Fairfield, CT – The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library invites the public to a reception for “Moving Lines”, a work by Mary Manning and Charles Douthat, on Thursday, October 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. They will talk about their work at 6:15. The show can be seen from October 15 to December 10 during library opening hours. 1080 Old Post Road in Fairfield.
Mary Manning was a resident of Darien for 40 years and an artist all her life. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and continued her studies in graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. She also studied weaving and jewelry making at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She was a graphic designer and art director in New York for many years at WNET/13, before focusing exclusively on fine art.
Mary is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. His monotypes and works in mixed media have won numerous prizes in regional exhibitions. She has a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk and is represented by Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art (CBCA) in Westport.
Mary says, “I am a visual artist who works with a variety of media and processes, from printmaking to alcohol inks to vintage fabric dyeing. …I experiment with new materials, often creating combinations of media. To create the work on wood, I experimented with encaustic monotypes with pigments mixed with hot liquid wax. Once dry, I cut the monotypes into shapes and apply them to wooden panels. Also in the exhibition, monotype collages and others with fabric, paper, sisal, bark and other found materials… They can be arranged and rearranged in almost endless combinations. I like to think that the viewer will interact with these pieces, enter into this “conversation” and maybe rearrange them mentally.
He says, “I paint in acrylics, usually on large canvases, but sometimes on recycled surfaces. … my paintings usually start with a personal feeling of restlessness, an empty canvas and a brush, and a tube of paint that I pick up more or less at random. Often at the beginning of a painting, I create an attractive shape, line or color combination that, out of uncertainty, I want to save. Strangely, it’s only when I sacrifice this attractive area by painting over or over it that something more original emerges, something that belongs both to the physical presence of the paint and to my feelings seeking to Express. Often through these moments of letting go, lasting forms are revealed. Perhaps some of the depth in each painting is generated by the half-visible remnants of previous stages that I sacrificed. You could call these remains the ghosts of those not-so-beautiful things I destroyed.