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Riggs instructor of Visual Arts, Mark W. Mulherrin exhibits work at Lavender Door Gallery

The Austen Riggs Center is excited to announce an exhibit of nine new paintings by instructor of Visual Arts, Mark W. Mulherrin at the Lavender Door Gallery on 37 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm and this exhibit is on display through February 20, 2014.

Describing the exhibit, Mark states,
The paintings in this exhibit were begun over the past six months or so and worked on as a group over that time… For the past few years I have used cold wax with my paint. Though somewhat challenging to work with it allows for a tremendous range of textures and has a quality I like of being both flat and luminous.  The frames are put in place early on in the process and change as the colors within the painting change. I consider them an integral part of the picture. What appear on the surface to be fast and simple images are in fact put together very slowly.

Mark W. Mulherrin was born in Boston, MA and grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1982 and spent several years as a musician and performance artist in New York City and the Virgin Islands.  Mark returned to painting full time and has been instructor of Visual Arts since 2000.  Last year he had exhibits at the Bennington Museum, the Painting Center in New York and most recently an installation at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA. where his work included a full scale grand concert harp made entirely from cardboard.  In addition to his visual work, Mark is an avid player, builder and collector of stringed instruments.

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