Francine Brady is the featured Blanche Ames Gallery artist for the month of April. Her one-woman show opens on Sunday, April 2 with an artist talk and reception on April 9th, from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and runs through April 27. The Blanche Ames Gallery is located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick. Please call 301-473-7680 to visit the gallery at times other than the opening reception.
Francine Brady's figurative acrylic imagery is narrative and symbolic as can be seen in her creations on canvas and paper. She prefers to keep an air of mystery in her paintings, allowing viewers to form their own conclusions about the stories behind the art.
Francine's process allows her subconscious to do the initial work. She starts without knowing what is going to appear. Emerging images suggest the way to add more paint, pencil or other mediums. Suggestions and accidents often help the process and enrich the work. Francine then consciously adds color or other elements and works on the painting until the "Aha Moment" when the piece is finished, sometimes taking months.
Francine majored in art at Hunter College in New York City during the 1960's when the Abstract Expressionist movement was going strong. She did postgraduate work at CW Post on Long Island, and after moving to Baltimore, took courses at Maryland Institute College of Art. A resident of Frederick since 1999, Francine continues to make art, now mostly drawings and acrylic paintings.