"Reflections: A Group Show by the Aqua Divas"
December 4 - December 30
"The Aqua Divas are a group of eight like-minded ladies who love to experiment with water media. We are all individuals with our own styles and palettes and like to think our paintings reflect who we are. We paint together once a week and help each other achieve our own artistic goals. Any subject is fair game as our motto is "give it a try". We use a wide range of techniques, as we help each other become better painters. We hail from Marblehead, Manchester, Gloucester and Sudbury."
The Aqua Divas: Pat Flaherty, Marion Hall, Jeannie McIntyre, Brenda Lee Rangel, Charlotte Roberts, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Ginny von Rueden, Jean Yeaple
"I'm pretty much a self-trained watercolor artist focusing on local scenery and that of the Maine coast."
"I am an artist member of North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, New England Watercolor Society and Marblehead Arts Association. Favorite subjects are local seascapes, beachscapes, rocky outcroppings, seabirds, and tall ships under sail. I love a natural palette and natural subjects."
"I like to have a sense or feeling that emerges from a painting. It could be joyful; it could be somber; it could be a little bit more thoughtful; it could be challenging. Maybe you can't interpret something that easily but then you let your imagination take flight."
"I found my love for watercolor many years ago as an art student. I attempt to convey what I see and feel through my paintings. I enjoy the endless techniques, challenges and magical surprises that only this fluid medium can bring."
Brenda Lee Rangel
"My interest in creating art is to visually describe what I love in the everyday world."
Bonnie L. Sylvester was the Grand Prize Illustration Winner for the 2017 Cape Ann Reads Picture Book Contest. She is a mixed media, watercolor, pen and ink, and acrylic artist.
"I especially like the "Reflections" theme of this show because it showcases what I love about watercolor… the interplay of light and shadows that emerge when mixing paint and water. My inspiration comes from the beauty of nature both in the North Shore area and places seen in my travels. My goal as an artist is to create timeless images and memories of the scenes captured in my paintings."
Ginny von Rueden
Jean Yeaple began painting 40 years ago with Mary Field and then Nordia Kay, inspired by vacations at a beautiful saltwater farm in Maine. After a 25-year break as a Computer Analyst at GE and Harvard, she returned to painting in 2003, drawn now to scenes of Marblehead and family travels.