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Margaret Huddy & Priya Saraf

March Madness may be in the air, but at the Blanche Ames Gallery the featured March artists, Priya Saraf and Margaret Huddy, calm us with the serenity and the beauty of nature. Their show, One World, Two Visions, will open on March 5 with artists' talks and a reception, 12:30-2:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend this dual show that runs through March 26. Please call 301-473-7680 for gallery hours if planning to visit at times other than the opening.

Priya Saraf grew up in Mumbai, India. Despite living in the midst of clamor in one of the world's most populous cities, she has always been attracted to the serenity of the countryside. It is therefore no surprise that her favorite subjects to paint are landscapes, seascapes and flowers. She passionately follows the modern impressionistic style of painting, using vibrant colors and textures to create a fantasy rather than a realistic picture. Priya was never formally trained in art. Instead she got her bachelors degree in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai and then went to work in IT and insurance companies. Her passion for art was rekindled after moving to the US in 2012, and she has been painting actively every since.

Margaret Huddy AWS, NWS is an award winning landscape painter and teacher. She has taught workshops around the US and Europe. Her work can be found in public and private collections including the Supreme Court of the US, the National Park Service, Carnegie Museum of Art, the US Department of State, US Embassies in Beijing, Botswana and Paraguay. Margaret has authored articles that appeared in The Artist's Magazine and Watercolor Magic. She has illustrated a book of State Flowers for the Credit Union National Association. She is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and Watercolor USA Honor Society. Margaret's perfect day starts with an outdoor perspective from her plein air easel on which she captures the beauty around her for the viewer to share. To be truly perfect, the day must end with an ice cream cone!

Left image - Fall Colors In the Stream by Priya Saraf

Right image - Catoctin View - Early Spring by Margaret Huddy