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September Issue 2010

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Marriott Procter Little

Fourteenth Anniversary of Hurricane Fran inspires new exhibit at the NCMNS Nature Art Gallery

A very powerful and moving exhibit of paintings detailing the destruction left behind from Hurricane Fran in 1996 and a devastating flood in 1985 will debut at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC. The exhibit, FAIR VIEW: Garden Abstracts, featuring works by Raleigh artist Marriott Procter Little, will be on view from Sept. 3 - 26, 2010.

The series of paintings in this exhibit tell the very personal story of the aftermath both of these forces of nature brought to the artist's creek-side garden on Fairview Rd. in Raleigh, the restoration that has occurred in the years since and the revelations experienced by the artist throughout the process. "After suffering the ravages of flood and hurricane and the loss of many trees and shrubs, Mother Nature and I created a near-perfect composition of symmetry, asymmetry, color, line and mass."

Little knew she wanted to create a series of paintings of her garden and decided to do it abstractly.  The large canvases in acrylics and/or oils straddle the line between representation and abstraction. This September marks the fourteenth anniversary of Hurricane Fran's visit to Raleigh. "I never know what shapes will appear in these garden abstractions, but most often an imaginative array of flora and fauna, spirits and sprites, can be found along with the swooping dogwood tree, stepping stones and trellis."

Little began painting in oils as a child and studied privately until enrolling at Smith College in Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Duke University and has also studied with Joe Cox, NC State University, and other well known artists.

Little has maintained a studio at Artspace in Raleigh since 1990 and was awarded Best in Show in 2008 at a juried exhibition there. Her work has been collected by SAS Institute, Elon College, GlaxoSmithKline, News and Observer Newspaper, Bellsouth, Bank Of America, the State of North Carolina, Duke Children's Hospital and such individuals as Alan Alda and Governor Beverly Perdue. She was named Signature Artist of 2009 for Works of Heart, the Triangle's annual art auction to raise money to fight AIDS. Little has also donated more than 300 works of art over 40 years to support the work of numerous charities.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919-733-7450, ext. 369 or visit (http://www.naturalsciences.org/museum-store/nature-art-gallery).

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