Collagraph Prints, Encaustics, Oil Paintings
70 Holly Street
At my age my work is about time: looking back, forward and being in the present:
Backwards; summary of my three brothers from their knees down – three pairs of legged baggy trousers and their shadows on the green.
I’m thinking of the painting called Time Passing – my feet walking in circles as I dropped pieces from my appointment book in the paint. It’s about treasured moments that are isolated: Daffodils shining in my face against the ripening earth; the dignity of a dry leaf swinging on a winter branch.
It’s the observed elegance of ordinary people tasking:
The old cobbler backlit as he mends a boot; the dory builders on a wintery day; the nurse leaning, children’s jumping bodies. Endless waves and lovely sunny, shaped reflections against the ceiling in my bedroom. Everything cherished. Can I crystalize these emotional moments? This is my work now.
I am enjoying teaching small classes in my home studio too. I taught collagraph printmaking to seven students recently. See photos attached and this testimonial:
“Mary Ann is a fine artist and a great teacher. Professional, informative, interesting and fun, she was able to impart her great knowledge in a very warm and welcoming way. Perhaps, as importantly, she worked well with people who had different levels of skill and was able to be supportive.”
Mary Ann, with her late husband, watercolorist, sculptor, and city planner, Mace Wenniger, owned and operated Wenniger Graphics for 18 years in Boston on Newbury Street, Boston, eight years in Provincetown Massachusetts and 40 years in Rockport, MA. They represented printmakers throughout the world: wood engravers, intaglio artists, and lithographers – great printmakers from earlier times when printmaking was a new art form. Some work from these exhibitions still remain in the Wenniger Cottage Gallery archives and can be purchased.
An art educator with a masters in teaching art from Harvard University, Mary Ann Wenniger wrote the definitive book on her select form of art, Collagraph Printmaking, Watson Guptill Publishing Co. 1978, sometimes available on Amazon.
Mary Ann also wrote, THE SECRETS OF BUYING ART, LITHOGRAPHY TODAY, and, BEST EVER GLUTEN FREE BAKING BOOK AND COMPANY. Forthcoming is an IBook, GROOVY GRANNY’S GREAT GLUTEN-FREE BAKING BOOK.
Wenniger work is on many walls, mostly private homes and corporations including Bank of Boston, First Bank of New Hampshire and the David Rockefeller collection.