Marilyn MacGregor at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery
Have you ever met someone you thought you already knew? Â And they thought they knew you, too? Â That happened to me June’s First Friday in Old City at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery. Â Marilyn MacGregor has a lovely show of floral paintings done in mixed media but mostly ink in the gallery on 3rd Street. Â It turn’s out Marilyn is an art blogger and she posts a weekly art history article on her blog called www.artsmarttalk.com. Â She also writes forÂ Broad Street Review and other publications. Â Maybe we know each other from those circles or other art shows but we simply hit it off.
I commented how much I liked the paintings which I thought were watercolors and Marilyn said, “Actually they’re not watercolors, they’re colored ink. Â When I start drawing, everything I do starts with drawing, and then with the sense of spontaneous color, I add ink. It’s not that I do flowers all the time, I just happen to think they’re wonderful, a subject with a living pattern of space and all. Â But in October I’ll have a show here and I’ll have some abstracts. I’ve been working on a series of abstract grids with patterns of light, sort of random. Â That will be around the time of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.”
I asked how Marilyn MacGregorÂ became associated with Bluestone Fine Art Gallery? Â “I actually met Pam Regan on LinkedIn. Â Although, a friend of mine who is near here had said when Pam was opening, ‘You really should meet her and show her your work’. And I didn’t. But then we connected through LinkedIn and I think she had seen my writing, I’m a fairly active presence on FaceBook and Twitter and she was trying to find ways to promote this. So, we had coffee and I asked her if she’d like to see my work and so she came over to the studio and here I am.”
Marilyn said, “I really think she has a nice idea for this gallery. It has a kind of warmth.” Bluestone Fine Art Gallery displays art and furnishings together creating a very accessible vibe allowing shoppers to imagine the art in their own homes. Marilyn MacGregor‘s show ends this weekend but for now the space is dedicated mostly to her paintings, the beautiful Spring weather is a perfect excuse to wander Old City and visit the gallery to see the display of floral paintings.
Of course, I am fascinated that Marilyn MacGregorÂ is a blogger, maybe that’s the simpatico vibe we felt. Â I asked what she’s planning to write about next? Â “I send out a newsletter and I write blogs. This week I’m so busy I’m taking a break which I rarely do because I want to do it justice. So next I don’t know, maybe there’s an interesting show at Winterthur, recently I was on a press tour in the Brandywine Valley, so I think it’s going to be something out of that, maybe. I’m also a professor at Drexel, I teach the history of children’s literature. Â I’m an illustrator with a background in children’s illustration so I may write about Andrew and N.C. Wyeth, I’m not sure.”
This week on www.artsmarttalk.comÂ MacGregor writes, “It was meant as an insult – ‘The Ashcan School‘ – painters of mud and gritty urban life.” Â Cool.
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