Corrigan Gallery is pleased to mount an exhibition entitled ODD Characters with new works by Mary Walker opening September 1 with a reception that evening from 5-8pm. The show will remain up through September 30. This opening also celebrates the twelfth year of Corrigan Gallery and its new location at 7 Broad Street. This event is free and open to the public.
Mary Walker is both a printmaker and painter with adventures into wooden sculptures. Born in New York, raised in North Carolina, she has lived near Charleston on a sea island for many years. A consummate creator of great productivity Walker works steadily at expression the angst and joy of life. She says of these work that, “Poetry, songs, plays, old themes, this is source of my new paintings. The paintings are peopled with some characters that appear as I am working. I've made small painted portraits of some of them. There is a general theme of the absurd that runs through the work.” Always throwing whimsy in to the mix and building quite a collection of characters, Walker balances her expressions of human life while referencing other creators.
Walker exhibits nationally and internationally, having won many grants and residencies including ones at the Scuola Internactional de grafifica a Venezia, a Margo Gelb Dune shack on Cape Cod and a visiting artist at The Bascom in North Carolina. The Springfield Art Museum, the Lamar Dodd Collection, the Addlestone Library, the Dock Street Theater and the Sol LeWitt Collection have collected her work. Work has been published in 100 Southern Artists and Carrier Pigeon. Walker was chosen in 2012 as one of five artists for the New York Print Club showcase. She curated several art exhibitions over the last two decades and her dance lessons have drawn her to work with dancers to incorporate movement into exhibitions. The Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, also represents Walker.
Corrigan Gallery is available online 24 hours a day with a sampling of works. The gallery represents contemporary fine art painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors who are local and create works with thought and depth behind them. Also represented are artists of the Charleston Renaissance particularly the estate of Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. Other second market pieces are available including that of Wolf Kahn and William Halsey. Artists represented are Corrie McCallum, Manning Williams, John Hull, William Meisburger, Daphne vom Baur, Kristi Ryba, Karin Olah, Sue Simons Wallace, Paul Mardikian, Susan Perkins, Nancy Langston, Case Jernigan, John Moore, Gordon Nicholson, Lese Corrigan, Bill Buggel, Max Miller, Midge Peery, Jessica Foos Jones, Charles Ailstock. Upcoming shows will be glass works by Nancy Langston, pastels and pencil drawings by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and a visiting artist.