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Statement:

My abstract paintings evolve from a dialogue, or dance with the canvas. An intuitive response that follows design principles, develops images that are felt as much as seen.  Layers of colors, marks and textures, are scraped, removed and  covered over again during the process. The layering is much like the months, years and chapters of our lives, creating depth, meaning and understanding.. Formed from a source beyond self, the viewer's own experiences are called upon to interpret, complete and enjoy the story.

Bio:

Marian Sommers was 17 when she first exhibited her work at a local gallery.  A lifelong goal of being an art teacher was realized in 1982 when Marian received a degree in art education, teaching middle and high school for 24 years while earning an MA in education.

Wisconsin and Illinois were home for Marian for most of her life until 2013 when she chose to live in the San Tan Valley just south of Phoenix, AZ where the rich scenery and history have been a great source of inspiration for her work.  She belongs to several local art groups; Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Arizona Artists Guild, and Arizona Art Alliance.  She has exhibited, won awards and sold paintings at various shows and venues in AZ, WI and IL.

As a retired teacher she has taken classes and workshops taught by nationally acclaimed artists and fine local artists to hone her skills.

Exhibitions and showings:

Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ, juried exhibit, AZ Art Alliance
Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ, juried exhibit, Layerists Show
Arizona Art Guild, Phoenix, AZ, juried member
Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ, juried exhibit
Gammage Theater, Tempe, AZ, juried exhibit, Mesa Art League
Gold Canyon, AZ, juried show
San Tan Artists, AZ, juried shows
Greater Geneva Art Guild, Geneva, IL, juried show
Noris Gallery, St Charles, IL, juried exhibit
Du Page Art Gallery, juried exhibits,Wheaton,IL
Fine Line Art Center, exhibits,St. Charles, IL
Wayne Art League, Wayne, IL
Rivers End Gallery, exhibit, Waukesha, WI
Rhinebeck, NY, American Crafts Association
San Fransisco, CA, American Crafts Association
Wisconsin Women Artists, juried exhibit
Mt. Mary College, exhibit, Milwaukee, WI
 
 
 
blue ice
Blue Ice


exuberance
Exuberance


jubilation
Jubilation


meandering
Meandering


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urban alley
Urban Alley