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Tourist & Town cover April 2022

Tourist & Town cover 


  Kennebunk, Maine

  April 2022 issue


     I'm thrilled to have my art on the cover of the latest issue of Tourist & Town, the arts and entertainment newsletter for the south coast of Maine. The art featured is a detail from my 24" x 24" encaustic painting titled Duet: Poppies & Clouds. I'll be having a pop-up show at Maine Art Hill again this summer, from June 30th - July 6th, 2022. As part of this event, I'll be giving an encaustics demo. Date of the demo is still TBD, but will be posted here once it's set. Or, you can sign up for my monthly newsletter to see my latest paintings and keep up to date on Massachusetts and Maine art openings and shows!    (Click the blue button at the very bottom of this page!)


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Color Notes II, 6" x 6," encaustics

  South End Open Studios


  450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 225, SoWa Art & Design District, Boston

  Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 14 2021, 11 AM - 6 PM


      Over 150 artists will be opening their studios for this popular annual event, with the greatest  concentration of artists at 450 Harrison Avenue (my building) and Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont St. Come see art in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood and fiber. I'll be open both days at 450 Harrison Ave, studio 225. 



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Among the Wildflowers, 20"x20," encaustics

  Nature Redux 

  Joint exhibit with Jane Henry Parsons

  Concord Art, Concord, MA; June 17-July18, 2021

  Meet the Artists Reception: Thursday June 24, 2021, 5-8 PM


I'm thrilled to announce my first in-person exhibition since the pandemic upended everything!!

The curators at Concord Art pair artists for monthly shows in their Members Gallery. Although I hadn't met Jane before we were matched up, it's easy to see why we were put together: We share a love of nature, color, layers, and texture. Originally scheduled for May of 2020, this exhibit was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The works that will be on display are all new and reflect pandemic-prompted changes in our work, as we each used our expanded studio time to experiment with new media, techniques, and dimensions. I'll have several highly-textured encaustic landscapes on display, along with some larger paintings in acrylics on canvas. Jane's new work features new paintings done in oils and cold wax. 
We think you'll enjoy our playful pairings, and the conversations that occur between our paintings!

Concord Art is at 37 Lexington Road, Concord, MA. Gallery hours are Tues - Sat 11am - 4pm and Sun 12pm - 4pm.



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Seeking the Light, 24" x 24"

  Art New England Feature Article

  "Creativity and Catharsis"

  January/February 2021 issue


I am so incredibly honored and grateful to have my creative journey in 2020 be part of a feature story in the Jan/Feb issue of Art New England. This is the magazine’s first edition since they shut down in March, and it’s a beautiful, moving issue about the resiliency of artists, cultural institutions, and the magazine itself during the pandemic. The Creativity and Catharsis article weaves together the story of two coastal artists, and how the challenges of COVID-19 affected our creative processes, subject matter, and media. I think you'll find it a really interesting read. 

Among the other features in this issue: an article on how Black artists in New England responded to the killing of George Floyd and racial unrest in 2020, and a tribute to the artists we lost in 2020, including Wolf Kahn, the amazing expressive painter and colorist whose work has always inspired me.

Read the article here:




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Four seasons, in encaustics

  Cape Courier Feature Article

  "Art in the time of coronavirus"

  December 16 - Jan 20, 2021 issue


The local newspaper here in Cape Elizabeth, Maine interviewed several local artists on the subject of how COVID-19 affected their creativity during 2020. The front page article was accompanied by an image of one of my recent encaustics - a quadriptych with each 8" x 8"  panel highlighting a different season.  


Read the article here:




Two of my paintings in the front parlor

   The Francis Hotel, 747 Congress St, Portland, Maine

   October through December, 2019

   Artist Reception, Friday, December 6, 5-8 PM


  20 of my recent landscape paintings are on display throughout the common areas of this boutique hotel. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning -- it's a painstakingly restored 1880s historic home with lots of charm (as you can see from a glimpse of the original parquet floors in the photo at left). The hotel is open to the public, and all of the paintings on display are available for sale through the front desk.   





Look for these igns for the 2019 Cape Elizabeth art tour

   Cape Elizabeth Art Studio Tour

   Saturday, October 5, 11 am-5pm



I'll be one of eight artists participating in this year's Cape Elizabeth art studio tour. I'll have lots of new landscapes and seascapes to share, and love talking about my artistic inspiration and process with studio visitors, so come on by!! All locations will have these spiffy signs  so you can easily find our studios. For more information, and to view or download a map of participating artists, go to:




Sept 2019 cover of Tourist & Town

   My art made the cover!


My autumn landscape, October Vista, 36" x 30", made the front cover of the bi-weekly Tourist & Town magazine, which covers arts & entertainment in southern Maine, and gets distributed all along the coast from York to Portland, Maine. I'm absolutely thrilled with how my painting looks on the cover!! 


The issues is out in print now, and also viewable on-line. It includes a brief bio and photo of me, along with a brief write-up listing upcoming events in Maine. Check it out here:




Heading Home, 36" x 36," acrylic on canvas

  Kennebunk Pop-Up, Recent Maine Landscapes; Maine Art Hill, Kennebunk, ME

   5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, ME


Exhibit dates: August 20-26, 2019


Artist Reception: Saturday, August 24, 4-7 PM

Gallery Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am - 6pm

                        Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 7pm


Please join me for my first solo exhibition in my new home state of Maine!


Maine's beauty has always transfixed me, and my recent move to Cape Elizabeth, Maine has led to a new focus on the shifting lights, clouds, and weather of coastal Maine.




October Skies, 36" x 36," acrylic on canvas

  Sacred Spaces, Solo Exhibition, Acton (MA) Memorial Library, through December  27, 2018


Exhibit dates: November 3 - December 27, 2018


Roughly 20 of my landscapes will be on display during November and December at the Acton (MA) public library. Here's my artist's statement, which explains the title and focus of this show:


My paintings celebrate nature’s “sacred spaces,” highlighting the natural beauty that adds so much to our lives. I paint unspoiled places, with no human presence, and draw the viewer’s attention to the vital energy that surrounds tree and plant life and that emanates from the water and air. I make this energy palpable by leaving flashes of the contrasting underpainting visible around the edges of trees and horizons, and throughout the sea and sky. The underpainting, typically done in saturated monotones such as magenta, creates a dynamic contrast to the foliage, adding visual depth to my paintings and drawing the eye to these sacred spaces.


Moondance, 16" x 16," acrylic on canvas

  Follow the Light, Solo Exhibition, Lexington Wealth Management, through June 27, 2018


Many of my landscape paintings are inspired by light: how it filters through the tree canopy, or bounces off of the water, or moves across the horizon. This solo exhibition will showcase many paintings where the play of light is the primary focus. 


One piece I created specifically for this exhibition is Moondance. There's something simply magical about watching a full moon as it illuminates the night sky and sends light shimmering across the water. This painting was designed to play up that sense of motion and dancing light. While it's a relatively small piece (12" x 12"), it packs a lot of power.   

Moondance and another 20 or so other recent paintings will be on display at Lexington Wealth Management, as part of its fabulous new initiative called Embracing the Arts. Visitors are welcome during standard business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. For more info please see: 




Feature article, with Coastal Currents

  Maine Home + Design feature, September 2017


I was named one of "five standout artists to keep your eye on" in the September issue of Maine Home + Design. The painting selected - "Coastal Currents" - will be on display in my studio during South End Open Studios on September 16th ad 17th..The painting is 36" by 36" acrylic on canvas, framed in a maple floater frame. 




Feels Like Spring, 24" x 24," acrylic on canvas

  Art Opening, Pompanoosuc Mills, Rt 9, Natick, MA, Sunday Sept 25th, 2017, 2-5 PM


I hope you can stop by and say hello and see my most recent landscapes. There's also going to be a gorgeous handcrafted Pompy end table raffled off to one of the lucky attendees of Sunday's opening!! If you can't make the opening, 15 of my landscapes will be on view in the Natick showroom through August 18th. 


For more details, please see this link:



Autumn Birch Trio, 36" x 24", acrylic on canvas

  American Scholar "Portrait of the Artist" profile, March 2017


In this interview, I talk about the sources of my inspiration as well as why I paint, and how I hope my collectors feel when viewing my paintings. (Hint: The subtitle of this interview is "Escapism"!)


Please check out the article here:



Storm Clouds Passing, 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas

  Newton Open Studios, April 1st and 2nd, 2017


This will be my first time participating in this event, which is one of the largest open studios in greater Boston. Roughly 175 artists will be spread across 50 to 60 pop up exhibition sites. I'll be sharing space in CRG Realty's offices in the Piccadilly Building at 1280 Centre Street, Newton Centre, with 3-4 other artists.  Opening reception Friday, March 31st, 5-7 PM; open studio hours Sat & Sun, April 1st and 2nd, from 11am-5pm. Please stop by and say hello!


For additional info and downloadable maps, please see:



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  artmaine profile


The 2017 annual guide to Maine artists just came out, and I'm thrilled to be included. You can pick up a copy at any bookstore in Maine or in the Portland Art Gallery at 154 Middle Street in Portland. I'm on page 111, talking about what inspires me and my latest series of landscapes.  


View from the Dunes, 36" x 36", acrylic on panel

  East Boston Community Health Center, Winthrop, MA

  Corporate Art Installation, August 16, 2016  


Today was the grand opening of the newest East Boston Community Health Center, in Winthrop, which will be providing primary care to local residents. It's in a gorgeous waterfront spot, and to make the center even more welcoming, they selected work from local artists to adorn the walls. I’m thrilled that my “View from the Dunes” original painting on panel will be welcoming patients to the center. Many thanks to Betty Bothereau and her team for selecting my painting for this wonderful new space!!  


Before and during the opening party

  Colorscapes Solo Exhibition, StoveFactory Gallery, Charlestown, MA

  April 23-30, 2016  


My most recent solo exhibition featured 26 of my colorful, contemporary landscapes. Most were of New England scenes near and dear to my heart, from the beaches of the south coast of Massachusetts where I grew up, to the mountains and lakes of Maine. The opening reception was packed, and was a fun night for all! If you’d like an exclusive invite to my next opening, please visit my contact page and either send me an email or click on the “join my mailing list” link at the bottom of the page. 


 Maine Home + Design profile


I'm one of two dozen artists with ties to Maine who were selected for profiles in the 2016 Bonus Art Edition of Maine Home + Design. This fall, I visited the Portland, Maine headquarters of the magazine for an interview with Editor at Large Jen DeRose. We spent nearly an hour chatting about sources of artistic inspiration and why paths and journeys play such an important role in many of my paintings.




 Opening Reception, Pompanoosuc Mills Showroom, Boston

 Thursday September 10, 2015, 6-8 PM


A dozen of my landscapes are currently on view in the Boston showroom of the Vermont-based handcrafted furniture maker Pompanoosuc Mills. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, September 10th, from 6-8 PM. The

paintings selected for the Back Bay showroom at 419 Boylston Street include landscapes from around New England as well as the latest paintings in my Night Sky series.



 Pompanoosuc Mills Showroom, Concord, New Hampshire


A dozen of my landscapes will be on view in the downtown Concord, New Hampshire showroom of Pompanoosuc Mills through autumn 2015. The paintings, chosen to complement the locally designed and handcrafted furniture, are placed in different room settings throughout the store.


Pale Winter Sky, 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas

My work was featured in the Boston Globe’s Style section.


My “Pale Winter Sky” painting was one of six works selected by Marni Elyse Katz for her “Artfully Arranged” column on April 6, 2015.  Here’s a link to the article.

In addition to writing her style columns for the Globe, Marni writes the fabulous design blog  -- be sure to    check it out!!  



Crimson Arabesque, 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas

My first New Hampshire exhibition!


Two of my abstract paintings were selected for the 29th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibition sponsored by the New Hampshire Art Association in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The juror was Jessica Roscio, Ph.D., Associate Curator Danforth Art Museum and School. The exhibit is open from April 1-29, with the opening reception on Friday, April 3, 2015, from 5 – 8 PM. The exhibit and reception are being held in the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery at 136 State Street, Portsmouth, NH. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-4 PM.


Best of Houzz 2015! I was named Best of Houzz in the Arts category for 2015, based on client reviews. If you haven’t checked out, you definitely should. It’s one of the most addictive home design/interior decorating sites around. They have daily and weekly features that offer inspirational ideas on remodeling or decorating specific rooms. You can also post photos of a troublesome spot in your home and ask for community input/suggestions. Please check out the site -- and enjoy!

Exhibit Opening
River's Edge, 12" x 24", acrylic on panel, ©Marcia Crumley

SoWa Open Studios, Sept 20 & 21, 2014 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Studio 319. I'll be open both days from 11 am to 6 pm. Every studio in the building is required to open for the weekend, so if you want to experience a wide variety of styles and mediums of art, this is the perfect event.  I'll have lots of new works on display, including newly-finished River's Edge, shown at left.




Exhibit Opening
A River Runs Through It, 12" x 12", acrylic on paper, ©Marcia Crumley

My Art to be Featured in a Movie! Five of my pieces were selected by the set decorator of the upcoming Gus Van Sant Movie "Sea of Trees." While there's no guarantee they will all make it into the final cut, or how visible they will be, it's still super exciting to have this opportunity.


Here are links to stories about my work being in "Sea of Trees" in The Boston Globe and




Exhibit Opening
What Lies Beneath, 24" x 24", mixed media on board, ©Marcia Crumley

SoWa First Fridays - fall 2014!  I am subletting a studio through mid-January at 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston.  They have open studios the first Friday of every month, and it's quite a lot of fun as there are over 60 artists in the building and most studios are open and serving light refreshments. If you live in the Boston area, please stop by and say hello in Studio 319 on one of these dates:   


October 3rd, 5-9 PM

November 7th, 5-9 PM

December 5th, 5-9 PM





Exhibit Opening
Monhegan Bluffs, 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas, ©Marcia Crumley

Exhibit Opening!  My Monhegan Bluffs painting has been chosen for the Neighborhood Artists: Charlestown exhibit at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA.  It will be on display there through Saturday, January 25th, 2014.  Please look for it if you are going to a convention in Boston!!  If you live in the area, there is a free opening reception on the evening of Tuesday, November 19th. Details are as follows:   


Tuesday, November 19th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Level 2- Northeast, Escalator/Lounge Area

Free Parking, Open to the Public, Light Refreshments & Cash Bar

Exhibit Opening
Autumn Parasols, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas, ©Marcia Crumley

Horizons Landscape Exhibit  Six of my paintings are on display through October 27th, 2013 in the StoveFactory Gallery in Charlestown, including my recently completed Autumn Parasols. A total of 75 paintings by local artists are in this beautiful curated exhibition.  Details are as follows:   


StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19th, 5PM-8PM

Free Parking, Open to the Public, Light Refreshments & Open Bar

Gallery Hours, 11AM-5PM, October 19, 20, 26 and 27









Marcia Crumley Art

450 Harrison Ave, Studio 225

Boston, MA 02118


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