Juni Van Dyke has named Mary Rhinelander McCarl and Ed Leavitt the Rose Baker Artists of the Month for May and June. Juni is the instructor and coordinator of the Rose Baker Art Program and every two months she selects one or two artists from the program to be honored with a show of their work in the lobby of the Senior Center. The May/June show opened the first week in May and can be viewed weekdays from 9am to 4pm until the end of June.
During the summer, Mary Rhinelander McCarl paints the beaches, marshes, and rocks of Cape Ann. During the long Cape Ann winter she concentrates on painting flower arrangements and collages inspired by her study of Medieval Art. Over the years, Mary has studied printmaking, batik, embroidery, and quilt making.
In this exhibit, she has chosen to display her watercolor and acrylic work.
Mary strives to capture the essential gesture of light on flowers, trees, and rocks. To accomplish this, she uses watercolor and acrylic paint, and often enhances these with water-soluble crayon.
This is the second time Ed Leavitt has been honored as the artist of the month; he was one of the first artists to receive this honor in October of last year. In the first exhibit, he showed his watercolor work. in this show he is exhibiting his work in acrylics.
As you may recall, Ed’s life profession was in the building trades. In 2013, after a stroke, Ed decided to spend time following his love of art. Now, by way of what Ed terms as “fantastic therapy”, he is bringing his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic. Ed’s inspiration is infused by Gloucester’s history particularly its waterfront and as Ed says, “most anything that tickles my fancy”.