Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mary Smoot-Souter Paintings on Display at Kent Public Library

Mary Smoot-Souter
Fine artist

My art reflects my love of life; people, nature, simple everyday things that inspire me to move.
Compositional elements are found everywhere in the world; patterns in nature, unique proportions of human
anatomy, the portrait, gestural movement of branches and trees, the breadth of atmospheric perspective and
layers of air in space,....
Countless reasons creativity helps facilitate growth; architecture, musical composition and poetry. To move,
dance, paint,and play. This is what inspires me to be an artist.

Masters of Fine Art from the New York Academy of Art in New York.
Studied classical and contemporary art training from the model.
Painted with the late Millet Andrejevic and Xavier de Callatay amongst other noted Professors.
Andrew Warhol was on the Board of Directors in the late 80’s and Eileen Guggenheim is currently involved with
the Art History Dept. at the Academy.
Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Studied with Master Printmaker John Ross
NY Teaching Certification, Psch-hi Honor Society of Psychology
Graduated Cum laude.

Private Studies:
Frank Reilly Art Studio, White Plains, NY
Studied with Cesare Borgia (student of the late Frank Reilly from the Art Students League)
Private tutorial with Michael Aviano in new york city
Ecole a. Defois, le se qua sa passavant, Southern France Studied with Ted Seth Jacobs
New School for Social Research, New York City Milton Glazer (paperback illustration)
Richard Schneider (landscape artist) Barett House, Poughkeepsie
Andrew Lattimore landscape workshop
John McDonald landscape workshop

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Marionettes on Display at Kent Public Library!


Marionettes constructed by Mary Schreiber will be on display during the month of February at the Kent Public Library.  The marionettes are part of a series of “freedom fighter” puppets.  They are constructed from a variety of materials, including polymer clay, fabric, wood, yarn, and wire.  Recycled materials are used whenever possible.  For example, Pete’s banjo is a silver polish lid, Harriet’s turban had a previous life as a dishtowel and Susan’s boots once were a briefcase.

These puppets are all marionettes.  Mary also constructs puppets in other forms, including hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets. Several years ago, along with a group of creative people, she formed a theater company, now known as Hawk Rock Theater.  This troupe combines puppetry, music, live action, and literature.  Their productions have included The Canterbury Tales, Tam O’ Shanter, and Beowulf.  Hawk Rock Theater is based at Arts on the Lake. For more information, visit hawkrocktheater.org.