Paintings by Mary C. Nasser
April 1 - June 15, 2007
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to noon
Reception and discussion:
Saturday, May 5, 2007,
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by Jacob's Pillow at 8:00 p.m. (live music with donation requested for concert only)
The exhibit Deep Time represents mixed media/acrylic and encaustic paintings inspired by Mary's recent residency at Wildacres - located off the Blue Ridge Highway near Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
American writer John McPhee coined the phrase deep time in his book Basin and Range in 1981 to describe the immensity of all history, the antiquity of the earth: stories figuratively told by the layers of rock laid down over many years. This concept of geoligic time, however, was first recognized in the late 1700s by James Hutton, considered to be the father of geology.
Mary C. Nasser writes, "All of my art is inspired by nature: specifically, landscapes and geology. I study physical geology and the interconnectedness between surface and subterranean landscapes: exploring the relationships between developments underground and the evolution of the landscape that takes place on the surface - borrowing images from geological diagrams of land formations to incorporate into my paintings. I am captivated by the idea that geological shifts and transformations seem to parallel both individuals and their relationships: layered, continually changing, varying, shifting and developing, too."
Mary C. Nasser earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Painting from Michigan State University. During her graduate studies, Mary also studied Medieval Art History abroad in London, England, and attended a monotype workshop in Mexico City. In 1996 she was a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Cluj-Napoca , Romania, where she lectured at Academia de Arte Vizuale "IOAN ANDREESCU" (Academy of Visual Arts) and exhibited her work in " Deschideti U.S.A." (Open the Door) at the Casa Matei .
Recent solo exhibitions include Wildacres at Hall Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan, and The Landscape Within at the Clark Gallery at Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in Niles, Michigan. Forthcoming solo exhibitions are scheduled at Thrivent Art Gallery in New London, Wisconsin and The Women's Institute and Gallery in New Harmony, Indiana.
Mary recently completed Artist-in-Residence programs at Wildacres in North Carolina and Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Forthcoming Artist-in-Residences are scheduled at Rockmirth in New Mexico and Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois.
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