DCA fea­tures painter, mu­ral­ist Michael Owen

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CAM­BRIDGE — Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts in­vites com­mu­nity mem­bers to join con­tem­po­rary painter and mu­ral­ist Michael Owen for an in­ti­mate dis­cus­sion of his show, “Pas­sion”, at the Cen­ter on Sec­ond Satur­day, April 9.

Owen will delve into his ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio to pro­vide ad­di­tional con­text for the work on dis­play. Owen has cre­ated more than 100 mu­rals be­yond the Bal­ti­more Love Project he is most known for, and has also founded an in­ter­na­tional artist res­i­dency pro­gram called HOME.

While clients have ranged from Faberge, Hil­ton, and Ford, among oth­ers, Owen is most in­ter­ested in con­ver­sa­tions with the every­man, re­volv­ing around beauty, change, and the 101 of creat­ing art.

The ex­hibit opened March 31 and Owen will be set­ting up and work­ing in his “stu­dio” in the DCA front win­dow start­ing Mon­day, April 4, and be there through­out the week, dur­ing DCA nor­mal busi­ness hours.

“I’d love to make more of a con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity; and be­ing present, creat­ing, will help with that,” Owens said of his tem­po­rar y stu­dio.

The week will con­clude with the artist talk as part of the Sec­ond Satur­day Artist Re­cep­tion from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“Pas­sion” will re­main on ex­hibit through April 30. These works fea­ture a col­lec­tion of paint­ings re­volv­ing around pas­sion, from ab­strac­tions of the feel­ing to por­traits of in­di­vid­u­als who have lived their pas­sions out.

Painting Work­shops with Jeanne Ewell at DCA

DCA has a few slots re­main­ing for the Water­color Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, April 2. Led by in­struc­tor Jeanne Ewell, this one-day work­shop is for the true never-even­held-a-brush begin­ner.

No spe­cial artis­tic or draw­ing skill is nec­es­sary. Wet-in-wet, color mix­ing, neu­trals, washes and glazes, val­ues, hard and soft edges, neg­a­tive space, back­grounds and more will be ex­plored in a fun, sup­port­ive, stress-free at­mos­phere. Fees are: $75 for DCA mem­bers; $110 for non­mem­bers. To regis­ter, call 410-228-7782.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The works of Michael Owen Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts.

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