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Artist Marcia Ballou ~ Kaleidoscope

April 15 - June 15

Exhibit On View: Through June 15

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted

An excerpt from Marcia Ballou’s 3-panel work of art “Garden Blast,” courtesy image

 B A swarm of dragonflies, diving, circling, and chasing each other, displayed wings sparkling in the sunlight. Monarch butterflies appeared, many of them, floating into the scene and joining the dance. It was enchanting. “This scene is held in my memory as a treasure. It is a scene I paint, always trying to portray the feeling I had of joy,” shares Ballou.

Collage is Ballou’s medium. She incorporates a palette of painted papers, cloth, paints, and threads. The process is slow, while she employs deliberate and spontaneous application. Her colorful gestures and intuitive patterns are accented by paint for atmosphere.  She then assembles papers, cloth, and threads with acrylic mediums or by hand stitching, assembled like a jigsaw puzzle, enlivened by unexpected material and shape combinations. Occasionally a realistic painting of a favorite creature appears against the abstract dance of color. Ballou’s patterns always seem to create blossoms of texture on the surface of each finished piece, with a goal to evoke joy.  Sponsored by Marshfield Cultural Council, a local cultural council supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


April 15
June 15
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