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Merry Calderoni–Painting in Reverse

By Edward Swift

The Merry Calderoni studio/gallery will celebrate the Day of the Dead, as will all the other galleries in Fábrica la Aurora, during the October 31 Art Walk. As in years past, the Calderoni Gallery will create a special altar honoring the life of a friend, family member, or a known artist.

Merry Calderoni Gallery Studio
Sat, Oct 31, 5-8pm
Day of the Dead Art Walk
Fábrica la Aurora

Additionally, Calderoni will unveil a new series of reverse paintings on Plexiglas, a technique she learned years ago and is now revisiting. The technique of painting in reverse on real glass dates back to the third century when the Romans, the Chinese, and possibly others painted on the reverse side of glass plates. The technique is as old as glass itself.  To be successful in this endeavor, it is necessary to think in reverse because in this backward thinking process, the details of a picture, which are usually painted last, are painted first. The viewer then looks through the glass onto the various levels of paint. Merry Calderoni calls it a time-consuming process but not as difficult as it sounds, once you put your mind to it. By substituting Plexiglas for real glass, the process, she says, is “lighter and a little more forgiving, more contemporary.” At the same time she is quick to add, “There is no room for mistakes.”

Come to the Day of the Dead Art Walk and see Merry’s Calderoni’s latest creations.


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