“Moriarty opens Museum show today”

Moriarty opens Museum show today

Posted: 05/06/2011 11:04:16 PM EDT
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Viola Moriarty, “My Cowgirl Boots” (2011), oil on birchwood veneer… ()

Friday May 6, 2011

BENNINGTON — The Bennington Museum will host a opening reception of Viola Moriarty new exhibit at the museum’s Regional Artists Gallery Saturday, May 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through June 19.

Moriarty says, in supplied material, that her show, “Quiet Lifes,” is “a collection of still lifes, landscapes, and figurative works that all have this quiet atmosphere, the stillness of transitional moments… that liminal space between actions … even between the thoughts. These works are mainly oils along with reed pen and inks, and also include a reduction lino-cut and a work in graphite powder and graphite. They represent some of the best work I’ve done over the past almost nine years — my entire artistic life.”

Calling herself a modern expressionist painter, Moriarty finds the aliveness of the painting, the energy it expresses the most important consideration of each work.

While others often refer to Moriarty as a “self-taught” artist, she feels nothing could be further from the truth.

“I do organize, evaluate and mandate my own learning — that is true,” she said. “I also spend much time developing my eye, studying original art that attracts my attention, what I think is ‘good,’ and working with and learning from artists.”

Moriarty singled out Stella Ehrich as a artistic “friend and mentor … who first opened the door to my painting life.” Other influences include Renee Bouchard

and Sarah Pike, who introduced the artist to the reed pen and printmaking supplies; and the instruction of Jaye Fox, to whom Moriarty’s creation of “Jon’s Wedding Shoes” and other recent works is owed.Since 2002, she has participated in countless exhibitions, both solo and group, and continues learning from fellow artists.

The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9). For information call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org.

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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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