Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Final Fridays :: Maryanna Adelman

Please join us Friday, January 31 at the opening reception for Kansas City artist Maryanna Stark Adelman. We are excited to be featuring a variety of her work for her show, Familiar/Unexpected. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

Artist Statement
When asked, is that a painting or a drawing? I answer, I don’t know. It begins as a drawing, with water soluble pencils and crayons. Then, during the process of seeing and editing, water is added and in that instant, it becomes a painting. Is that a landscape? Well, yes. However, it’s also a portrait, of sorts. In the process of painting the public landscape, life interrupts and the once anonymous place markers of trees, birds, houses and other objects begin to tell a story.

Artist Biography
Raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Maryanna Stark Adelman received a BA in Theatre from Baker University before earning a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. After teaching high school art and theatre she returned to school and earned her MA in Printmaking and Painting from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Maryanna continues her intaglio (etching) printing through the HandPrint Press at UMKC and paints from her home studio. She has exhibited in the Kansas City area at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Late Show Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, UMKC Gallery of Art and the Thornhill Art Gallery. Currently, Maryanna teaches drawing at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and is a visiting artist for Kansas City Young Audiences. Maryanna lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri. More of her work may be seen at maryannaadelman.com.