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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Martha Munroe

I'd like to introduce you to a very talented woman named Martha Munroe. Martha is a painter, who I met through volunteering at the Leominster Art Association. Her paintings are large scale oils that have a very haunting quality to them. She currently has a one woman exhibit of her paintings on view at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Ma..

The library is a gorgeous old library, that feels just about as "Library-ish" as any space could. Upstairs they have a grand room, with very high ceilings, that they use as an art gallery. It is a perfect space to show off Martha's large paintings. As I walked into the gallery, this was the view.


Doesn't that entry make a nice frame for these paintings? This next one left me feeling quite sad.


I love the light and shadows in this Playhouse painting. It almost felt like you should be able to put your hand into that ray of light coming across the building.


And, this next piece was my favorite. She calls it Camouflage, which I didn't understand, so I had to ask. She views this tent as a place to hide from view. I get that now, but I think if you are hiding here, you really want to be seen.


There are quite a few more paintings to see, so if you are in the area, I hope you will stop by and see the show. It runs through October 17th.

Also on view is a collection of smaller works that Martha does, including framed white boards and mirrors, and some bas relief work. You can see this work, and more paintings, at her website, studiomvm.

2 comments:

The Fab Furs said...

Most modern libraries don't have the same feel as the old ones--she certainly has a great setting for her art! I went to the online gallery and I liked "Montezuma" as well as most of the mirrors/memo boards. Thanks for the intro to her work.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Gorgeous work! I love the strong bold color she uses.
xx, shell