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On Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 6PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village (CT) will host an opening reception for A Star Danced: The Paintings of Mary Anne Carley and Theresa Kenny.  The exhibition features the work of two Sharon-based painters who happen to be mother and daughter. Mary Anne Carley uses a multitude of media in her abstract and impressionist paintings and monoprints including acrylic, watercolor, and ink.  Carley’s daughter, Theresa Kenny, focuses on figurative works in pastel that capture the color and movement of birds, animals, and children. The exhibition’s title is from Shakespeare and evokes the astrological happiness of a star at the birth of a daughter.  The exhibition will be on display at the library during operating hours through June 7.  David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT, 860-824-7424 or visit HuntLibrary.org.

Mary Anne Carley had more freedom than most children when her mother gave her permission and encouragement to paint murals on her bedroom walls.  Back then, she was interested in lions and tigers in the jungle.  Today, the textures, movements and patterns in her work originate from the mood, movement and color that is evoked by what she is seeing and thinking.  Whether using palette knives for her paintings and monoprints, or watercolor and ink, Carley said she strives “for the “Wow” look in my work.  I want spontaneity and I want my work to be different and unusual.  I love to create.”

Carley is also known as the longtime chair and founder of the Trinity Gallery and organizer of Trinity Limerock’s annual juried art show.  Recently she passed her baton along to her daughter Theresa, who succeeded her mother as chair in 2023.

Like her mother, Theresa Kenny has identified as an artist since she was a child.  She committed to her passion for pastel and oil painting when she undertook classes at Northlight Art Studio.  Describing her process, Kenny said, “When I paint, I put myself in a zen that no one can penetrate.  I paint realistically because that is the only thing I see.  I use a lot of thought processing before I use my hands or brush.  My reflection before I start, and while I paint, help me to complete my art.”

Learn more at maryannecarley.com and facebook.com/artbytheresakenny.

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