The public is invited to a reception for the solo show at Art/Place Gallery, Silent Stars - Indigo Shadows, the paintings of member, Mary Louise Long, on Sunday, November 12 at 3 to 5 pm. She will talk about her paintings at 4 pm. The show runs from November 9 to December 3. Art/Place Gallery is located at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. and is open every afternoon See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-292-8328.
Mary Louise Long, a Stamford painter and printmaker, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Painting was a very early interest since her father painted landscapes and portraits as an avocation. She has an MA in printmaking from Montclair State University, was a Lecturer in Art and Curator at Bloomfield College, taught contemporary painting and printmaking at Montclair Art Museum, and taught printmaking at Trinity College.
Mary Louise is a member of the College Art Association, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Monotype Guild of New England, the Stonington Printmakers, the Katonah Museum Artists and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
The artist’s work has been exhibited in private galleries, museums, and universities throughout the United States and is in many private collections. She was awarded a Painting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Currently she is exhibiting in the Hastings-on-Hudson Gallery in their “How High the Moon” show. Mary Louise is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women 2017.
Mary Louise says, “Working in oil painting and printmaking monotypes allows me to gravitate between the two mediums. Intense saturated colors play against one another in the my work creating a visual dialogue. Recurring mythological themes emerge, since the human condition is foremost in my mind. Though not derived directly from nature, these works interpret our human existence by questioning and celebrating it. Classical mythology and poetry are also references. My newest painting, “Silent Stars - Indigo Shadows”, a diptych measuring six by twelve feet, focuses on the night skies and the oceans. Its content reflects on the poem by Lord Byron, “The Bride of Abydos” and the myth of Hero and Leander.”