Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Solo ExhIbition in Oi ls at the Carnegie
Art has always been a part of Mary’s life, although serious pursuit of the art of oil painting is relatively recent. Born and raised in the Midwest, adult life brought Mary and her family to Decatur Alabama where she eventually found herself surrounded by the amazingly diverse local artistic community. Nurtured by her involvement with the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, she began seriously pursuing her artistic vision and training in 2005.
Mary’s artistic vision has been inspired and supported by many people in her life. Teachers include her father, James C. Keith of Omaha Nebraska. Mary has most recentlystudied under professional artist (the late) Billy Kirk of Booneville, Mississippi, as wellas Alabama A&M art instructor Robert Bean of Huntsville, Alabama, Tim Stevensonof Florence, Alabama, Jason Saunders of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as Camille Przewodek of Petaluma, California.
In 2007 Mary’s focus was defined and intensified with the inception of a new group– The Tennessee River School – including artists Jerry Brown of Huntsville Alabama and Matt Welch of Chattanooga Tennessee. With various outings designed to foster support of their collective painting vision, the three visited museums, local landmarks and natural settings, then worked together to produce numerous artworks and exhibits.
Mary’s artwork is signed as MHReed. She has received commissions from numerous collectors in the South and Midwest, hangs in collections from coast to coast, and has been included in many juried art shows and exhibits in North Alabama galleries and museums.