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The Flowers Of Summer

By Siobhan Bryne

Paintings of “The Flowers of Summer” by Janet Hawkins Dowda and Cissy Smith-Marks will go on display at Provecho, Bistro del Arte, Ancha de San Antonio 10A on Sunday July 13. There will be an opening reception to meet the artists from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served.

“The Flowers of Summer”
Janet Hawkins Dowda and Cissy Smith-Marks
Sun, Jul 13, 4-6pm
Provecho, Bistro del Arte
Ancha de San Antonio 10A

Janet Dowda and Cissy Marks are old friends from Baltimore who both share a passion for painting flowers, though in completely different styles. Janet attended the Instituto Allende studying under the famous James Pinto many years ago, and has been active in the arts ever since. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in one-person and group shows in London, England, Baltimore, Maryland, and locally at Om Gallery and Galería Pergola.

Cissy earned her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, and also studied at Traphagan School of Fashion and Parsons School of Design, both in New York. She has had work accepted at juried shows at the Maryland Federation of Art. She has exhibited at Angel Fall Gallery and Creative Alliance, among many other galleries in Baltimore. Here in San Miguel, her work has been seen at Galeria Pergola and the Aranday Gallery. Of her art, Cissy says “I have great respect for the natural form (human body and flowers), and enjoy manipulating them to appear just a bit left of real. I hope to entertain the viewers by challenging them to see images in a way they normally would not.”

Janet, on the other hand, has a playful way of treating images, and leans toward abstraction. She says of her work, “I enjoy the creative process, and am inspired by the brilliant colors in nature, having always lived in the country.”

Both painters have works in private collections here in Mexico and internationally. This is the first time they have exhibited together, and one seems to act as a foil for the other, making for a fascinating show. The show will remain up for a month. Don’t miss it!


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