Concord, MA, May 14, 2021-
A new art exhibition is opening at Concord Art this month!
This exhibition in the Members Gallery features paintings by Marcia Crumley and Jane Henry Parsons, two artists with unique and colorful visions who present the natural world in ways that surprise and delight.
These two painters work primarily in different media (Jane in oils and cold wax, Marcia in acrylics and encaustics) but they share a love of color, layers and texture. In collaborating on this show, the artists created pairings of their works that clearly reveal their common love of nature, while also sparking a playful dialogue between the paintings.
Originally scheduled for May of 2020, this show was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The works in the 2021 exhibit are, however, all new, and reflect changes in both artists’ work during the pandemic. Like many artists, they responded to the pandemic, and related social isolation, by experimenting with new media and dimensions.
For Jane, the pandemic led her to incorporate more cold wax and texture into her pieces. The expanded studio time allowed for much experimentation with new tools and techniques. Each piece reflects some aspect of this. During much of the pandemic, Marcia shifted her focus to developing a series of smaller works in encaustics (essentially, painting with molten wax). She was drawn to encaustics because she found solace in the meditative processes of waiting for the wax to melt, slowly building up layer upon layer of paint, fusing the layers together with a blowtorch, and then carving into and scraping away differing layers.
For both artists, the resulting body of work was rich in color, depth, and texture. They did not coordinate the subject matters or palettes in advance, but later selected dynamic pairings and combinations of paintings that clearly complement one another.
Paintings by Marcia Crumley and Jane Parsons June 17 through July 18, 2021
37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742
11am – 4pm, Tuesday – Saturday; 12PM – 4PM Sunday
About The Artists:
Marcia Crumley’s art has been featured in publications including Art New England, The Boston Globe, Tourist & Town, and Maine Home + Design. Marcia was named one of “five standout artists to keep your eye on” by Maine Home + Design in September of 2017 and one of Maine’s “most collectible artists” in artmaine’s 2019 annual art guide. Her art is represented by Interiology Design Co. in Watertown, MA and the Candita Clayton Gallery in New London, NH.
Jane Henry Parsons began her painting career after working in Graphic design for 20 years. Her love of color, pattern, texture and unexpected composition translated into painting with oils, and she has never looked back. Her work has been shown in many galleries and is collected throughout the United States. Jane is represented at Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road (Rt. 2A), Acton, MA. She also has six paintings in Gallery Twist, show titled “Looking Up”, June 11-July 4, 1963 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA.