May 2 Is Opening Reception for Waterscape Exhibit – Placid Waters: Original Works In Pastel And Oil By Local Artist Paul deMarrais
The Exhibit Hallway at Mallory Fine Art will be featuring waterscapes inspired by the region, in a monthlong solo show by fine artist Paul deMarrais. The Opening Reception will be on May 2 from 5 – 8 p.m. during First Thursday, Abingdon, the Town’s 9th Community Art Venue Event. Known in the area for his pastel impressionist trail works of the Virginia Creeper, the artist confesses that water landscapes have always been a favorite subject matter. According to deMarrais, “Looking at water gives me a feeling of calmness and serenity. Reflections of sky and landscape create a mysterious unseen reality. Floating objects add another dimension and the movement of the water adds ripples of exciting color. It’s a visual feast for the senses and an intriguing challenge for painting!”
Kingsport native deMarrais, who uses his own line of pastels and oil sticks, has been painting for thirty-five years. He began his career as a plein air artist, and now splits his time between outdoor painting and studio work. demarrais’ use of color palette in his paintings, coupled with an unmistakeable impressionistic style￼ has earned him the name “Pastel Monet”.
The art in this exhibit will feature works from scenic water locations in Abingdon and the East Tennessee area, including favorite rural landscapes frequented by the artist. The exhibit will run through June 1.
Mallory Fine Art, located just steps from the Barter Theatre in a historic house on 112 E. Main Street, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 – 5 p.m. Private appointments are encouraged on Mondays and Tuesdays by calling the gallery at (423)742-2150.