Marjorie Price’s exhibition of new paintings from The Bathers Series opens April 3 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland, a lovely, historical town outside of Washington D. C..
Having been an avid swimmer and competitive synchronized swimmer — as well as a painter — all her life, Marjorie’s connection to The Bathers Series is an especially personal one. The theme is inspired by her love of the water; the paintings express how the body moves and feels in another element, how once released from the pull of gravity, one feels a sense of freedom and abandon. The sea is never the same; the paintings in the series explore its endlessly changing moods. For a preview of the show, please visit her website.
“Of all the many themes I’ve painted throughout my life, The Bathers Series is perhaps the closest to my heart. I grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan, and water has always been my element,” says Price. “I’m told I swam as a tot even before I could walk. I’m so pleased to have the opportunity of showing the most recent Bathers at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.”
On April 3, at 2:00 PM, just prior to the opening of her show and in connection with the Frederick Reads event, Marjorie will present her recent memoir, A Gift From Brittany (Gotham Books, 2008, Paperback edition, 2009). The book tells about the years she lived in France in the 1960’s and her extraordinary experience of becoming a part of an ancient village in Brittany. There she met an elderly, illiterate peasant woman who lived across the road, and while outwardly the two women had nothing in common, they became close friends and transformed each others’ lives. Marjorie will answer questions and discuss the challenges and advantages of combining the dual careers of writing and painting.