WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library, in Washington, will exhibit “Family Tree” between November 3 and December 31, 2022.
There will be an artist reception Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 - 4 p.m. Meet the artist, who will give a short talk at 2:30 p.m. about the stories behind the paintings.
Family Tree explores themes of place and personality. These oil paintings, created over the last year, started with old family photos of Armenian Genocide survivors and new photos of Maine locations where I like to hike. I think of myself as an expressionistic painter and work in an intuitive way combining real and imagined imagery.
The triptych “On the Roof” features portraits of my Grandmother, Great-Aunt and their maternal Aunt in Cuba in 1929. They were Armenian refugees recently arrived from central Turkey. After 10+ years of witnessing and surviving the brutal Genocide, they had arrived at a place of relative safety, Cuba, a small island halfway around the world. I tried to capture their variety of emotions at such momentous life changes.
McGuirl is a lifelong artist. She has been creating in Maine over the last 40 years. McGuirl attended art school, which saved her life, moved to Maine, which saved her soul, and pursued a career as a functional hand weaver. A series of intense dreams about her ancestors lead McGuirl to seek a more narrative mode of expression which manifested as printmaking, book arts and oil painting.
Recent exhibits include a solo show, Old Maid, at the Hedgerow Gallery in Tenants Harbor; and Unspoken Word, a group exhibit by Midcoast Maine Book Arts at the Blue Hill Library in Blue Hill.
In the winter of 2020, McGuirl’s piece Old Maid was featured in the Union of Maine Visual Artists Journal. She teaches book arts and marbling at various locations and at her studio in Thomaston.
Library hours for art viewings:
Mon: 4 pm – 7 pm
Tues: 9 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm
Wed: 3 pm – 6 pm
Thu: 3 pm – 6 pm
Sat: 9 am – 12 pm