NOW SHOWING at Maser Gallery: "A Different Side of Light: Visionary Works" by Marcia Huyette
Artwork by Marcia Huyette will be on display at the Maser Gallery at Falmouth Community Television from September 30 through November 1, 2012. The public is invited to the Opening Reception: Sunday, September 30 from 3-5 pm.
Marcia Huyette was born and raised in Iowa. Artistic talent runs in her family: her maternal grandmother was an accomplished painter, and her paternal great-aunt had her own art studio in San Francisco, painting intricate floral designs on bisque pottery. Marcia started showing signs of talent very early, creating piles of drawings on the blank backs of discarded business letters her father brought home from his office at Alcoa. He also supplied her with pencils—with the silver Alcoa logo stamped on them. Her artistic talent served her well throughout her early school years, landing her jobs from creating bulletin boards to designing publications. Intensely creative, it seemed that Marcia was often called upon to make something from nothing—honing her skills as a “jack-of-all-trades” artist—from crafting wreaths, holiday ornaments and greeting cards, to producing backdrops for theater productions and elaborate scenery for dance company recitals.
At the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Marcia studied Art and graduated with a BA in Art Education in 1975. Just prior to graduation, Marcia embarked on a creative journey that would prove to be of a paranormal nature. She quit all her classes and concentrated on a series of pen and ink drawings that mushroomed into a collection she later self-published in book form. Having spent five months on the drawings, she entered them as an Independent Study Project and got academic credit. After graduating, Marcia moved to the east coast. Her career never took her in the teaching direction, but straight into commercial graphic art and illustration for newspapers and printing companies. From co-owning a commercial printing company to a job as Art Director of a regional magazine, full-time work and raising a daughter prevented her from producing much of her own work. “By ‘my own work’ I mean painting or drawing that one does for one’s own enjoyment: the kind that takes introspection — and time,” says Marcia. “Time is a precious commodity to an artist. Working on a piece sometimes means just sitting, looking at it, thinking about it, and working on it when the Muse inspires.” Hence, Marcia has not exhibited any personal work for decades.
Visionary Works is a collection that spans a period of over thirty years. Included are illustrations from the self-published book: “John Lennon: A Real Live Fairytale” and a painting that was started over thirty years ago and is now a work-in-progress. Other work of a visionary nature will round out the show.
The Impressionist, Surrealist and Expressionist movements were Marcia’s artistic influences, as well as the graphic work of English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and the fantasy art of English book illustrator Arthur Rackham. Please click on the link below to read the Artist's statement.
Maser Gallery Exhibit Hours: Sunday & Monday, 2-10 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 -10 p.m., Friday 10-6 p.m.