The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and the Old Sculpin Gallery will open “Artist Reflection: Scenes along the Shore,” paintings by Meg Mercier, on September 29. The show will run until October 8, along with a continuation of Fish Stories, the 2012 Fishing Derby Show, and Selections from the Permanent Collection. An artist reception will take place on September 30, from 5 to 7 pm. It will be the last opening of the 2012 season.
Meg Mercier is fortunate to have studied in the tradition of the Boston School of Painters for more than 10 years. She is a member of the Copley Society of Artists, the oldest art association in America, where she was recognized with the prestigious “Excellence in Painting” award. The National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, The Springfield Art Museum and the Parkman House in Boston are among the many other places that her work has been exhibited.
Meg spent most of the summer working along the water’s edge en plein air. She has aptly concentrated on painting along the waterfront just outside the studio. Meg has felt a strong connection to Manual Swartz as she rents the tower at The Old Sculpin, the old boatbuilding shop turned gallery, that was once owned by Mr. Swartz. Working outside she became fascinated by the subtle curves of the local boats, including the catboat Edwina B, which she has chosen to study in detail. Meg focused in on sections of the boat to learn its structure before working out her final composition. These paintings and many other waterfront scenes will be on display during her show.