Gallery to ex­hibit ‘The Lan­guage of Color.’

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - FRONT PAGE - From Denise A. Spatarella

The Hill’s School’s Boyer Gallery, 760 Beech St., Pottstown, is ex­cited to host the ex­hibit, The Lan­guage of Color Ex­hibit, acrylic paint­ings by area artist Mary Kane. The ex­hibit of paint­ings is run­ning now through Fe­bru­ary 23. Guests may view the ex­hibit Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Satur­day and Sun­day hours by ap­point­ment. Please note the Gallery will be closed January 29-31.

Mary Kane is an ac­com­plished, award-win­ning area artist re­sid­ing in Ch­ester Springs. Mary be­gan paint­ing at an early age, al­ways lov­ing pat­terns she saw in nature. She was al­ways think­ing out­side the box. Af­ter earn­ing a B.F.A. in paint­ing, sculp­ture and art his­tory from Ohio State Univer­sity, she added more life draw­ing and paint­ing classes at VCU in Rich­mond and at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. She then taught art in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in North­ern Vir­ginia.

Af­ter mov­ing to the Philadelphia area, she stud­ied with top art in­struc­tors, lay­er­ing on and build­ing more ex­pe­ri­ence and con­fi­dence in paint­ing — mov­ing from re­al­ism to ab­strac­tion.

Her ab­stract paint­ings have won many awards from prom­i­nent jurors. One de­scribed her paint­ing as “a sym­phony of color, rhythms, in­ter­vals, and vi­bra­tions . . . as if we were see­ing mu­sic. One must take time to lis­ten.”

“Al­though I ma­jored in fine art and paint­ing and have a lay­er­ing of art school ex­pe­ri­ences, I feel I have had to un­learn much of what I was taught, or rather turn around what teach­ers have warned me against, to make their “nonos” into pos­si­bil­i­ties that work,” shares Kane.

“In or­der to break down the fear of see­ing a large white can­vas in front of me, I have to blindly throw paint on it to be­gin. If I start with one idea, it changes many times be­fore I stop as the paint­ing leads me on in a med­i­ta­tive process.

“I love what I see in Ch­ester County — the barns, hills, trees, the birds — and af­ter a di­ges­tive process I en­joy re­duc­ing those im­ages into ba­sic shapes and sim­pli­fied de­sign. Com­pose. Sim­plify. Elim­i­nate the un­nec­es­sary. Calm down. Open up. Stop judg­ing it. Be de­ci­sive. Don’t erase. Keep it fresh. Stop! But I still strug­gle, feel­ing the ne­ces­sity to erase and paint over un­til some­how, fi­nally — hello — I give birth to a paint­ing that works. I have sur­prised my­self. When is the paint­ing fin­ished? Per­haps when the tele­phone rings.”


Art by Mary Kane

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