a bible to him. Charlie’s personal copy, full of notations, will be displayed for Marion Art Center visitors to see.

By today’s standards, Charlie retired from his orthopedic practice too young. He frequently mentioned missing his patients over the years of his second career. On the other hand, he chose what for him was the return to a “spiritual” experience not unlike the freedom of his boyhood summers on dairy farms and in the woods of Woodstock, CT. With a focus on the natural world, his painterly representation of the familiar opens our eyes to beauty around us.

                                                 Sandria R. Parsons
September 6, 2014


“Town & Country”

August 22 through September 27

Featuring works by Robert Abele, III, Sarah Brown, Sharlie Sudduth and Jack Wheatley

 Opening Reception: Friday ▪ August 22 ▪ 6pm to 8pm

The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of paintings titled “Town and Country” featuring works by local artists Robert Abele, III, Sarah Brown, Sharlie Sudduth and Jack Wheatley.  A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm.  Both the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and the Patsy Francis Gallery will be filled with their oils, watercolors and pastels depicting landscapes and cityscapes.  The show will run until September 27th.  The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738. Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.  Admission is free.



Oil by Robert Abele III

Oil by Robert Abele III

Robert Abele, III was born in Bronxville, NY in 1969. He has spent his life making images of the New England landscape. The south coast of Massachusetts, North Fork of Long Island and Provincetown are a few of the places close to Robert’s heart. His paintings are done from life, plein air, in the tradition of Corot and Monet. Responding to the changing effects of light and atmosphere, using an economy of brushstroke capturing quick nuances and shifts in line and color. Robert studied art in New York at the School of Visual Arts & the Art Students League, graduating in 1993 with a B.F.A. in Fine Art. John Ruggeri, Juan Gonzalez and James McMullan were only a few of the professors that affected Robert’s early development as an artist at SVA. Robert’s work has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post. Many of his works have won national awards, often regarded as a painter’s painter.  He is inspired to paint what he calls a “vanishing history of America’s past”. This ongoing life’s passion – to preserve the gentle New England coast – is his muse and his dialog with this subject matter will continue to challenge him visually.

Robert feels that a plein air image has a certain quality to it that can only be achieved by producing the work outdoors. “No other form of painting brings you as close as direct observation of the landscape while being surrounded by it,” he says. “The dialogue shared here is not only intimate but almost impossible to recreate in the studio.”

Pastel by Sarah Brown Pine Island Pond

Pastel by Sarah Brown – Pine Island Pond

Sarah Brown has been painting watercolors of the Southcoast since the early 1970’s. Her watercolors, and now pastels, reflect the wind and waves and lush gardens of our sea coast and surrounding communities. Using color and line, she expresses the special character of Southeastern Massachusetts. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries on Cape Cod, in Boston and Chicago.  Locally, Sarah paints children’s Adirondack chairs, tables and stools.  Sarah lives in Rochester and enjoys interpreting the surrounding fields and bogs.

oil by Jack Wheatley - New York City

Oil by Jack Wheatley – New York City

John (“Jack”) Wheatley is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern Law School.  For the last forty years he has studied the use of various art media with William Lawrence, Christopher Shinck, George Nick, Alexandra Walker, Albert Alcalay at Harvard,  Janet Monafo at Massachusetts College of Art, and Joel Babb at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He has exhibited at the Pembroke Arts Festival, the Marion Art Center, the Bridgewater Public Library, and several times at the Providence Art Club, of which he is a member.  He was a prize-winner in the Providence Art Club Members’ Exhibit, 2007.  His paintings are in private collections in Massachusetts and various other states.  Of his work he says, “My work has been an attempt to capture the realities of light and color around us.”

Oil by Sharlie Sudduth

Oil by Sharlie Sudduth

Sharlie Sudduth grew up in Cambridge, MA, went to Smith College, majored in History and took an art class . . . marriage and 4 children did not give her much time for art!  She volunteered in school and for family planning.  She started a yarn shop and began to love color with skeins of yarn all around her.  Then she went back to school for a master’s degree in ounseling/psychology and worked for Hospice as a volunteer coordinator.  When she retired 18 years ago, she started painting with a class at RISD beginning with watercolor.  Now she paints full time.  Of her work she says, “I start with a feeling of beauty about the places I am in and just enjoy the process of drawing and finding my way into what I think I want to paint.  Often I discover something more as I go along doing the painting.  I settle in, feeling the sun and the wind and often losing a sense of time and myself as if in a meditation.  I like my paintings to tell stories and reflect the feelings of the places I paint.  Now I also paint in oil and often use photographs, which means I travel on photo trips to capture places.  But it is never the same as sitting there!”  Sharlie lives in Marion. She is a member of the Providence Art Club, the Marion Art Center and the Westport Art Group.


Summer Members Show

July 18th August 16th

The Marion Art Center 2014 Summer Members Show features over 80 works by Marion Art Center Members.  Every medium is represented including, watercolor, oil, pastel, collage, photography and more!

“Tapestry of Innovation”

Fine Art Prints   Fiber Sculpture
Artist Books   Watercolors

June 6th to July 12th

Arlene K. McGonagle
Carol Strause FitzSimonds
Susan E. Patterson

The exhibition features the diverse work of three award winning artists from Rhode Island:  contemporary basket maker Arlene K. McGonagle, printmaker Carol Strause FitzSimonds and the prints and watercolor paintings of Susan E. Patterson. The exhibition fills both the Cecil Clarke Davis Gallery and the Patsy Francis Gallery with a selection of paintings, collage, prints, artist books, textile weavings and fiber sculpture.  An opening reception honoring the artists and their guests was hosted by the Marion Art Center on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm along with “Art in Bloom” floral interpretations of the artists’ work, created by members of the Marion Garden Group.  The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738. Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Meet the Artists:

McGonagle LayeredfullArlene K. McGonagle

Arlene has been a traditional basket maker, making functional baskets since 1981. After many years of creating utilitarian baskets, she acquired the necessary skills to experiment with new forms and shapes.  She started making contemporary baskets using many non-traditional materials such as Japanese papers, wire, copper foil, pewter, brass etc. Her new work evolved to conceptual designs that represent ideas rather than functional containers.

Arlene received her MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1998.

Presently, Arlene is continuing her work on contemporary baskets while experimenting with printmaking and encaustics in her studio located in the Cutler Mills, Warren, RI.

Of her recent work, Arlene says:   “Scripted Baskets” has been a new series of work that I have produced in the last five years. My baskets combine fiber structures interwoven with hand-made paper portraying words transformed from a variety of sources.”  Some of her pieces portray phrases from Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Some employ words from other authors. Others contain excerpts from her personal journals, written on the basket interior due to the personal nature of the portrayed thoughts. The material used to sculpt each basket conforms to the spirit of the writings that will be incorporated into the woven form as the work goes forward. Rice or kozo paper is often used for the inner scripted segments, while hand-made specialty paper usually forms the outer surfaces.

WaterLilySeries#11,mixedmediaintaglio,7x7inchesCarol Strause FitzSimonds

Printmaker, book artist, instructor and a former gallery curator, for the past three decades Carol has exhibited her work at colleges, museums, and galleries across the United States and abroad.  Married to her college sweetheart, a career naval officer and the proud mother of one son, the family moved constantly until her husband retired from active duty in 2001.  Settled now in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Carol teaches printmaking at the Providence Art Club.  Her art can be found in numerous private and public collections including: the Smithsonian, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, United States Library of Congress, New Britain Museum of American Art, Slater Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, Villanova University, Wheaton College, Providence Art Club and others.

Carol feels that being a printmaker is a great privilege.  What drew her to printmaking and still captivates her spirit is the versatility of each print process, the textural qualities of the printed surface, and the potential for multiple permutations.  In her artist’s statement she says:  “Printmaking techniques create effects and images not possible in any other art form.  Under the heading “printmaking” there are literally dozens of established processes to create an artist’s vision as a single or multiple image with new techniques emerging constantly to push the boundaries of what is termed an “original” fine art print.  Add to printmaking the re-emergence of the book as “fine art” and there is even more potential for innovation in concept and presentation.  “Touch” is now linked to “look and see” as my prints move off the wall to become tactile sculpture.  Each print becomes part of a larger whole, tied together by structure and/or text.”

Her work has received numerous awards in competitions across the country and has been featured in the Artists’ Magazine, the Journal of the Print World, and 100 Artists of New England.  Carol is a juried member of the Audubon Artists Inc., Printmakers Network of Southern New England, Society of American Graphic Artists, and Boston Printmakers.

photoSusan E. Patterson

Susan Patterson has been exhibiting work in and around New England for seventeen years.  Her mediums are pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, and printmaking.   Her passion for art began in Canada under the tutelage of her mother who was a professional artist.  Following a career move to the Unites States in 1973, painting occupied her spare time.   In 1999 she joined a group of women artists in Massachusetts which led to her first successful gallery exhibition in Boston.    Her work revolves around the figure and the New England seascape and reflects her travels in Maine, Yosemite National Park in California, Arizona, and Europe.   This is her second time as an exhibitor at the Marion Art Center.

Her passion for art revolves around the intellectual approach for each work.  She enjoys the process taking it to different levels using a variety of mediums.  During the past five years, printmaking has added new perspective to her approach and enabled her to expand and improve her drawing and observation skills.

In 1999 she became a founding board member of the Art League of Rhode Island.  Susan is an artist member of the Providence Art Club, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the Art League of Rhode Island.  She obtained her certificate program in Painting and Drawing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 under a four year program. She was a contributing artist to two boxed print portfolios in conjunction with the Providence Art Club.  The portfolios are on permanent display at a number of business institutions in Rhode Island and Connecticut – among them the Providence Athenaeum, Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Hospital and the New Britain Museum in Connecticut.

An Exhibition of Photographs

by Ronald Wisner and Corinna Raznikov

April 25 through May 31

The Marion Art Center is pleased to host an exhibition of photographs by Ronald Wisner and Corinna Raznikov.  A reception honoring the photographers was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Marion Art Center from 6pm to 8pm.  Both the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and the Patsy Francis Gallery are filled with their photographs including Corinna’s whimsical portraits taken for her project “Vocabulary Day” in the Patsy Francis Gallery and Ron’s landscapes from around the world and in our own backyard.  The show will run until May 31st.



When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience.  We feel that our senses are awake and clear.  We are alive.  This quote from artist Jasper Johns is printed in bright white letters on pitch black paper surrounded by a snowy white frame and is prominently placed at the beginning of the exhibition of Corinna Raznikov’s photographs.  The photos feature children joyously experiencing their natural environments and sets the tone for her entire exhibition.

Corinna’s photography has been featured in numerous galleries and museums in group and one woman shows from Scotland to San Francisco, and is regularly published in national and regional magazines.  Her work has been described as “mysteriously revealing of the spirit of her subjects”.

She received her B. A. in Art and English from the University of the Pacific, where she concentrated her studies on the portrait in photography. Corinna furthered her training by studying the history of photography at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and the aesthetics of photography at Harvard University.

After completing her degree, Corinna taught photography at the University of the Pacific, and continues to teach in her field as a highly regarded instructor.

Along with her commercial work as a wedding photographer, Corinna continues exhibiting her artwork and volunteering her photography services in many capacities. Her recent project “Vocabulary Day”, is an ambitious 6 year project where she is photographing 500+ children dressed as definitions in the Sippican Elementary School’s “Living Dictionary”, to raise awareness for literacy as well as funds for the Sippican School’s Etta Hicks-Allen Library.  All proceeds from the sale of these photographs will benefit the Etta Hicks Library at the Sippican School.

Corinna has received numerous awards and acclaim for her images which capture the natural beauty of her subjects.  She lives in Marion, MA with her husband, daughter Josephine, Jezebel the cat and Stella, the dog. They all love art and sailing.


Ronald Wisner is the former CEO and founder of the Wisner Company which manufactured and sold photographic devices world-wide for over two decades through 2004. He has taught, lectured and published on the subject of photography extensively, holds several US photographic device patents, and was the official OEM manufacturer of the Polaroid 20×24 instant camera, which he installed in key major cities in Europe and Asia in partnership with Polaroid Corporation. Ron Wisner is primarily a landscape photographer and photographs internationally.

In his Artist’s Statement Ron says:  “The debate about whether photography is art may never really be settled in the minds of some.  Expensive auctions in which vintage photographs sell for fantastic prices may establish the items as being valuable objects, but are they art?  I come back to this subject from time to time, especially when I am preparing a show and assembling the images which I have decided go best together to make a statement.”

He states further:  “If the sharing of human thought, aesthetics, emotions, and the ineffable and subtle and nearly inexpressible intuitions about the shared existential experience is what art is, and if that must include the cathartic process, then perhaps any otherwise useless decoration stuck on a wall or played before an audience, or written on the page for pure entertainment (intellectual though it may be) qualifies as art.  I do not belittle the arts at all, that is not my point. My argument is to add weight to the argument that photography is art if it is intended to be so.

Now that we may stipulate that photography is art, it is important to understand that all arts are languages unto themselves.  Each art form is a language in the domain of one or more of the senses.  Colors can only be a visual perception; music belongs to the ears; dance to the body; the written word to our unique human ability of assigning symbols to abstractions which can be shared.”

Of this exhibition of his photographs he says:  “Think of it as a forty movement piece of music, where some images are bold and assertive and seem to make their own statement, some images a quiet pause, perhaps a bit mysterious, which, if hung by itself out of context might fail to convey its meaning.  The collection is intended as a range of expression; some will cleanse the pallet, some will linger.  I will not single out any images in particular; the cathartic process will stand on its own.”


March 7th to April 19th

The Marion Art Center is currently hosting an exhibition of abstract art featuring works by Bouldin G. “Bo” Burbank, Jeffrey Rappo, and Filipe Miguel, from March 7th to April 19th.

While the word “abstract” could describe or define the type of art that is produced by the artists exhibiting in this show, the three artists most definitely have diverse mediums.  Jeff Rappo is a digital photographer, Bo Burbank is a painter and found object sculptor, and Filipe Miguel creates works using the “encaustic” method of painting. The resulting show breaks out of the normal box for exhibitions usually shown at the Marion Art Center.


Jeff Rappo.  A life-long interest in music and art has inspired Jeff’s most recent creative pursuit of digital photography.  This medium is a perfect outlet for his experimental nature. An affinity towards the unusual and darker aspects of the human psyche is expressed through his abstract works.  Jeff is a social science graduate of UMass-Dartmouth and currently resides in Marion.

Bo Burbank defies artistic standardization as far as style and approach.  He rotates from one medium to another, going back and forth between paint, watercolor, sculpture and multimedia.  He often starts his works with a mental image of a landscape or a stored-up feeling over an event or issue, but once initial contact with the canvas is made, his mind set and energies become open-ended, evolving on the canvas.  Most of his compositions are abstractions, full of quick action and reaction strokes allowing the viewer to interpret the image through his or her own way of “seeing”.  His sculptural pieces are inspired by the “found objects” he collects, producing works that are the products of emotion impelled by personal feelings or by public events and issues. Bo resides in Marion.

Filipe Miguel. Filipe grew up in South Eastern Massachusetts.  He was born in Paris in 1972, immigrated with his parents to the US at a young age and became a naturalized US citizen in 2005.  As an artist, Filipe fuses different mediums and techniques to create his work.  In his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, he explored drawing and painting while earning a BFA in Painting and Art Eduction.  He achieved an MFA from the University of Connecticut in 2003 where he developed his interest in multi-media installations.


Winter Members Show

January 10, 2014 through March 1, 2014

All MAC Members in good standing are invited to submit 3 pieces.


Tuesday, January 7th – 1pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 8th – 1pm to 5pm

Each piece must be identified on the FRONT (with a sticky note) with the Artist Name, Title, Medium and price.

All work must be matted and framed, ready to hang (with sturdy picture wire affixed securely to the frame), and must not have been shown at MAC previously.

PICK UP DATE:  Tuesday, March 5th from 1-5pm.

30th Annual Holiday Shop

November 22nd through December 20th.

Gala Opening:  Friday, November 22, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Marion Art Center will kick off Holiday festivities with a gala opening of its 30th Annual Holiday Shop Friday, November 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Both Galleries will feature one of a kind and limited edition gifts in ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, jewelry, paintings, glass, scrimshaw, collage, toys, painted furniture, and more.  Truman Terrell will entertain on piano while shoppers enjoy food and wine at the opening.  Over 30 artisans will be selling their fine arts and crafts through December 20th.

Holiday Shop Hours:  Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 5 and Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm.   Admission is free.

On Saturday, December 14th, Timothy Wade, local sand and ice sculptor and painter, will give an ice carving demonstration starting at 10:00am on the patio outside the Art Center on the Pleasant Street side.  Meanwhile, inside the Art Center, local wood carver, Mike McCarthy, known for his beautiful bird carvings will be giving a bird carving demonstration.  Visitors are invited to come and watch both artisans as they transform ice into sculpture and wood into lifelike birds.  The Marion Art Center is one of the stops on Sippican Women’s Club House Tour and visitors are cordially invited to come inside and find that one of kind gift.

The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA  02738.  For more information visit MAC’s website at www.marionartcenter.org or call 508-748-1266.

"Morning Brilliance" oil by M. Rousseau


“Art on the Water”

August 23rd to September 28th

Artist members of the Marion Art Center were invited to submit 2 pieces each for the exhibition titled “Art On The Water”.  The resulting show has over 75 pieces of art depicting, boats, working water front scenes, birds, fish, lighthouses, bogs, and more!  There are oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylic, collage, and photographs.  The exhibition will run until September 28th.

NOTE TO EXHIBITING MEMBERS SHOW ARTISTS:  PICK UP is Tuesday, October 1st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.


October 4 –November 15, 2013
Opening Reception  Friday, October 4 from 6pm to 8pm

“New England Shores” in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery

“Remembrance – The Pink Chair Project” in the Patsy Francis Gallery

"Checking the Traps" oil by Lynne Schulte

“Checking the Traps” oil by Lynne Schulte

“New England Shores”, showing in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery, is an exhibition of oil paintings of coastal images from the shores of Massachusetts and Maine. They range from the artifacts of the working waterfront or seaside parks to images that show pure beauty of sea and sky.

"Wet Feet" oil by Lynne Schulte

“Wet Feet” oil by Lynne Schulte

“Remembrance –the Pink Chair Project” which will be installed in the Patsy Francis Gallery, is a love story and celebrates the memory of Lynne Schulte’s mother in moving and beautiful images. Lynne sensed her mother’s presence while painting an Adirondack chair of her mother’s favorite color – bright, knock-your-socks-off pink. After the initial surprise of that experience, Lynne began placing the chair into various locations that had special meaning to the artist or her mother. In this way, the artist has created a cohesive body of work that shines both as individual paintings and as a sensitive and powerful grouping.

Each pink chair painting has a story. As she painted, Lynne understood more about her mother, about her relationship with her mother, and herself. These stories are written and posted with the paintings. Gallery visitors are invited to participate in the project by sitting in the “Pink Chair”, posting a note to a loved one, or by writing a longer excerpt in the Remembrance book.

Remembrance- The Pink Chair exhibit is currently traveling and will have future stops in Marblehead MA Public Library (Dec 2013-Jan 2014), Provident Bank, Amesbury (March/April 2014), Lark Rising Gallery, Rockport, MA (May 2014), and will have its final showing at the Exeter, NH Hospital in June/August 2014.

Both plein aire and studio oil paintings of Lynne’s have their beginning in an observed object or setting, either from nature or the built environment and are concerned with place and narrative. Paintings speak of a one-time experience or coalesce into a series of connected stories. Through all, the artist responds to the transforming power of the light and to the internal energies of nature.

July 19 – August 17

“Birds, Beaches & Bogs II”

The six artists, Sarah Brown, Heide Hallemeier, Molly Watson Hawley, Mike McCarthy, Gail Marie Nauen and Michael Ouellette are exhibiting paintings in pastels, oils, watercolor and acrylic.

Mike McCarthy of Mattapoisett Bird Works, is exhibiting 13 of  his beautifully carved and painted shore birds.

Gail Marie Nauen is an award winning artist residing in Carver, Massachusetts.  She is noted for her renditions of the seasonal changes in the local cranberry bogs. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to portray the “Four Seasons of the Bog” for the Carver Public Library.  Gail Marie Nauen’s art is in many collections, including Ocean Spray Cranberries, Fidelity Investments, and Cranberry Hospice.  Ms. Nauen holds a B. F. A. from UMASS/Dartmouth and attended Parsons School of Design in New York. She has shown in numerous shows throughout New England and won awards at North River Arts Festival, Plymouth Art Guild, Rhode Island Watercolor Society and South Shore Arts Center.  Of her work she says, “Living in Carver, Massachusetts the local cranberry farms supply a never ending array of seasonal images to draw from. These paintings reflect those explorations.  Invariably, something will catch my eye and I’ll just “have to paint it”. If time or weather conditions do not allow, I will often sketch the scene from memory back in the studio. Whether it be in the “open spaces” these cranberry bogs provide or through the emotional reaction these experiences evoke, I feel fortunate to find a lifetime of artistic pursuits so close by.

Molly Watson Hawley works in a number of media to explore how the surface images of the visible world represent a deeper and ultimate reality.  She began her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College, then went on to study graphic art at the Boston Museum School and The Cleveland Institute of Art where she specialized in printmaking. She has since worked extensively in other media, including pastel and oil painting, and more recently has produced a number of multi-media works combining fabric, photography, painting and drawing. For years she has painted commissioned portraits for private clients and institutions. Her work hangs in the permanent collections of Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland’s University School and in a number of private collections. Her work has been widely exhibited in juried shows, including at the Butler Gallery of Youngstown University and in The Cleveland Museum’s annual May Show.  Hawley studied for a number of years with the plein air masters Cedric and Joanette Egeli at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown. Her portraiture has been informed by her work with portrait masters Jose Cintron and Burt Silverman.  In addition to her continuing portrait commissions, she is actively at work on an extended series of Cape Cod and Vermont landscapes.  Her home and studio are in Ripton, Vermont, where she lives with her husband, the writer Richard Hawley.

Heide Hallemeier was educated at the Art Academies in Vienna Austria and Germany as a graphic designer. She is a signature artist member and past board member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and a board member of the Westport Art Group. She exhibited throughout New England and Pennsylvania and was accepted into many National Exhibitions and has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions. She taught watercolor painting for various organizations, juries and judges shows and is part of the South Coast Open Studio Tour.

Sarah Brown of Marion has been has been exhibiting at the Marion Art Center since 1968.  She studied art at De Pauw University and then went to art and music school in France at Fontainebleau.  She is known for her vibrant watercolors, but in recent years has been painting with pastels.

Michael Ouellette  of New Bedford, will be exhibiting his large oil and acrylic paintings of birds.  Michael is known for his almost photographic images of wildlife and landscapes.


Friday, June 6th –  6pm to 8pm

Mary Jane McCoy


Arthur Kvarnstrom

June 7 – July 13

Marion artist, Mary Jane McCoy will be exhibiting her acrylic and oil paintings in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and New York artist, Arthur Kvarnstrom, will be exhibiting his plein air watercolors in the Patsy Francis Gallery.  The two exhibitions will run from June 7th through July 13th.

Mary Jane McCoy has  exhibited in many shows including a one person show at Design Works of Yarmouthport, at the Diana Levine Gallery at the Boston Design Center, River Gallery of Essex, Connecticut, in juried shows at the Cape Cod Art Association where she is an artist member,  at the Thames Street Gallery of Newport, at the Cohasset Art Center and at Rogers Gallery in Mattapoisett.  Mary Jane has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut where she majored in painting.  Mary Jane’s study and development in color, design and composition was acquired when she was a professional consultant in the field of interior design.  Her acrylic and oil paintings are of vibrant interiors and exteriors.

Arthur Kvarnstrom will present an exhibition of his plein air watercolors entitled “Dunfield Creek – Variations on a Theme”.  He is a New York artist who has exhibited extensively in New York, New Jersey,  Ohio and Pennsylvania, most recently in 2011 at the Englewood Public Library, Englewood, New Jersey,  in 2010 at the Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery, Delaware Water Gap, PA , and in 2008 at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City.  Of his work Mr. Kvarnstrom  says:
“My paintings are created outdoors and rely on spontaneous impressions.  Working with direct perceptions encourages freedom from formula and supports a cultivation of painterly values that are expressed in my work, including simplicity, boldness, experimentation, invention and a reliance on intuition. Through the process of observation and painting, choreographed brush strokes and shapes of color are transformed into personal visual shorthand.  I keep shapes and colors simple and clear, exploring the relationships and harmonies of color and form.  Through the use of paint and the manipulation of color and form, the viewer experiences the world as I see it – in both rural settings and urban imagery.”

All Photography Show

“Landscapes & Seascapes”

April 26th  –  June 1st


Anne T. Converse

Barry J. Cronin

Elly-May O’Toole

Ronald Wilson

 March 8th – April 20th 

An exhibition of pastel paintings by artists Joan F. Dromey and Cecilia A. Murray

And an exhibition of artwork by Sippican Elementary School Students compiled by their art teacher, Erin Kirk.

Opening:  Friday evening, March 8, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00PM.  The exhibition will be in the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and runs through April 20th.  Joan and Cecilia’s pastel paintings capture beaches, marshes and woodlands through the medium of pastels.  Their paintings reflect the wonderful color harmonies and moods of the surrounding coastline


Joan F. Dromey

Joan F. Dromey of Kingston MA, was born and raised in Central Massachusetts, lived in various New England locations and resided on the South Shore for the past 18 years.  Growing up, she took classes at the Worcester Art Museum and in secondary school, participating in a variety of exhibitions and winning various awards including Boston Globe All-Scholastic Art awards. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree from the College of the Holy Cross, completing a double major of Fine Arts and Political Science.

After graduation, business and professional pursuits left no time for creative work and artistic endeavors. However, on an extended vacation in the summer of 2006, she began to paint once again. Rather than oils or acrylics, which she previously worked in, she began using a new medium – soft pastels, focusing on local landscapes. Since that time she has studied with nationally known pastelists Maggie Price, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Terry Ludwig, Richard McKinley and Stan Sperlak, as well as taking instruction from noted regional artists, Donna Rossetti-Bailey and Heidi Mayo.

Of her work Joan says:  “My primary focus is painting “the forgotten landscape”, the one that each of us passes by without a second glance every day. I hope this resonates with people who view my work and that my paintings serve as reminders of the beauty that is all around us if only we stop and truly look.  It’s much better to actually ‘see’ the world instead of just rushing through.  Remember, life is not a race to be finished first, but rather a journey to be savored.”

Her work and understanding of her newly chosen medium has progressed significantly in the past few years. As a result, her paintings have been accepted into numerous regional and national juried shows and she was recently awarded Signature Membership by Pastel Painters of Maine.

 Cecilia A. Murray

Cecilia A. Murray is a fine artist living in Duxbury, Massachusetts and Edisto Island, South Carolina. Originally from Connecticut, Cecilia graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Design in New York City in 1986. After 20 years of designing footwear for American and European women, Cecilia returned to her first love, plein air painting.

Pastel is her medium of choice, as it is a wonderful, luminescent medium for painting light and shadow. After studying with such noted artists as Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Doug Dawson, and Donna Rossetti-Bailey, Cecilia’s work has gained recognition on the national level. The artist was awarded Best in Show in Kennebunkport, Maine in June, 2011, for her painting “Tidal Inlet”. Cecilia and her paintings were featured in Massachusetts’ South Shore Living Magazine in September 2011, the Bosque Arts Classic in Texas, and the Connecticut Pastel Society’s ‘Renaissance in Pastel’ show in October, 2011.

In conjunction with Youth Art Month, the art students at Sippican Elementary School,

under the supervision of their art teacher, Erin Kirk, will exhibit works also entitled “Color and Creativity”.  Mrs. Kirk has assembled a collection of work done by the children which includes several works from each grade level and represents various mediums, including sculptures, all of which will be on exhibit in the Patsy Francis Gallery from March 8th until April 20th.  

The main focus of the Art Program at Sippican Elementary School is the production, or making, of art. Most of the projects are introduced with an art history or appreciation lesson in which the students view and discuss the art of a selected period, culture, or artist.

The Sippican Art program emphasizes that learning to be an artist is much like learning a sport.  With patience, persistence, practice, problem solving, and a positive approach, every student has the ability to create beautiful and meaningful art.

GALLERY HOURS:  Tuesday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am  to 2:00pm.



All Marion Art Center Members in good standing may submit 2 pieces of work for sale.

PICK UP:  Tuesday, March 5th from 1pm to 5pm. 

Artists should pick up their work on Tuesday, March 5th from 1pm to 5pm.

Gallery  Hours: 

Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 5 and Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm. 

Admission is free.