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October 2013

Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Mary Walker

Corrigan Gallery LLC in Charleston, SC, will present Myth and Morph, featuring new works by Mary Walker, on view from Oct. 1 - 30, 2013. A reception will be held on Oct. 4, from 5-8pm.

Walker has added a new twist to her works taking printworks and collaging them together to make something additional. This solo show is refreshing and humorous with a charge of characters to make anyone wonder!

Walker is a consummate printmaker using almost every printmaking form known. She is also a talented painter but this show will be exclusively fine art prints. In both her prints and paintings, she has created several story lines and themes. Most of them come from literature, art history or ballads giving them a basis in history to which she adds her interpretive and whimsical characters. In this latest series, she begins to unify her themes and bring together the storylines that have grown over the years out of myths and have morphed into her own family of images.

Walker returned to Charleston after studying in New York at the Art Students’ League. She was raised in North Carolina, attended high school in Charleston followed by college in North Carolina. She has focused on her artwork for over 36 years. This year Walker was selected as portfolio artist for Carrier Pigeon Magazine in New York and the summer issue of 24Pearl: The Magazine. Last year her work was included in the 17th Mini Print International at The Ink Shop Printmaking Center in Ithaca, New York and the Naturalia Animalia Esposizione internazionale di libri d’artista, Sannicola, Italia as well as the LaGrange National XXVII Exhibition, LaGrange Art Museum, Georgia where work then entered the museum collection.

In 2011 Walker’s work was purchased by the Springfield Museum from their Prints USA: 2011 show and she had prints in the New York International Print show and the Reconsidering Regionalism at the Jule Colins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. She has received many artists’ residencies and grants for printmaking. Walker had an artist’s book in the Italian 2008 Libro (di sé) 9a Rassegna Internazionale di Libro d’Artista in Rome. She taught workshops at the Redux Art Center and at the Bascom Center in North Carolina. Walker accepted a Margo-Gelb Dune Shack residency in Provincetown in 2007 and was the 2006 winner of the Griffith Lowcountry Artist’s Award. The award resulted in a solo show at City Gallery Waterfront in Charleston which then led to her being chosen as the poster artist for the Piccolo Spoleto program “Opera is for Everyone.”

Walker has received grants from the South Carolina Arts commission and the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program. In 2004 she organized “The Scrolls,” an anti-war project involving both national and international artists that has been exhibited in Charleston, Cincinnati and Washington, DC. Her work is included in the Medical University of South Carolina Contemporary Carolina Ashley River Tower collection.

Corrigan Gallery is in its ninth year of presenting local, contemporary art from individuals with museum collections listed on their résumés as well as lesser known or transitional artists. The owner’s 26 years in the Charleston art market serves the collector and the community well in connecting the right art with the right art lover. Corrigan Gallery provides a depth to the historic city’s traditional bent. Presenting art with a presence as well as a future, the gallery strives to present valid alternatives to collectors.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/722-9868 or visit (www.corrigangallery.com).

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