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“Hillside” by Vermont artist Mary Therese Wright.

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Mary Therese Wright is May’s featured artist at Crowell Gallery

NEWFANE—During the month of May, the Crowell Art Gallery at Moore Free Library, 23 West St., presents “Formations” by Vermont artist Mary Therese Wright. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wright’s exhibition explores the relationship between color and mass. The means of visual organization in this installation are paintings of landscape and figuration, and composed of paintings in oil, casein, and charcoal on newsprint, canvas, and rags.

Works range in size from several inches to several feet. Artwork will be exhibited using nontraditional supports; many canvas pieces are buttoned to the wall.

Wright’s paintings are not framed in the traditional manner but reflect her interest in found objects, metalsmithing, printmaking, and the structural and traditional qualities and use of fabric.

The exhibit will unfold organically during the month, opening the process to the public as Wright builds the relationships between paintings and the spaces they occupy.

Wright received a master’s in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her undergraduate studies focused on printmaking and photography. Wright also describes herself as a creative community organizer. She is the owner and director of Gallery Wright, an exhibit and studio space in Wilmington.

Follow the Crowell Art Gallery’s installation progress on instagram@marytheresewright or drop in during open library hours.

The gallery is free and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1 to 5 p.m., Thursdays 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #663 (Wednesday, May 11, 2022). This story appeared on page B1.

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