Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shaky Ground

Shaky Ground
    A group exhibition curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
NY, NY  10002

January 8 - February 14, 2016

Save The Date.
More details to follow.
Mary Ann Strandell, "Trestle, Rock, Dam", oil on canvas, 48x36", 2010

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#BemisPainters: 1985-2015

Exhibition #BemisPainters: 1985-2015
July 16 to October 10, 2015
     Opening Reception, July 16, 6 to 8pm
Curated by Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director, Residency Program

The Bemis Center For Contemporary Art
724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE 68102
Mary Ann Strandell, Vigil or The Promise of Gravity, oil, 48x60", 2008

Link: #BemisPainters
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents #BemisPainters, 1985–2015, an exhibition that celebrates nearly 35 years of paintings by artists-in-residence. 

Bemis Center was established in 1981 by artists for artists, and has since the beginning been devoted to supporting the creative impulse and advocating for experimentation beyond the expectations of any discipline. Richard C. Cox, visual artist and one of the show’s featured alumni, says his Bemis residency “provided a dedicated and uninterrupted period of intensive study resulting in an important step forward in the development of my work.” The #BemisPainters, 1985–2015 exhibition will reveal – through an installation of more than 30 works of art – that painting by Bemis artists-in-residence is an ever-changing genre that eludes definition. 

These painters offer contemporary points of view by for example, incorporating other disciplines and traditions into their painting. Disparate influences and responses travel across periods in time and can be seen in the diversity of content and materials in painting, such as in the use of wallpaper by Hyun Soo-Choi, embroidery thread on canvas by Amanda Valdez, and other surface applications of paint.

The title of the exhibition references hashtagging, a form of online metadata used to assign content to specific themes. In this exhibition, the hashtag describes various motifs, themes, and painterly considerations that form a constellation of inspiration and ideas highlighting painting’s formal and conceptual possibilities.Artistic Director for Residency Programs Ellina Kevorkian says, “The allusion to internet categorization and the web’s limitless access to art research speaks to Bemis Center’s own expansive and systematized archive, where descriptive meta tags attempt to categorize and address painting’s vast pluralism.” 

Ellina Kevorkian
Artistic Director, Residency Programs
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

Monday, June 22, 2015

Moving Wall West

Mary Ann Strandell, Moving Wall West, 30 x 192", 3D Lenticular Print , 2015

Recent Commission 
(detail) Moving Wall West, 3D Lenticular Print on Dibond
Permanent Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Boston Printmakers Biennial

Mary Ann Strandell, Mad Man Stairs w VA Silver, 3D Lenticular Print, 2015

     Selected by Willie Cole
     Biennial Coordinator: Marc Cote

     November 8- December 12, 2015
     Reception and Events November 8

The Lunder Arts Center
Lesley University College of Arts and Design
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Throughout the 68 year history The Boston Printmakers has upheld the highest traditional standards in the field of printmaking, while continually looking toward the future, by embracing innovative and diverse contemporary printmaking media and methods.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Millennial Abstractions

Millennial Abstractions Exhibition
A Traveling Group Exhibition
Curated by Patricia Lea Watts

Mary Ann Strandell, Sit Still, 32x32", 3-d Lenticular Print

Exhibition artists are: Judith Belzer, Sage Dawson, Samantha Fields, Laurie Frick, Joy Garnet, Virginia Katz, David McDonald, Jason Middlebrook, John Sabraw, Gina Stepaniuk, Mary Ann Strandell, Marie Thibeault, Catherine Tirr, Sarah Trigg, and Patti Trimble

Patricia Lea Watts: "The paintings and sculptures included in Millennial Abstractions are unlike typical abstractions that are primarily concerned with sheer contemplation of forms. Instead, these works combine both form and content with a specific intention—to explore the altered realities or environmental impacts that we face today in the beginning of the 21st century."  read more

~Organized by ‪#‎ExhibitsUSA‬ and ‪#‎MidAmericaArtsAlliance‬ Millennial Abstractions is now available to travel to additional venues through Exhibits USA, to Art Centers and Exhibition Spaces.
Please contact Exhibitions USA Traveling Exhibitions, Contact (800) 473-3872 or
Link: Millennial Abstractions 

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Paintings 2015

Studio Paintings 2015 (some)

Mary Ann Strandell, Four Tulips, 48"x48" (four canvases), 2015

Mary Ann Strandell, Apothecary, Auction High, 24x48, 2014 (sold)

Mary Ann Strandell, Tulips w Op, Oil on canvas w drawing, 2015

Mary Ann Strandell, Luminaria / Study, oil canvas, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review in KC Star on Exhibition

"In Good Company" Exhibition
Sherry Leddy Contemporary Art
Kansas City, MO
April 3 to May 23, 2015


Mortals become goddesses at painter’s exhibit at Ward & Ward 

...Meanwhile, at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Leedy wanted to celebrate 30 years in the business.
To do so she curated the group exhibit “In Good Company,” which includes the work of 12 artists who live around the country but who have been affiliated with the Midwest.
She wanted to demonstrate that “over time the gallery has been privileged to work with amazing artists and collectors in our community and throughout the country. We have always been in good company and that experience is the core of this exhibition.”
The show has examples of abstract and realist paintings, works on paper, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
“There is no stylistic commonality here,” Leedy says. “I trust my own instincts about artists’ works. But all the artists here are very committed about what they do.”
Leedy clearly responds to intense color, pattern, and layering. Every piece in the exhibit is also process-oriented, the result of real technical skill. She has little interest in haphazardly constructed artworks that get casually pinned to the wall, a staple of many conceptually based art exhibitions of the last three decades.
Leedy is an artist herself, and she acknowledges that “this show probably says as much about me as it does about the individual artists.” “In Good Company” resonates with a sound Midwestern work ethic and visually persuasive imagery.

The sandwiched layering of Mary Ann Strandell’s lenticular prints exemplify the sophisticated, digitized possibilities of today’s print media, matched by a maker’s vision that takes full advantage of those complexities. Strandell’s pictorial fusion of such elements as modernist interior design with rococo chandeliers and Asian figurines creates a hypnagogic effect and the end result is a dream for any would-be time traveler. She deserves her international reputation.
St. Louis-based artist Tom Huck uses a more traditional printmaking medium, woodcut, to create the wildly baroque, biographical triptych “The Muther Load, Ad Oculos, The Violation of Rhoda Rocket.”
Bawdy humor mixed with extraordinary graphic ability is typical with Huck’s art, and these huge prints — each is 5 feet tall — are a tour de force.
The art of Amir H. Fallah is new to this area, but he is scheduled for an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art this year. Born in Iran in 1979 and now based in Los Angeles, Fallah is a sculptor and installation artist as well as a painter. He shows in Europe and the Middle East. Leedy selected six of his paintings for this show, which deal with identity and perhaps hidden agendas, as his subjects are typically covered in textiles. These pieces make one want to see more of his work.
Other artists in this show include Anne Austin Pearce, Kent Michael Smith, Caleb Taylor, Damon Freed, Jane Booth, Kiel Johnson, Larry Thomas, Mark Cowardin and Bill Hassell, who have been shown multiple times over the years at Leedy’s gallery. Together they make an impressive ensemble.
On display
▪ “In Good Company” continues at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art through May 23. For more information, go to

Read more here:
Review of "In Good Company" Exhibition

Catalogue of "In Good Company"