Posted by Liam O'Kennedy September 25, 2012 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Abbot Public Library:
The exhibit, “Scenic Expressions in Oil Paint,” by Franny McKeever, will be on view in the Abbot Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Monday, October 1st, through Thursday, October 25th. There will be a public reception on Sunday, October 7th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. All are welcome!
Franny McKeever's show of oil paintings is a collection of work done over the past three years. The show focuses on Marblehead landscapes and other nearby places. She is fascinated by the history of the town, and the quiet glow of a sunset or the moodiness of a cloudy day suggest to her a connection with the past. She is drawn to landscape for the beauty of light as it can change the feeling or mood of her surroundings. There are some still life paintings of flowers in the show through which there is a sense of freedom to explore the drama of color and the quality of the paint. Painting has become a wonderful means of expression for her and she will continue to learn and grow as a painter.
Franny McKeever began oil painting in college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a BFA degree in painting, in 1985. Over the years, she pursued other creative paths such as a calligraphy business. She also worked as a floral designer and, in the past few years, has been selling her own line of hand-stitched beaded jewelry. She
returned to painting when her fourth child turned three, under the instruction and inspiration of the Highbergers of the Acorn Gallery in Marblehead. She is a member of the Marblehead Art Association and has work on display at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead
The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481.