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The Real and the Marvelous Mother America Opening Reception

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The Real and the Marvelous Mother America, an exhibition of paintings by Melissa Croghan, runs Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. from March 12 through April 4 at the Esther Drezner Visitors' Gallery at the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) in Avon, Connecticut. The arresting oil paintings in the Mother America series represent a decade-long artistic and intellectual quest to reimagine American symbolism in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. An opening Meet the Artist wine and hors d'oeuvre reception will be held Friday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. (snow date: Saturday, March 12).

rob March 04, 2011 at 05:24 AM
what a great idea, and this sounds like a very interesting show. I am going to try to make it to see Melissa's paintings!
Melissa Croghan March 06, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I would like to emphasize that 9/11 was the catalyst for paintings in this exhibit on March 11 that show some encouraging and witty looks at America, such as my oil painting "Optimistically Speaking," with real town names in America attached -- geographically speaking! -- on Mother America's figure. It has been a patriotic journey for me. Come on out to the Opening this Friday night to see.
Regina O'Sullivan March 10, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Sounds interesting Melissa. I am wondering who shot an arrow in Lady Liberty's thigh and I love the orange.
Melissa Croghan March 14, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Thank you Regina. You can come see this painting and the others in the show at the FVAC from Wed. through Sat., through April 4. This pair of paintings, "Walking Wounded" and "Optimistically Speaking" begged for a vibrant background, so I used cadmium red light straight out of the tube, with layering depth of mixed hues of yellows and orange. I depict Ms. Liberty (America) with the arrow in her thigh because she is wounded, but not fatally so. She is still strong and striving. To answer your question, it is up to the viewer to determine who did the wounding, but maybe it doesn't matter anymore. Perhaps what matters is what she does next.

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