artists will also talk about their work on Sunday, July 14

One-weekend exhibit “3 Women In The Abstract” opens with reception July 12

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    CUSHING — “3 Women In The Abstract” features the recent work by Erika Manning, Marli Thibodeau and Wendy Clayton; three contemporary fine art painters who will show at Arts In The Barn/ Cushing Historical Society at 17 Hathorne Point Road in Cushing.

    Opening Celebration is Friday, July 12, from 4 - 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

    The hours on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the show is only up for the weekend.

    The three women approach their canvases in vastly different ways.

    Wendy Clayton works with color and texture to evoke past experiences and loves the feeling of “building” paintings. She studied at Mass Art, Portland College of Art and the Paris American Academy in France. She is a Feng Shui practitioner whose work is steeped in experience in graphic arts, design and the fashion industry.

    Erika Manning’s work is about the interior and exterior landscapes she travels, and loosely references ocean, rock, seaweed, fog, stars, and trees, as well as the in between places where water meets land and the built environment. She is interested in maritime charts and topographical maps, and much of her work gives the sense of being done from an aerial perspective. While she works toward a finished image, the beauty for her is in the the process of creating, which she sees as a spiritual practice of self-discovery.

    Marli Thibodeau explores how movement reveals our inner state, a reflection of the interior world in both painting and dance. She has discovered through un-choreographed visual and movement art that we can deepen and enrich the experience we have of ourselves and each other. Using non- objective language she creates rich visual movements of color on the canvas.

    All three artists use their vast experience in the arts to bring forth subtle emotion, contemplation, and exploration.

    “The results are just beautiful paintings that elicit positive response,” said Arts in the Barn, in a news release.

    The show will be open Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    The artists will talk about their work on Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to noon, and again from 2 to 3 p.m.


    Arts in the Barn/Cushing Historical Society is located at 17 Hathorne Point Road in beautiful Cushing, Maine, just a mile before the Olson House of Wyeth fame. The Cushing Historical Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, supporting and educating about our cultural heritage and highlighting persons of interest in our community. For more information, please visit: or visit the Cushing Historical Society’s website:

    Event Date: 

    Fri, 07/12/2024 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Arts In The Barn


    17 Hathorne Point Road
    Cushing, ME 04563
    United States