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Posted by Maria on September 21st, 2016

My 10th Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon” was on Friday, September 9th, and it was a whirlwind of a day! I was at Curtis Memorial Library from just before 9am to just after 8pm…on paper, it looks like a long day, but from my standpoint, it went by ridiculously quickly!

Melissa Hall and Michael Gorzka let me in early so I could set up in the lobby and start painting by 9am, and then I was off to the races. I hadn’t done much sleeping in the days leading up to Friday’s Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon,” but running on pure adrenaline sometimes has its perks: I actually finished “Black-Eyed Susan” early! Instead of painting right up to my 5 o’clock deadline, I was wrapping things up around 4:30…and then, it was time to head over to the Morrell Meeting Room for my opening reception.


“Black-Eyed Susan”

The opening reception that night was filled with friendly faces and awesome music. A new five-piece band was formed out of a jam session, and they have a great name, too: Fat Boy Drive In!


for your listening pleasure: Fat Boy Drive In!

Michael Gorzka was working overtime that day, for sure! Here’s a video he shot in the morning:

…and here’s a video of the winning raffle ticket being drawn that night:

I’m grateful for the entire staff at Curtis Memorial Library for making me feel so welcome (special thanks to CML volunteer Jo-An Jacobus for helping me to number my work just as the opening reception was beginning), I’m grateful to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, and I’m grateful to everyone who came out to see the show and say hello. You are all appreciated!

If you weren’t able to attend the opening reception, you’ve still got a little bit of time: my artwork will be up in the Morrell Meeting Room through Tuesday, September 27th. If you can’t get to the library before then, here are some photos!




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library love

Posted by Maria on September 7th, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that my next Brushstrokes with Impact ™ “Paint-a-Thon” will be on Friday, September 9th at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick! This will be my 10th event in this series, and I’m calling it “Library Love!”


What is a Brushstrokes with Impact ™ “Paint-a-Thon”, you ask? Well, it’s something I started doing in December 2015: I set up my easel in a local business, and I paint all day long (sometimes 10am-6pm, sometimes 8am-4pm, sometimes 9am-5pm). I begin with a blank 8″ x 8″ canvas, and by the end of the day, I have a completed painting. I then raffle off the completed painting, a lucky winner gets an original piece of artwork, and 50% of the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales are donated to a charity that is meaningful to me. Thanks to everyone’s help and support, so far, I’ve raised over $1500 for various local and national charities! This month’s cause? Curtis Memorial Library!


So, please come and see me on Friday, September 9th! I’ll be painting from 9am-5pm near the library’s front entrance, and then I’ll be moving my paints and easel (and myself!) over to the Morrell Meeting Room: I have a solo show for most of the month of September, and my opening reception will be from 5pm-8pm. I’m going to need to eat my Wheaties! Since this will be a longer-than-normal day for me, the winning raffle ticket will be pulled sometime towards the end of the opening reception. I’ll have food, refreshments, and live bluegrass music by The Star Charmers! Stop by, say hello, and help to support a good cause: Curtis Memorial Library! If you can’t be there in person, fear not: you can buy raffle tickets online! 



one of the walls


star charmers

the entertainment!


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if you say so

Posted by Maria on August 24th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what makes a portrait a portrait? The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a very interesting show on display right now called This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today. It is a thought-provoking exhibit of paintings, sculptures, mixed media, lithographs, drawings, and more, all of which challenge the viewer to expand his or her idea of what a portrait “should” be.


The use of words as images is a common theme here, and two of my favorites from this show were Mel Bochner’s “word portraits”: Self/Portrait and Wrap: Portrait of Eva Hesse. I love the rhythm and the distinct mood he creates in each piece through his mark-making and composition.


Mel Bochner, Self:Portrait

Mel Bochner, Self/Portrait


Mel Bochner, Wrap- Portrait of Eva Hesse

Mel Bochner, Wrap: Portrait of Eva Hesse


Struggling to read Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man) left me feeling unsettled and as if I was trying to peer into a dirty, smudged window, while the absurdity of plastic flowers in a basket on an exercise bike (Eleanor Antin’s Yvonne Rainer) made me laugh out loud. Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography (complete with an astrological chart on top of a skeleton) was enormous and wonderfully overwhelming.


 Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man)

Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man)


Eleanor Antin, Yvonne Rainer

Eleanor Antin, Yvonne Rainer


Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography

 Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography


This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today runs through October 23rd. Have you seen this show? If so, what did you think? Please share in the comments section! 

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