Marion Art Center kicks off Winter Members’ Show

Jan 14, 2024

MARION – Anita Poyant’s dock on Sassaquin Pond in New Bedford was being covered in litter by visitors. So Poyant put a pot of flowers on it. With the flowers there, the litter decreased, she said.

Poyant painted the scene — the flowers sitting by the pond — and wrote a poem from the perspective of the dock. 

“That’s what I look at every morning, so it’s special to me,” Poyant said.

The oil painting and the poem, “If My Dock Could Talk,” can be seen at the Marion Art Center as part of its Winter Members’ Show, among more than a hundred other pieces. 

The center hosted an opening reception for the members’ show on Saturday, Jan. 13, where attendees and members strolled through two floors of art. 

Artists in the members’ show span from professionals to those who have just taken their first art classes, according to executive assistant Heather Corrigan. Within the last few years, the range of mediums and scope of the art has expanded, she said. 

“There’s been a lot of new blood coming to the area,” Corrigan said.

Mattapoisett resident Karen J. Covey’s “Skipping Stones” represents the growing range of mediums seen at the show. “Skipping Stones” is a hand-stitched work, created with vintage, antique linen.

“It's an abstract representation of standing at the beach, just skipping stones,” Covey said. “Just a flashback to simple childhood pleasures kind of thing,” 

For Covey, the hardest part of her art is curating and sourcing the vintage materials she uses.

“I like turning old pieces into new stories, into modern pieces of art,” she said.

Photography also dots the walls of the winter member’s show, like a panoramic picture taken by Susan Meadows and printed on metallic paper. The unedited photo captures the sun and clouds billowing over the water of a cove in Fairhaven, where Meadows lives. 

Meadows said she goes every morning to see the dawn at the beach.

“This one just struck me,” she said.

Meadows’ husband, Michael Matheron, also has photographs in the show, like one of three similar ships sitting side-by-side in New Bedford waters.

“That really struck me because it's so symmetrical,” Matheron said.

The winter members’ show at the Marion Art Center runs until Feb. 23. The center hosts a members’ show twice a year, in winter and in summer.