April in the Galleries at DCA

“A Range of Emotions – 20 years of paintings by Maureen Farrell” opens Friday April 2 at Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. Maureen Farrell is an award winning, international contemporary watermedia artist and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. She maintains a studio in her Eastern Shore home, and a studio at The Davis Art Center in Easton.

Maureen worked as a rural mail carrier for 23 years while raising her family in upstate New York. Her passion for art truly bloomed after she remarried, retired, and reevaluated her whole purpose in life. She had the good fortune of moving close to artist Karen Rosasco, who was not only an excellent teacher, but who also became a good friend and mentor. Over the course of several years, she studied with many other professional artists, including Robert Wade, Mel Stabin, Catherine Anderson, Carla O’Connor, and Charles Reid.

“Hope Matters,” by Maureen Farrell

In 2012, an extensive workshop in watermedia renewed her excitement, and she has painted in acrylics ever since. The daily handling of catalogs, magazines and newspapers influenced her use of collage, and she often works them into her mixed media paintings. Currently she is working her mixed media to create non-objective abstracts.

“Joy, fear, happiness, anger and hurt are all emotions that are present in our lives” says Farrell. “Creating art allows me to express such emotions without uttering a word. I use charcoal, paint, pastel, and graphite – going back and forth, adding and subtracting, using white paint, all while trying to keep balance to the work. As a result, there are many layers to each painting, creating a unique richness to them. As I move between these figures and abstracts, I am attempting to bring the obvious to the mysterious, expressing deep emotional responses to life, as I know it.”

Maureen Farrell’s paintings have been juried into local and national shows and can be found in private collections across the United States and England. She is represented by West Annapolis Artworks, and Bishop’s Stock Snow Hill, Maryland.

A Second Saturday Artist’s Reception will be held on April 10 at 6:00 p.m.via Facebook live. The exhibit runs through April 24. Gallery hours Thursday noon – 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dorchester Center for the Arts is dedicated to enriching Maryland’s Eastern Shore community through high quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts. Visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org and on social media for the latest updates. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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