CHH fea­tures artist Mar­i­lyn Davis this month

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE -

TORRINGTON — The Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary is fea­tur­ing the art­work of Mar­i­lyn Davis now through early Jan­uary in the hos­pi­tal’s main lobby hall­way, 540 Litch­field St., Torrington. The pub­lic is in­vited to view and buy the works dur­ing reg­u­lar vis­it­ing hours as part of the Aux­il­iary’s on­go­ing “Artist of the Month” pro­gram. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from sales of the art­work sup­port the CHH Aux­il­iary and Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hos­pi­tal.

Davis has shown her paint­ings and etch­ings in more than 50 one-woman shows in Con­necti­cut, Illi­nois, Cal­i­for­nia and Flor­ida. A grad­u­ate of Wheaton Col­lege in Illi­nois, she re­ceived a Ford Foun­da­tion grant to study paint­ing at the School of the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago.

Af­ter a New York show, she and her hus­band, artist Ger­ald Hardy, re­turned to Chicago via the North­west cor­ner of Con­necti­cut. En­chanted with the area, Mar­i­lyn and Ger­ald bought a house and spent many years do­ing sculp­ture, paint­ings and color etch­ings while rais­ing their two sons.

In­spired by her love of early Chris­tian and Byzan­tine il­lu­mi­nated manuscripts, Davis in­cor­po­rates sym­bol­ism into her art works, of­ten in sur­pris­ing ways. She uses oil on heavy rag pa­per with air­brush and pen­cil to com­plete the piece, some­times ad­ding col­lage.

“Fa­vorite Places” is a body of work cel­e­brat­ing the beauty of Con­necti­cut as well as the Hud­son River Val­ley, Rhode Is­land, Cape Cod and Maine. Street scenes, churches, beaches and light­houses all de­light the eye and in­spire the artist.

“To paint is to love some­thing too much to leave it alone,” Davis said.

The Aux­il­iary’s “Artist of the Month” pro­gram has been fea­tur­ing paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, and art­work each month from lo­cal artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 mem­ber sup­port­ers as­sist in rais­ing money for the hos­pi­tal through dues, dona­tions, vol­un­teer­ing at the gift shop, and a va­ri­ety of events in­clud­ing an an­nual fash­ion show. Visit www.char­lot­te­hunger­ford.org for in­for­ma­tion.

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Art by Mar­i­lyn Davis, Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary's Artist of the Month, is on dis­play through Jan­uary in the main lobby.

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