Local artist has three shows

Local artist has three shows – all at once Viola Moriarty exhibits in Bennington, Manchester and Williamstown, Mass.

Posted: 10/21/2009 10:56:38 PM EDT

BENNINGTON — Bennington artist Viola Moriarty is showing three concurrent exhibitions of recent work: at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, the Spiral Press Café in Manchester Center, and Images Cinema in Williamstown, Mass.

Moriarty will display select works from her “Ex Voto Suscepto” series at Southern Vermont College. The series, created while Moriarty was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and displayed to wide acclaim at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center earlier this year, opens in the Burgdorff Gallery in Everett Mansion on Friday, Oct. 23.

Breast Cancer Awareness

The exhibit is part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and complements nurse-scientist Marsha Fonteyn’s talk, “The Experience of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Insights Gained from Women’s Expressive Writings,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 2:45 p.m. in SVC’s Everett Theatre. Information: SVC, 802-447-6388 or www.svc.edu.

Moriarty’s vibrant and bold works in various media presented in “Sketches” — now on view at the Spiral Press Café, 15 Bonnet Street in Manchester Center — explore the points where abstraction meets realism.

Each is a study in color relationships that excites a spontaneous conversation between the artist, the subject, and the viewer. Moriarty completed all of the pieces live — some in recent weeks while on a moving train across the country. All of the works are for sale, and purchasers receive a 50 percent off coupon for framing at Joyce Kennedy Framing. Information: Spiral Press Café, 802-362-9944

Moriarty’s “Sketches in Oil” recently opened at Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, Mass. These eight oil sketches were done from life, in sessions as brief as six minutes or as long as six hours. The human subjects represented are what Moriarty calls “a few of the beloved ‘Patron Saints’ of our border-town communities.”

These portraits, along with a graveyard triptych and the color block study, are each a study in color relationships, each exploring the points where abstraction meets realism.

“It is an honor to exhibit these works at the Images Cinema,” says Moriarty, “where we are so fortunate to experience visual moving art at its pinnacle.”

For information, contact Images at 413-458-5612 orwww.imagescinema.org.

Moriarty is a self-taught visual artist and poet who has widely exhibited her portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and other work in the southern Vermont and western Massachusetts area.

In addition to these three shows, her work was recently included in North Bennington’s 12th annual Art Park, which closed earlier this month.

Visit vimorpainter.wordpress.com for more information about Moriarty, her work, and future exhibits.

[Appeared in the Bennington Banner on October 21, 2009: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_13613573]

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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