Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Mary Ann Beckwith exhibit to open Nov. 11 at Rozsa

HOUGHTON -- The public is invited to join artist Mary Ann Beckwith at a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, as she opens a retrospective of her work, "Images Now and Then," in the Rozsa Gallery, downstairs in the Rozsa Center.

Beckwith, a professor in the Michigan Tech University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, may be best known for her watercolors. Among her many honors, she has been elected to the Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA and has had a gallery dedicated in her name at Central Michigan University.

A recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Beckwith has been on the Michigan Tech faculty for 38 years and is committed to sharing the artist's experience with students of all disciplines.

"Painting and helping others to experience painting still gives me a flutter in my stomach, a kind of lightheaded joy and satisfaction like that of a thirst quenched," she says. "I love the stages of painting, all the stages. That pristine white surface and the vision of what might be, the first bits of color or lines, and then, slowly, the awareness that this whole process might be beyond my control."

Beckwith is equally a painter and a teacher with a passion for both. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA, International Society of Experimental Artists (Nautilus Fellow), Society of Layerists in Multimedia, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and many state and regional societies.

"Images Now and Then" will be on display in the Rozsa Center from Nov. 11 to Jan. 27. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit is made possible by the James and Margaret Black Endowment.

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