Can you see texture?
If a painting is complete and no one is around to see it, has art been created?
Join Etowah Arts Commission as we explore “Outside The Watercolor Box — Recent Paintings by Marie Spaeder Haas” on exhibit in the gallery June 27 through Sept. 21.
Everyone is invited to experience this adventure with Haas at the artist’s reception on June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served as we explore new surfaces, new subject matter and new combinations of materials with the artist’s inspirations available to further our appreciation.
Haas is an avid watercolorist who spent most of her earlier years near the shores of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania, but has recently found a home in the mountains of southeastern Tennessee.
She started painting and drawing (most likely with a tube of lipstick on the walls of her childhood home, she admits) and has continued through the years even while she pursued an education and career teaching high school biology in Erie, Pa.
Haas started doing watercolor in her preteen years and continues to explore the medium in addition to drawing with pen or brush and ink. She has also experimented with other aqueous media including acrylics and silk dyes, but keeps coming back to watercolor.
While still in Erie, she conducted watercolor and drawing classes and had her own space, the Sycamore Gallery, where she displayed her work and that of area artists.
“I am painting and drawing images all the time, not necessarily with any medium, but always in my mind I am considering colors, textures, shapes and forms. I feel especially fortunate to be able to look at this beautiful creation around me and experience it as a biologist and as an artist at the same time. It energizes and inspires me,” she explained.
Haas frequently exhibits her drawings and watercolors in solo, juried and invitational shows throughout the United States.
Her work is found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan. She currently works out of her studios in Ocoee and Bradenton, Fla.
Her work is available at KADA Gallery in Erie and The Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, as well as through her website: www.SpaederHaasGallery.com.
Etowah Arts Commission gallery is located adjacent to the historic Gem Theater in downtown Etowah and is open to the public free of charge Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 423-263-7608; or visit www.EtowahArts.org.