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“Turning” Exhibit Opens at MassoniArt
May 17 @ 12:00 am - May 18 @ 12:00 am
Marcy Dunn Ramsey’s one-person exhibition, “Turning,” opens at the Carla Massoni Gallery on Friday, May 17 and remains on exhibit through June 23. Marcy has been captivating art lovers and collectors at MassoniArt for over 25 years. She paints the river. And, as those of us who live near water understand, there is always a new experience to be mined. The rivers of the Eastern Shore are the true treasures of the Chesapeake Bay and Marcy is their fierce advocate.
For this year’s body of work, Marcy has turned her gaze in a new direction. For many years she has been inspecting the small worlds of river flotsam and jetsam and these familiar subjects are also part of the exhibition but the idea of literally “turning” came to her last fall. Her focus shifted to the riverbank and the walls of color in the stands of trees, where the color mutates, or turns, from one hue to another in subtle and not so subtle ways. Her use of paint also evolved. She used flicking and skipping brush motions, and utilized luscious paint sticks for a looser, more crayon-y graphic effect in several of the new works.
Her masterful paintings demand a response. Although her large-scale oil paintings are almost pure abstraction, Marcy’s trees beckon the viewer to a new vantage point on the riverbank. One senses the wind and can almost hear the rustle of leaves dancing in the river’s reflected light. The viewer is invited into a world of sky, water, grasses, and trees. Fortunately, for collectors both old and new, with Marcy you never leave the river, you simply experience it anew.
Also featured in the gallery will be Claire McArdle’s new collection of sculpture, Natura. The rich patinaed figures are right at home in Marcy’s river world. “Torso Sol,” a bronze cast from one of Claire’s travertine works, has the soft mossy exterior one would expect from a forest creature. Woodturnings by Joe Dickey round out the exhibition. His sycamore vessel, “Nude in a Red Dress,” celebrates the magical world Marcy has created with this year’s exhibition, “Turning.”
There will be an Opening Cocktail Reception on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. An Open House will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an Artist Talk at noon. On June First Friday there will be a reception on June 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Gallery hours during “Turning” are Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gallery is always available to be open by private appointment or by chance. For additional information, contact Carla Massoni at 410-778-7330. MassoniArt is located at 203 High Street in Chestertown. For more information, visit www.massoniart.com.