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Marie Marfia, Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24x18".

Skelly paintings traveling to New Mexico

I’m so excited that two of my skeleton paintings, Cheers! and Neverending Love Story, have been accepted to a show at KEEP Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Details below!

Marie Marfia, Neverending Love Story, soft pastel, 12x16.375
Neverending Love Story, soft pastel on sanded paper, 12 in. x16.375 in., $800.

Neverending Love Story is a parody of Marianne Stokes’ wonderful painting of Nicolette and Aucassin, a pair of lovers I was first introduced to in Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles novels. I highly recommend these books, if you’re a romantic at heart like me. I love them. Marianne Stokes’ work is, of course, sublime, and it was a pleasure to use her piece for inspiration.

Marie Marfia, Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24x18".
Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24 in. x18 in., $1800.

I painted Cheers! as a parody of Charles Marion Russell’s self portrait/Christmas card which I then used as my holiday greeting card back in 2020. At the time I was still in my old studio space in downtown Ludington. Good times! I remember deciding to make it as big as I could because I just knew all those horse skeleton bones were going to be difficult! And they were! Fun, though.

Details for this show:

The New Vanguard: Explorations into the New Contemporary V
Keep Contemporary Gallery
142 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
January 19-February 16, 2024
Opening Reception Friday, January 19, 5-8pm

I can’t go but if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come!

KEEP Contemporary is one of Santa Fe’s newest and most unconventional art spaces bringing fresh energy to the local art scene.


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Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.

Feeling accepted

It’s awesome when one of your works is juried into an art exhibition. This has happened a few times now (okay, three times) and it always makes me feel so many things, including grateful and hopeful and humbled.

Yay!

It’s good to be liked.

Now I have to find something to wear. Or, rather, I need to find something for my art to wear. What do you think? Black and gold? That’s a traditional style frame. Or I could go out to my garage where all my already used frames are and see if there’s something that would suit.

I want my art to be dressed for success, you know.

Here’s the piece that was accepted into the show.

Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.
Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.

And here’s the black and gold frame I think I want to use.

What do you think?

The show is Crooked Tree Art Center – Petoskey’s annual juried fine art exhibition, Fields of Vision. The exhibition dates are January 13 to February 24, 2024. Opening reception and exhibition awards announcements will be on January 13th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

There were 51 pieces selected from 206 submissions, so it looks like it’ll be a nice size collection. I will not be able to attend because I’ll be visiting my grandkids in Ireland, but if you’re in town I hope you will go see the show.


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Marie Marfia, Little Bit of Normal, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 8 in, $700.

Visit us at the Artisan Market this summer

Hey everyone! I am pleased to announce that I and my beloved husband, Steve, will be showing off our stuff at the Artisan Market every Thursday afternoon from 2-6pm in downtown Ludington, starting May 26 and continuing through September 22, 2022.

Marie Marfia, Little Bit of Normal, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 8 in, $700.
Marie Marfia, Little Bit of Normal, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 8 in, $700.

Steve has been working hard to make some tie dye shirts and onesies to sell at our booth, and I will have my skelly and landscape prints, cards and stickers for sale, plus a few originals. It’s happening under the Pavilion on the beautiful Legacy Plaza (right where James Street tees on Ludington Avenue). We hope to see you there!j

Enjoy a time-lapse of Steve making another beautiful tie dyed shirt:

So meticulous!

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Mary, looking at the plein air show in Three Rivers, Michigan

Outing to Carnegie Center for the Arts

I took an opportunity while staying at my daughter’s house to go see “Painting Common Ground,” the plein air landscapes of Erwin Wolff and Richard Jordan, at the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers, Michigan.

When you are creating every day it’s good to regularly refill your well of inspiration well. This outing seemed just the ticket, after a few weeks of intense baby care, what with feedings and burpings and changings. It was nice to get out of the house for a few hours.

Richard Jordan is the founder of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, a group that I recently joined, so I was curious about what I would see at the show. I’ve only met the Richard and Erwin once or twice and I didn’t have any ideas about what their respective styles might be, except for what I’d glimpsed on their easels in passing.

Once we found the art center my sister and I wandered the halls and floors of the two buildings, one previously used as a library and the other a former bank building. There was a high school/community college show upstairs that we liked very much and also a glassworks show on the main floor. When we asked the director where the plein air show was, she told us Richard and Erwin’s paintings were in the “room with the pianos” on the main level next door.

Mary looking at the plein air show
Mary, looking at the Painting Common Ground show, at the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers, Michigan.

It was pretty impressive to see so many wonderful plein air paintings in one place! Richard and Erwin have been painting outdoors for many years and it’s reflected in the confidence of their strokes and the compositional clarity of their pieces.

Each artist contributed 25 smaller paintings plus one larger painting to the show, and the works feature natural settings around Michigan, from way up in the UP all the way to the southwest corner of the state. I enjoyed it very much. When I got back to my daughter’s place I also watched a video explaining their individual approaches to their work.

It’s always inspiring to me to see other artists’ works and opens my mind to new ways of seeing the world. I’m very glad I went.

The show continues through April 7, 2022.


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Earth Day 2022

I’m going to be creating a landscape painting and live streaming it on Facebook Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 12-3:30pm at the United Methodist Church on Bryant Road in Ludington, Michigan. You will be able to bid on the painting via silent auction at the event. All proceeds from the auction will go to AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World). Pretty exciting!

You don’t have to be present to win but you do need to come to the Earth Day event to be able to bid. I will be framing the piece with a gold and black frame at the end of the event and you will be able to take it with you or, if you prefer, I will deliver it to a local address or I can ship it. The winner will be announced at 4pm.

I’m so excited because this is one of the big things I wanted to do this year, using my artwork to do good in the world! I’m so proud to be working alongside AFFEW to help clean up our environment locally and globally.

Below are the reference photos I’ll be practicing for the final painting. Watch my Facebook and Instagram feeds to vote for your favorite reference on April 18, 2022.

Success! Here’s a link to the live demo recording on Facebook and below is my final piece right before I popped it into its frame and it went home with the winner of the silent auction!

Pretty cool!

These are the time-lapses for my study sessions as I finished them. Enjoy!

Upper Hamlin Lake
Summer Morning Trees
Pere Marquette River Spring

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Art on Main Street pop up show

Art on Main Pop Up Show

I’m planning to participate in Art on Main Street pop up show in Grand Haven from 1-4pm on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Here’s a link to the official event page for LVAC.

Art on Main Street pop up show

I plan to bring skeleton cards, prints and posters, plus some lovely landscape art to sell. I hope to see you there!


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Art for the Parks April 16 at Hemlock Crossing

Art for the Parks Show

I’m participating in the Art for the Parks Show at Hemlock Crossings, on Saturday, April 16. This is a pop-up sale to benefit the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. The show is from 5-8 pm at the Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center, 8115 West Oliver Rd, West Olive, and there will be a cash bar and live music.

From the event page: Join us for Art for the Parks 2022! We’ll fill the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossings County Park with art by regional artists in this pop-up event to benefit the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. Find works by painters, photographers, fiber artists, glass artists, ceramicists, jewelry makers, and a whole lot more. Live music by Bri Baron. Cash bar. $10 suggested donation at the door and 10% of all art sales benefit the parks’ foundation. This is a not-to-be missed event! Hope to see you there. Click here to get directions to the show.

Here’s what I’m bringing to the show.

Marie Marfia, Under Gray Skies, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in.
Under Gray Skies, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in, $800.
Marie Marfia, Twosome, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 10 in, $900.
Twosome, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 10 in, $900.
Marie Marfia, Shadow Play, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.
Shadow Play, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.
Marie Marfia, Out the Window, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in, $800.
Out the Window, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in, $800.
Marie Marfia, November Fire, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.
November Fire, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.
Marie Marfia, New Snow, soft pastel on sanded paper, 5 in x 8 in, $600.
New Snow, soft pastel on sanded paper, 5 in x 8 in, $600.
Marie Marfia, Morning Walk, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in, $800.
Morning Walk, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 8 in, $800.
Marie Marfia, Juniper Tree, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.
Juniper Tree, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, $800.

I’m really excited to be invited to participate in this art show to benefit the parks in Ottawa County. Hope to see you there!


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Marie Marfia, Joyous X-mas, acrylic on canvas, 6x6".

End of the year online show!

Picture this: A virtual online exhibit showcasing eclectic, imaginative artworks! Sounds like a pretty great event, right? 💯But what if I told you that I was able to be a part of something really cool like this?  It’s true!  The @GristleartGallery has invited me to be a part of Toy Box, their end of the year online show.  I’m in creation mode for the event that kicks off on November 20th.  I’m working on 3 – 6” x 6’ collectors canvases.  Life is good, don’t you agree?

And now they’re all done! Yay! Who doesn’t want skeleton Christmas paintings? No one, that’s who! Hope you like them! See below for info about pre-show sales.

UPDATE: All my original Skel Noel paintings have now been sold! Thank you to my collectors for all your support! They’re now available on my Etsy shop as a downloadable print, in my Square shop as a greeting card, in Signed cards as, what else? a signed card, and in my Fine Art America shop as anything you can imagine. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Dashing thru the Snow, acrylic on canvas, 6×6″, sold.
From Our Crypt to Yours, acrylic on canvas, 6×6″, sold.
Joyous X-mas, acrylic on canvas, 6×6″, sold.

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Toy Box show!

Special pre-show sales available

Gristle Art Gallery’s Toy Box show is open to the public starting on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12 noon EST, but you can purchase in advance by contacting Gristle Art Gallery starting Monday, November 15, 2021! To get first dibs on any of the artwork featured in Toy Box, send an email to gallery@gristletattoo.com or visit Gristle Art Gallery online at https://www.gristleartgallery.com .

First in a series of 3 pieces for Gristle Gallery’s end of the year show, Toy Box!

It was fun to find old fashioned Christmas greetings to skeletonize for this show! I enjoyed painting every one of them. I hope you like them as much as I do.

By the way, there will be a card featuring one of these Skel Noels coming to your mailbox soon. If you’re not on my snail mail list yet, now’s a good time to fix that!


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Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Could you use a little help with your Christmas shopping this year?  You’re in luck, I have just the thing!

It’s my “Holiday Open House” at the one and only Marie Marfia She Shed! 🎄🎅🎄It’s all happening on Small Business Saturday, November 27 from 1 to 5 pm. 2858 N Sherman Rd Ludington, MI 

I’ve  been working hard to create unique one of a kind pieces, cards, stickers and more! It’s perfect for people who love landscape art, skellies & monsters.

Seeing the Light, WIP, pastel on sanded paper, 20×16″.

We all have a lot on our plates, that’s why I’m here to help make shopping for those on your list easier! 

Also, cookies! Hot cocoa!

UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone who came out in the snow and cold to tour my studio space. It was lovely to see your smiling faces. I’m so grateful for your support! Let’s do it again, soon! (But maybe wait until it warms up again…)


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Frida Skelly with Monkeys ofrenda display for Duncan Woods Park trunk show

Trunk show coming up in October

I and my skellies will be at “A Walk in the Woods,” pop-up art show in Grand Haven on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Rain date is Sunday, October 17.

This is going to be a fun show! I will bring all my skeleton prints, cards and stickers, plus one original (see below) and I hope to see a lot of people coming out to browse the trunks.

Frida Skelly with Monkeys all dressed up for the show!

I spent a morning figuring out how to use my Ford Focus to best advantage for this show. I especially loved making an ofrenda for Frida Skelly using some battery operated candles and lights under the hatchback. I wonder what kind of foods she might like? Bonbons, of course! I plan to add some more things to her altar to make a fitting tribute to her life and work.

Bonus! I will be giving away a Frida Skelly with Monkeys print at the show to some lucky person who fills out an entry for the drawing. I will also be drawing a random name from my subscriber list for the same prize, so keep an eye on your inbox for an announcement of the winners.

The show will go from 1 until 4 pm, and there will be lots of other artists participating, so please come if you can and show your support! Here’s some more info about Duncan Woods Park.

UPDATE

What a great time! I met a lot of new skelly art fans and sold some stuff! Also, congratulations to Kylee on winning the Frida Skelly with Monkeys print that was on display. Check your email Kylee! Plus, if you’re already a subscriber to my email list you may have won the exact same signed print, so look in your inbox for an email from me.

Thanks everyone for supporting me and my art! You’re the best.


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