It would be hard for me to decide what is my favorite medium. In the forty plus years that I have dared to call myself an artist, I have spent considerable time in many media. Printmaking, most specifically intaglio, and drawing consumed my earlier years. That discipline led to mixed-media pieces involving the press and other printmaking techniques in a less concise, one-of-a-kind format. The use of pigments directly on paper gave me the impetus to paint, which I have been doing for the past few years. Creating human forms in observed subway or beach poses with clay is a lot of fun and great therapy. The process, the techniques of various media, is much of what excites me about creating images. 

 As I look back on the bodies of work that I have done over the years in a variety of media it is clear that I work from two different places. When I am troubled about something, especially if it is beyond my control, I take comfort from processing my feelings through my hands and that has resulted in some very personal statements. I worked through the Vietnam War, a dreadful rape of a friend of my daughter, my thoughts on Hiroshima when I lived in Japan, my mother’s death, the Gulf War and portraits of child soldiers of Uganda with whom I worked in their rehabilitation camps. 

 When I have “said” all that I can say on the subject, it seems as if I then need to relax for a time with work that is simply statements of something that I find beautiful; the way the sun hits a building in New York City or the laundry on a line from a fire escape in Brooklyn or the reflections on the greasy water in a pot in the sink. 

 I love color, form, line and texture and when I am able to use those elements in a way that I feel expresses my sense of things, I am pleased.

ABOUT Mary Westring

 

 

EDUCATION: 

The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Madison 

The Ruth Leaf Studio, Douglaston, Queens 

 

AFFILIATIONS: 

The Society of American Graphic Artists 

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport 

The Williamsburg Art and Historical Society (WAH Center) 

ONE WOMAN EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST) 

Figureworks Gallery Brooklyn NY 2012 

Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (WAH) Brooklyn NY 2012 2008, 2002 

Soma, Brooklyn NY 2006 

Figureworks Gallery Brooklyn NY 2005 

Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn NY 2002 

Con Corino Gallery, Sapporo, Japan, 1996 

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, 1994 

The Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, New York 

Silvermine Guild or Artists, Silvermine, Connecticut 

City University of New York Research Foundation, New York, New York 

Princeton Art Association, Princeton, New Jersey 

Recent Works Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Gloucester County College, Sewell, New Jersey 

The Print Barn, Meredith, New Hampshire 

The Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon 

The Plandome Gallery, Manhasset, New York 

Hempstead Harbor Artists, Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, New York 

SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST) 

WAH Center, Brooklyn NY 2008 

Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn NY 2008 

Holocaust Center, Manhasset NY 2008 

Holocaust Center, Manhasset NY 2007 

Van Der Plas Gallery, South Street Seaport 2006 

Van Der Plas Gallery, South Street Seaport 2006 

Holocaust Center Manhasset NT 2006 

Holocaust Center Manhasset NY 2005 

Shelter Rock Gallery, Manhasset NY 2002 

Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn New York 2001 

Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn NY 2001 

Magnifik, Brooklyn New York 2001 

Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn NY 2000 

The Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, New York 

Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York 

The International Print Society, New Hope, Pennsylvania 

The Felice Cole Gallery, East Setauket, New York 

The Loft Gallery, Southampton, New York (invitational, Helen Harrison, NY Times Critic) 

Hempstead Harbor Artists, Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, New York 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST) 

WAH Center, Brooklyn NY 1999-2014 

St. Joseph’s College “Freedom Fighters” Brooklyn NY 2014 

Figureworks Gallery “My Sister’s Doll” 2014 

Sans Quoi Gallery, Tamona City, Japan 2008 

Holocaust Museum, Manhasset NY 2008 

WAH Center Salon Show 2007 

Van Der Plas Gallery NYC 2006 

Holocaust Museum 2006 

Holocaust Museum 2005 

Bread and Roses NYC 2004 

Tri County Art League 2004 

Holocaust Museum, Manhasset NY 2004 

Women Care, Bellingham WA 2003 

Museum of New Art, Detroit Michigan “Ground Zero” 2002 

Queens College, Queens, New York, 1999 

Graphic Eye Gallery, 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1999 

Queensboro Community College 1998 

Adell McMillan Gallery, U or Oregon 1998 

The Sapporo Civic Center, Sapporo, Japan, 1996 

The Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, New York 

The Terrain Gallery, New York, New York 

Adelphi University, Garden City, New York 

The Los Angeles Print Society, Traveling Exhibitions 

Cork Gallery, Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, New York 

North Shore Community Art Center, Great Neck, New York 

Parrish Fine Art Museum, Southampton, New York 

Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York 

Louise Himelfarb Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York 

The Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, New York 

Spectrum Fine Art LTD, New York, New York 

Felice Cole Gallery, East Setauket, New York 

Hammer Graphics, New York, New York, “Critic’s Choice” 

The Queens Museum, Flushing, New York 

The New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York 

The Loft Gallery, Southampton, New York 

Glen Cove Council on the Arts, Glen Cove, New York “Best Graphics on Long Island” 

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Ames, Iowa 

Silvermine Guild of Artists, Silvermine, Connecticut 

Hempstead Harbor Artists Association, Discovery Gallery, Glen Cove, New York 

Pratt Graphics, New York, New York, Traveling Miniature Exhibition 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST) 

East End Arts Council, 2001 Long Island NY Honorable Mention 

Williamsburg Art Center, Brooklyn NY Apocalypse 1999 

University of Oregon, Art for the Empowerment of Women, 1998 

Audubon Artists Juried Competition (Medal of Honor and Honorable Mention) 

Pratt Graphics Miniature Competition 

Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York (Purchase Award) 

Silvermine Guild of Artists 

International Society of Artists (Andrew Nelson Whitehead Award) 

Boston Printmakers 

Charlotte Printmakers Society 

Hunterdon Art Center, Hunterdon, New Jersey (Purchase Award) 

WORK IN THE COLLECTION OF: 

The New York Health and Hospitals Corporation 

Publisher’s Clearing House 

Hunterdon Art Center, Hunterdon, New Jersey 

Hyatt Regency 

Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York 

I.B.M. Corporation 

Graphic Arts, Firestone Library, Princeton, New Jersey 

Working Woman’s Magazine 

State University at Stonybrook 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Represented by Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn NY 

Taught: Etching, Privately 2005-09 

Jackson Heights Art Club 2006-08 

Work with Children of Conflict in Uganda Africa to help them produce art work depicting their trauma as child soldiers. 2000, 2001, 2002. 

The Wheatley Schools, Adult Program, Williston, New York 

Baldwin Schools, Adult Program, Baldwin, New York 

Horizon Program, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York 

Director and Instructor, Etching Program, The L.I. Arts Council at Freeport 

Artist in Residence, New York State Foundation on the Arts 

Figuresworks, group show 2016

WAS Salon group show. 2017

Owner/Principle, “Art Applied”, 1992-present 

Recipient, The L.I. Arts Council at Freeport “Arty” for excellence in the visual arts, 1994 

Executive Director, First Night Freeport, Freeport, New York, 1993, 94 

Coordinator and Lecturer, Etching Demonstration Program funded by the New York 

State Council on the Arts 

Vice President, President, The Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington, New York 

Board Member, Second and First Vice President, The L.I. Arts Council at Freeport 

Studio Assistant, The Ruth Leaf Studio, Douglaston, Queens 

Work Reproduced in “Intaglio Printmaking Techniques” by Ruth Leaf 

Collaboration Artist, Masters Program, S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook 

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