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Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Maggie Siner: The Art of Perception
Washington, D.C. by Anne Marchand, July 1, 2015

This summer while on tour at the Venice Biennale, I had the great pleasure of visiting painter Maggie Siner’s studio in her piano nobile apartment.  Maggie graduated from American University in 1976 and has lived, painted and taught for extended periods in France and China. She currently has a studio in a centuries old building on one of Venice’s romantic canals where she has been painting since 2008.

I met Maggie at the fruit seller near Campo Santa Maria Formosa and we walked the short distance to her studio apartment. Her place is centrally located on a quiet calle and is filled with white light from floor to ceiling windows. The color of light is an important element in her work.

Maggie was careful to select a studio location that reflects pure white north light onto her subject matter. She offered me tea and cookies while we savored the ambiance of her second floor studio filled with her paintings. Her balcony overlooks the canal below where gondolas glide. I can imagine her watching the watery pace of life in Venice. 

Maggie showed me the works hanging on her studio walls that had recently been shown at the Galleria d’arte ARKE this year. Her gallery created a beautiful catalog to accompany her solo exhibition.

Maggie’s studio subject and set-up was arranged in order that she see her still life table from a distance. This current view gives her work the perspective that she seeks. The series focuses on overflowing and undulating material on a lavishly set tabletop with a mysterious dress. Folds and movement become color shapes of a dress on a chair, a Pekinese, plates, glasses and spoons, remnants that hint of an enchanting evening the night before. Maggie works exclusively from life. In her artist statement she says, "Let the forms of an object be what it may - the light, shade and perspective will make it beautiful."

Classically trained, Maggie’s work looks contemporary. She has an ease of composition with shapes, colors and oil paint choreographed to produce poetic passages that allude to time, place, memory and recognition. Her evolving themes with soft drapery from beds, and dining tables recently took on the addition of a figure that occupies the formerly discarded dress. Maggie invites a friend to be the sitter in her works. One beautiful, alluring woman occupies a red dress in her paintings. The color red thrusts forth from velvety atmospheric colors and was the first fiery passage to catch my attention.

Maggie’s brushwork is almost abstract expressionism and the whole melody of light, pattern, color and shapes come together in a reminiscent experience and richness of the senses. She captures moments in time that are a feast for the eyes.

In her earlier bed series, fabrics held the shapes of time and action in the theatre of the night. Our most intimate and vulnerable selves lie in the dark and are revealed by the light of day in the folds and shape of the vacated beds.  Maggie’s newest table theme came about through the movement of her daily life. A new piece of furniture appeared, a movement of objects in the room, a table received new fabric and a new still life was born. Light was etched on new forms and a story began to unfold. A place setting was added and a new process of discovery began in this ancient setting mixed with sparkling light and calligraphic marks. The figure, seemingly at rest in Maggie’s energetic brushwork, comes to life amidst the shapes and folds of the composition.

I asked Maggie what she loved about living and painting in Venice. She mentioned the water, light and sky that speak to her and informs her art in ways that inspire. She loves the walkability, lack of cars and the water, which is truly the lifeblood of Venice. She also loves all the great art in Venice.  Ancient surfaces and architecture are enduring qualities that capture her eye. In a bin on the left side of her studio, Maggie showed me a series of small oils on linen that she paints on location in the tradition of plein-air painting. Donning a 15 lb. backpack, she goes into the streets on a visual discovery to compose the shapes and light of the city and water in masterful compositions that delight the viewer.  

Siner is a devoted teacher who has influenced a generation of painters. She has been on the faculty of L'institut Américain and the Lacoste School of Art in France, a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China, artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dean of Faculty at the Washington Studio School and teaches many workshops around the country. She is a frequent guest artist and public speaker appreciated for her revealing lectures on the internal workings of painting. She studied medicine at the Faculté de Médecine in Marseilles and taught anatomy at Georgetown Medical School. She is well known for her expertise in artistic anatomy and human movement. Since 2008 she has spent much time painting and exhibiting in Venice, Italy, enamored of that city's ever-changing surfaces. She returns annually to the Washington DC area where she gives workshops at the Washington Studio School.

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© 2015 Anne Marchand for Painterly Visions Blog

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Strictly Painting 10 reception on July 1, 7-9pm

Do you want to go to an art exhibition tomorrow night? Mclean Project for the Arts opens "Strictly Painting 10" from 7-9pm in Mclean, Virginia. 38 artists from the Mid Atlantic states were juried into this regional biennial exhibition.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Strictly Painting 10 Exhibition

Strictly Painting 10

June 18 - August 1, 2015 
Reception July 1, 7-9pm (please note new date). 

See you at the opening!!

This biennial juried exhibition presents the work of artists exploring the medium of painting who reside in the Mid-Atlantic region. The exhibition will be guest juried by Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.

Participating artists include: Jane Godfrey, Diane Szczepaniak, Shante Bullock, Sondra Arkin, JT Kirkland, Anne Marchand, Mary Gallagher Stout, Corwin Levi, Lilianne Milgrom, Sylvie van Helden, Richard Paul Weiblinger, Leslie Nolan, Nathaniel St. Amour, Bill Hill, Lillian Hoover, Chee-Keong Kung, Lindsay McCul-loch, Greg Braun, John Grunwell, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Josephine Haden, Michael Weiss, Jackie Hoysted, Jean Sausele-Knodt, Marie Ringwald, Greg Minah, Dorothy Bonica, Eric Garner, Tory Cowles, Jeremy Flick, Megan Mahler, Lina Alattar, Maryanne Pollock, Georgia Nassikas, Sanzi Kermes, Alice Whealin.
 — at McLean Project for the Arts.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Artist and Makers 1st Friday openings

You are invited to Artist and Makers 1st Friday gallery & studio openings, next one 
is Friday, May 8th, 6-9!  Free food, wine and lots of art to view.

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 208
Rockville, MD 20852

To contact individual artists, please refer to the contact information listed on their respective web sites.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Christ Church, Georgetown Art Show and Sale for Charities

The 2015 Christ Church, Georgetown Art Show and Sale 
April 24 - 26, 2015 

Reception: Friday, April 24, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, April 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm
   Sunday, April 26, 10:00am - 2:00pm

  Christ Church Keith Hall  |  31st and O Streets NW  |  Washington, DC

    *50% 0f Proceeds benefit Christ Church Charities

 Paintings   +  Prints  +  Drawings  +  Photographs

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Hill Spring Art Walk April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Join The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill for their Spring Art Walk on Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Nine galleries will host an evening stroll and launch fine art exhibitions in this beautiful section of Georgetown. Add to your collection and enjoy an evening of refreshments, art, and fun!
  • ADDISON/RIPLEY FINE ART – Malthusian Paintings, Twenty-five Years and Counting by Kay Jackson
  • ALL WE ART – Forms of the Journey, featuring: Félix Angel, Marta Luz Gutierrez, and Jesus Matheus
  • ARTIST'S PROOF GALLERY – Les Printemps by Jean-François Debongnie
  • CROSS MACKENZIE GALLERY – Blast Off, Views of Man and Flight, a group exhibition including: Biddle/Frankel Eve Biddle & Josh Frankel, Matthew Courtney, David Favrod, Max MacKenzie, Philip Slagter and Trevor Young
  • MAURINE LITTLETON GALLERY – Botanical Wanderings featuring: David Lewis, Peter Loewer, Judith O’Rouke, John Littleton and Kate Vogel
  • NEPTUNE FINE ART – Modern & Contemporary Master Works on Paper, featuring Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, Robert Longo and Joan Mitchell
  • ROBERT BROWN GALLERY – Thirty Years of Discoveries: Paintings, Calligraphy and Ceramics by Stephen Addiss
  • SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ARTS – Layered Memories: The In-Between by Karen Silve