Friday, July 19, 2013


Marsh: Pool
mixed media on panel
24 x 24

Rocky Neck Gallery’s Summer Artists Series: Marsh as Metaphor –
New paintings by Brenda Cirioni.
Wednesday, July 24 – Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Rocky Neck Gallery is pleased to announce the fourth show of the Summer Artist Series featuring artist Brenda Cirioni and her exhibit Marsh as Metaphor.  This dramatic new show opens Wednesday, July 24 and runs for three weeks until August 13.  Meet Brenda Cirioni and learn about her intriguing creative process at an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 27 from 5-7 PM. 

Cirioni’s paintings, consisting of mixed media on panel, are energetic, thought provoking and beautiful depictions of nature.  This new series is inspired by her family home burning to the ground when she was sixteen.  While touching upon utter destruction, her paintings are celebratory, bursting with color and regeneration.

In this series she explores the tension between nature and the elements.  Her work is about the power of transformation within nature and within us.  Cirioni paints the background composition, then draws, splatters and drips with acrylic ink and paint creating a surface rich with texture, color and movement.  She enlarges on the composition with torn paper scraps, feathers, fiber and other debris.  Her method of layering and juxtaposing disparate materials draws attention to the multiplicities and mysteries of nature and life.

Cirioni says, “The fire and consequent loss of everything inside my home provided a yearning to attach myself to things that last: earth, water, air, in other words, to nature, as well as to art and community.

Cirioni is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  She has exhibited in many of Massachusetts’ fine art museums: The Attleboro Arts Museum, the Danforth Museum of Framingham, the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, The Fitchburg Museum and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.  Her painting, Dickinson’s Hope, hangs in the office of Governor Deval Patrick.  Cirioni’s work is in many prestigious corporate art collections such as Boston’s Brigham and Women's Hospital, Fidelity Investments and Carroon and Black Insurance Co., as well as other institutions and private collections across the country, including the Wrigley family collection.  She is a member of Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham and has a studio at Artspace in Maynard.

Please join us and meet Brenda Cirioni on Saturday, July 27th from 5-7 PM for a reception.  Hear her talk about her work and process around 6 PM.  Delicious refreshments will be served.  Rocky Neck Gallery is located on 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.  The hours are: Sunday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 8 PM.  Free parking is available.

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