Marilyn Hoffman, a member of Main Street Artists Gallery since its inception, will be presenting new work at the gallery this month that is both innovative and surprising. Departing from her usual style that has become her trademark, namely, miniature canvases depicting flowers, landscapes and still life, she has recently embarked on a new series of paintings titled “Mystic Glitz” which explore a new artistic vision inspired by some of the amazing street art she has seen.
Leaving behind her usual brushes and implements, Marilyn is exploring the idea of creating art via spray can, which she claims turned out to be both limited and addictive. Using various masking devices and stencils, she experiments with applying multiple layers of color using spray cans of metallic paint and sparkly over-sprays on canvases both large and small. The result is a series of astonishing abstract paintings with a joyfully meditative quality.
A special feature of this new body of work is that, with a few exceptions, all canvases are painted in various shades of blue, which unifies this collection and has a soothing effect on the viewer. This does not dull the senses, but rather, adds a measure of interest and a desire to explore the visual elements of each piece. She also uses common household implements such as various screens (even a fly swatter) to create striking geometric patterns, which add interest and vitality to the work.
It’s always exciting when artists take a fork in the road and challenge themselves to try something new and different, said gallery representatives. With “Mystic Glitz” Marilyn has proved this to be a worthwhile experiment.
The opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Main Street Artists Gallery, 436 West Main St. in Quincy.
Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.