Monday, October 19, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Viola Moriarty exhibits

Bennington artist Viola Moriarty is showing three concurrent exhibitions of recent work: at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, the Spiral Press Café in Manchester Center, and Images Cinema in Williamstown, Mass.

Moriarty will display select works from her “Ex Voto Suscepto” series at Southern Vermont College. The series, created while Moriarty was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and displayed to wide acclaim at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center earlier this year, opens in the Burgdorff Gallery in Everett Mansion on Friday, October 23.

The exhibit is part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and complements nurse-scientist Marsha Fonteyn’s talk, “The Experience of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Insights Gained from Women’s Expressive Writings,” on Tuesday, October 27, at 2:45 p.m. in SVC’s Everett Theatre. Information: SVC, 802.447.6388 or

Moriarty’s vibrant and bold works in various media presented in “Sketches” — now on view at the Spiral Press Café, 15 Bonnet Street in Manchester Center — explore the points where abstraction meets realism. Each is a study in color relationships that excites a spontaneous conversation between the artist, the subject, and the viewer. Moriarty completed all of the pieces live — some in recent weeks while on a moving train across the country. All of the works are for sale, and purchasers receive a 50% off coupon for framing at Joyce Kennedy Framing. Information: Spiral Press Café, 802.362.9944

Moriarty’s “Sketches in Oil” recently opened at Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, Mass. These eight oil sketches were done from life, in sessions as brief as six minutes or as long as six hours. The human subjects represented are what Moriarty calls “a few of the beloved ‘Patron Saints’ of our border-town communities.” These portraits, along with a graveyard triptych and the color block study, are each a study in color relationships, each exploring the points where abstraction meets realism.

Image: Self Portrait in Oil After Chemo