Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the March 2024 First Friday Art Walk, featuring artist Mary Anne Smith

Library LogoThe Bainbridge Public Library is dedicated to spreading the joy of reading and the discovery of ideas with not just our local community, but with visitors from near and afar. In addition, the library is fortunate to house beautiful local works of art both inside and outside the building. Each month the library celebrates a local artist (or artists) with an exhibit, which opens monthly on the Island’s First Friday Art Walk tour, and includes a reception hosted by the featured artist or artists.

The Bainbridge Public Library is proud to present an exhibit by Mary Anne Smith 

Mary Anne will host a “meet and greet” from 5pm-7pm on Friday, March 1st to open her new exhibit, “Watercolor Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest”, for First Friday Art Walk

Long-time islander, Mary Anne Smith, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, began learning to paint in high school, where she received instruction from local Cleveland artist, Phyllis Fannin. However, it would be more than three decades before she could pick up the brushes and rekindle her love of painting.

Upper Dungeness River by Mary Anne Smith
Upper Dungeness River by Mary Anne Smith

After high school, Mary Anne attended Kent State University, graduating with a degree in architecture, and then moved to the Bay Area, where she eventually met her husband. In 1992, Mary Anne’s husband was transferred to Seattle, and they lived aboard their sailboat on Bainbridge Island until 1995, when they purchased a home on the island and moved ashore.

For the next 28 years, Mary Anne worked for LMN Architects in Seattle, where she worked on large cultural and university projects around the country and locally, such as Benaroya Hall, Seattle Central Library, UW Bill and Melinda Gates Center, and UW Tacoma campus. Her last project, prior to retiring in the fall of 2020, was the Seattle Aquarium expansion, which is currently under construction.

As an avid traveler and lover of the outdoors, Mary Anne and her family have travelled all over the country, including a long trip in 2004 on their sailboat down the coast to Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and, of course, sailing. She photographs these adventures and once home again, memorializes them in paintings. After her son left for college, she began to paint once again when time away from her busy career allowed.

“I am inspired by the beauty that surrounds us and love to bring the memory of a place alive again as I focus on painting it,” she said in her Artist Statement. “I have loved painting my entire life but have had little time to pursue it until my recent retirement from architecture. I now have many more opportunities to both explore and paint this beautiful world we live in.”

Totem by Mary Anne Smith
Totem by Mary Anne Smith

In 2019, she purchased a camper van and has been exploring the state and national parks throughout the United States and Canada. “My trips usually last between 6-10 weeks and have extended as far as San Diego, Florida, Northern Ontario and Northern British Columbia and many points in between.” Many of those adventures can be seen in her canvases. Mary Anne mainly uses watercolors in her work, but has dabbled in acrylics and oils as well. “I like to focus on capturing the atmosphere of a place with a combination of realism and impressionism afforded with watercolors.”

The exhibit is available for viewing and sale at the Bainbridge Public Library throughout the month of  March. The exhibit will be available during regular library hours.  For more information, please see the library website, www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org.

A portion of all sales is donated to the library.

As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists. If you have interest in exhibiting your work, feel free to contact Linda Meier, art coordinator, at lindameier2000@gmail.com

***Content and images provided by Linda Meier, Bainbridge Public Library

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