'Impressions' exhibit at the Marion Art Center

Sep 25, 2017

Marion — The Marion Art Center has announced an upcoming exhibition, called  "Impressions," which will run from mid-October to mid-November.

The exhibition features artists Deb Ehrens and Michael Hubert. From Friday, October 13, through Saturday, November 18, both of the Marion Art Center's galleries will be filled with artwork by the two Dartmouth-basedartists.

A reception for the artists will be held at the Marion Art Center on Friday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. At 7 p.m., Ehrens and Hubert will speak about the creative inspiration and process behind their exhibited work.

Ehrens uses her camera to create contemplative and painterly imagery. She learned the basics of black and white photography as an adjunct to her early career as a journalist. More recently, Deb studied with Harold Ross, Dan Burkholder, Alison Shaw, Ron Wilson, Ian Murray and at the Rhode Island School of Design and Maine Media College.

Ehrens lives in Dartmouth and is a Juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association and Exhibiting Member of the Providence Center for Photographic Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Boston, Providence, New Bedford, and Cape Cod and featured in YourDailyPhotograph.com and LAPhotoCurator.com.

Of her photography, Ehrens says, “What began as a childhood fascination with the painted flowers on my grandmother’s china has become a lifelong love of botanical imagery. I have made plant material both my subject and my teacher. When photographing outdoors in natural light, nature and I are partners in designing the composition. In the stillness of the studio . . . the light is literally in my hands. Some of the images in this collection are as I first saw them through my camera lens. Others are more akin to the many layers of an artist’s canvas.”

Hubert is a visual artist and teacher who, for the past three decades, has maintained a studio and home in South Dartmouth. His art education began at Southeastern Massachusetts University in Dartmouth (now UMass Dartmouth) in 1969. He graduated with a BFA in 1973 and a Masters in Art Education in 1980.

For the past 39 years, Hubert and his wife Christine have operated their arts-based independent school, the Dartmouth Early Learning Center. Michael’s work involves exploring line, color and movement in lyrical abstractions with references to landscape and nature. Hubert said, “Using painting as a modus vivendi, a way of understanding life, I see painting as a search for meaning - the meaning of the painting as well as life’s deeper meaning. I try to set up tensions in my paintings; between the flatness of the canvas and the illusion of space; between the painterly and the hard edge; between that elusive quality of light and shadow. Some paintings employ semi-abstract and figurative references, but by and large they are done for their evocative and lyrical value rather than for a factual description or reporting of the visual world.”

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