Current Exhibition

Mary Jane Ward:


September 1st - October 11th

Artist Opening Reception - Sept 8th: 6:00 - 8:30 PM


      My interest in landscape painting is largely interwoven with my love of being outdoors. Many of the works in this show were painted en plein air (in open air). Drawing and painting en plein air allows me to experience a landscape first hand. The weather, the light, the terrain, the flora, the season, all make an impression I’m inspired to capture as a finished work or as study. My studio paintings are done using these plein air drawings and paintings as references. I also reference classical painters to learn how someone else captured a color, a texture, or the mood of a landscape.

These works are a record of my intimate connection and appreciation for the beauty of the natural environment. They are my way of promoting and sharing a reverence and appreciation for the natural world. Looking back to the Hudson River School of painters and the role these artists played in the formation of the National Parks, I am interested in the role an artist can play in the conservation movement. I’m inspired to follow in their footsteps, and strengthen the relationship between artists and national, state, and municipal parks and preserves.

In that spirit and in keeping with the mission of the Griffin Gallery, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ohio Environmental Council. The mission of the OEC is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

Upcoming Show: 


Lynn Bird and friends

October 13 - November 17

  Artist Opening Reception:  
October 13th:  6:00 – 8:30pm

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