Monday, February 6, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Dona Mara at Equinox Village in Manchester Center

Artist Dona Mara will show her work at Equinox Village, with a Gallery Opening Event Set for February 16.

Examples of Mara’s encaustic work and other work will be on display during an exhibit scheduled from Friday, February 17 – Monday, March 12 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center, Vt. A Gallery Opening Event for the exhibit—which is named The Forces of Nature—is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16.

Mara was born in Lewiston, N.Y. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Art & Design. Her first job was illustrating educational film strips. Even now, Mara says, “I am always combining commercial art and fine art.” Graphic art and illustration have paid the bills, while fine art work has provided the opportunity to create “without having to answer to any demands.”

The flooding after August’s Tropical Storm Irene inspired a series of work she will feature at Equinox Village. She wrote on her blog “Although it is months since it happened, I am constantly reminded of the time at the end of August when ‘the water rose up.’” The series includes several small six-inch-by-six-inch pieces using encaustic paint and mixed media.