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Mornings on Gray Road

Finding beauty in unexpected places - An exhibition of new work by Mary Azarian

Quaigh Design Centre Gallery

West Main Street in Wilmington, Vermont

July 25 - October 18

Opening Reception: July 25 from 3-5
For more information contact Quaigh Design: qdclmh@myfairpoint.net

This exhibition is the culmination of a mixed media project based on the subjects that caught my interest in my daily walk with my dog, Rosie, as well as treasured domestic objects collected over many years. I have always been intrigued by the patterns on Japanese lacquer work and decided to try incorporating them into my work.

I begin by printing an uncarved wood block in black ink. Then I make a small painting in the center of the printed block and surround it with a patterned border using metallic markers to simulate the gold of lacquer.

I began making woodcut prints in 1968 in a small room in my home and decided to call my studio Farmhouse Press since that was an accurate description of the modest setting for my business.

From the beginning, I was determined to make my work depict the landscape surrounding my home on our hill farm in Vermont and the work (and play) that are required to sustain a rural life. I am tempted to call it a simple life, but that would hardly be accurate.

I wanted to make my work affordable and decided that it would be a one-woman operation. So when you order a print from me, it will be printed, hand painted, packaged and shipped by me. I print and paint each print when I receive the order. It may take me a couple of weeks to fill an order, but I am happy to honor a request for a “rush” order.

In addition to producing prints and note cards, I have illustrated more than 50 books, some of which are also available at this web site.


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