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Amy Rie McGuire

​​​​​​​​​​​Education:

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA- Abstract Art and Painting
The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY- Textile and Surface Design   

Institute of Eco Systems, Millbrook, NY and SUNY Ulster- Natural Science Illustration

Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY-Painting with Karen O'Neil,  St. Julian Fishburne 
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY- Illustration and Textile Design
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT- Center for Creative Youth
Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT- Drawing, Painting, Design with Robert Dublac

My Parents Dorcas and Calvin Sewell



Exhibitions:

Scholastic Art Competitions                    Hartford, CT                           1976

Greater Hartford Arts Festival                Hartford, CT                           1979​
Woodstock School of Art                           Woodstock, NY                      2001
Goleria Boriken                                             Rhinebeck, NY                       2003  

Family Network Chiropractic                 Kingston, NY                          2005
Woodstock Walk-In Doctors Office     Woodstock, NY                      2006
Ulster Savings Bank                                    Kingston, NY                          2005,2006,2007
The Arts Upstairs Gallery                         Phoenicia, NY                         2005,2006
Village Art and Frame Gallery                Babylon, NY                            2008
Evergreen Gallery                                       Great Barrington, MA         2009,2010

Catskill Art and Office                               Woodstock, NY                       2011,2012,2017
Ulster Savings Bank                                   Woodstock, NY                       2012  

Cooper-Finn Gallery                                  Millbrook, NY                         2015
Woodstock Artists Assoc.                        Woodstock, NY                        2015,2017,2018,2019
Barrett Art Center                                       Poughkeepsie, NY                  2015,2016
Private Collections


Awards:

1st Place Pencil Drawing-Scholastic Art Competition Hartford, CT                1976

Best Surface Design -Milekin Textile Design Competition New York, NY    1981


Member:      

Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Woodstock  NY                        current

American Craft Council                                                                                                  current
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators                                                                       current
Barrett Art Center,  Poughkeepsie, NY                                                                    current


Publications:

Woodstock Guide                                                                                            2013,2014,2015  

Art and Food- Washington Art Association Washington Depot, CT           2014

The Ashokan Reservoir: An Ephemeral Glimpse by Amy Rie McGuire       2016




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Artist Statement 


Nature has always been my inspiration. Growing up in rural Northwestern Connecticut allowed me the freedom to explore the woods, fields, and streams to gain an understanding and love of plant and animal life.  The design and structure of the natural world is the driving force behind my work.
My art is comprised of four distinct bodies of work. Each of these grow as I continue to develop a clearer understanding of the force that inspires them.
Because of my appreciation of detail and the exactness in the created world and also the character that this may express, the first body of work consists of botanical illustrations, silk painting, and portraits of my “beasty” friends. I continue to work defining and articulating the beauty and complexities of nature, especially the beauty, delicacy, and intricacy of flora, and the attitudes expressed by fauna.
The second body of work comprises the larger view of nature in its totality of the landscape and seascape. These works portray the ever changing colors and light on land and sea.
Third, the still life, is important to me as a gesture captured in a moment when everything about the subject is striking at that moment. The light, shadows, reflections, color, shape, and texture all come together and capture for me an awe inspiring "still" moment in time - where time stands still and I get to ponder it's amazingness-Ha! To capture that and hold it in paint-that is the trick.
Fourth, and potentially most important, is the visual depiction of my relationship with The Source of Creation. My quest is to visually portray this impetus of inspiration, this energy, as it moves around and through me, inspiring me, guiding me, and developing me. This energy always was and always will be, and is all around us in the quantum field—the matrix. This energy is also inside of us and is associated with color, shape, the five senses, the organs and all of the cells of our bodies. This energy governs our thoughts, our emotions, and our outcomes. It is what creates us and everything we have and are. This art work details that moment of inspiration and manifestation, and the myriad of possibilities waiting to come forth into form.


All four of these bodies of work combined with other craft traditions I explore, are ways in which I create beauty inspired by the natural world and share it with you to make your world more beautiful.

 
Enjoy!

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 One-of-a-Kind  Hand-Painted  

 Paintings-Textiles-Greeting Cards  

​​​​​​​​   Amy Rie McGuire