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Marion Griffin;Donna Ferrandino; Donna Yarish; Maryann Pranulis

The Blanche Ames Gallery is proud to feature the paintings of Donna Ferrandino, Marion Griffin, Maryann Pranulis and Donna Yarish during the month of May. A common thread is woven into the experience of these four artists who have taken classes and/or workshops with Ed Ramsburg and Skip Lawrence. This background has moved them to a new level in this art form with a uniqueness among their works as they retain their own personal style. The four women will feature their abstract works in this show consisting of images painted in oils, acrylics,and watercolors.

Donna Ferrandino began painting realistic watercolors, but most recently, has been working on abstract expressionism and semi-realistic paintings in both watercolors and acrylics. Her paintings are about color and shapes. Subjects usually are rendered in an abstract manner with exaggerated shapes and non-realistic colors.

Marion Griffin began her journey with the visual arts after she retired from teaching in the performing arts in 1997. In her formative years she searched for what and who she was as an artist by exploring the world of drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic. Several area art instructors have influenced her paintings and have been instrumental in her search for the artist within.

Maryann Pranulis returned to her first love, art in 2004. She has taken several workshops and studied color theory and chiaroscuro through the San Francisco Art Academy. Her art, which has been exhibited at local and regional shows, focuses on non-figurative representational and abstract paintings in acrylic, watercolor, and pastel.

Donna Yarish attended her first art class in Carroll Community College in January 2007. She has continued taking class since that time. Her instructors have included Sarah Abel DeLucca, Skip Lawrence, Tara Grim and Calvin Ed Ramsburg. Her paintings demonstrate her love of color and her creative nature.

The public is invited to join these four artists, from 12:30 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 1, to be held in the beautiful, light-filled gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, 21703. The exhibit will run from May 5- May 22.Turn off hwy.15-340 at Mount Zion Road exit. Call 301-473-7680 for weekday gallery hours, usually Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:30-4:30, Sun 9 1:30.

Donna Ferrandino