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Mary Rowland

Jeffrey Moose Gallery

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EXHIBITION: February 3rd - April 4th, 2023. A reception will be held on First Friday, February 3rd from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery will Livestream a walk through with Ms. Rowland between 5:20 and 5:40 on Facebook.

Painter and Bainbridge Island High art teacher Mary Rowland will exhibit recent works at Jeffrey Moose Gallery for the months of February and March.

Ms. Rowland, who received a BA from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and an MEd from Arizona State University, has taught at BHS since 2003. When not teaching, she is painting or printmaking everyday in her second story studio out on Point No Point in Hansville, with an expansive view on Puget Sound towards Whidbey Island. Birds and other critters make it into her compositions frequently, but so do humans, sometimes as portraits, sometimes as outlines.

Many works in the show were influenced by the theme of family and memories; Ms. Rowland lost her mother recently. The use of family photos or vintage photos conjures up a feeling of long ago, moments frozen in time. Many works are painted with casein, an unusual milk based paint that has a flat, dense finish. Black and grey scale Monoprints on exhibition were inspired by an interest in reusing product packaging and one series involves re-purposed painted canvas pieces decorated with stitches that outline shapes in a playful way.

Ms. Rowland has taught an extensive list of subjects, including Painting, Drawing, Design, AP (Advanced Placement) Studio, Sculpture and Printmaking. This is all the more impressive as Washington State schools have never had mandatory arts programs. Many of her students have gone on to art schools or related careers. One former student, Anna Tieche, had a solo show of her work at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in 2020. Another, Anna Pollock, showed with Jeffrey Moose Gallery in October 2019, presenting portraits of great women in Jazz. Since then, she has painted commissioned portraits of famous Nashville musicians. Indeed, Ms. Rowland has made a difference.

Jeffrey Moose Gallery

181 Winslow Way East suite f, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110, USA

Tuesday – Friday 10-5:30
Saturday 11-6
Also open by appointment.


ABOUT THE GALLERY: In twenty five years Jeffrey Moose Gallery has shown an enormous variety of work by artists local, national and international, with a wide range of styles and media. From the original location in downtown Seattle’s Rainier Square, where I operated for 23 years on the second level of the Atrium, the gallery moved in the summer of 2017 to the town of Winslow on Bainbridge Island.

The gallery has shown work ranging from scientific illustrations to Pop/Op to pastel landscapes to Native American and Australian Aboriginal art. Nature is a common thread and it continues to inspire and direct.

In recent years, music and musicians have been regular themes at the gallery. I am honored to represent Rock and Roll photographer Steve Schneider, whose photos go back to the early 70’s and also include stunning images of the Grunge era. The gallery partnered with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) for the last two Octobers to celebrate Jazz, in conjunction with Within/Earshot Jazz concerts.

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