Mary Ahern brings her award-winning style of floral and garden inspired art to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum from May 17 through June 17, 2018. Three galleries of her floral portraits will be on display at the historic Manor House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River NY. The galleries are open on Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am until 4 pm.
Mary Ahern, known for her brilliant floral and garden paintings will be showing her latest large-scale flower portraits. As a passionate gardener who is inspired by the gardens she designed and tends surrounding her own studio, these flowers represent to her a microcosm of the universe. The large scale of these individual portraits asks questions beyond the canvas.
What is the purpose for such magnificence in nature? What is the reason for such color, such form, such diversity? What is their relationship to the communities in which they belong, their relationships with other plants and species that sustain them, invade them and nourish them. What of their lifecycle of birth, growth, senescence and rebirth? As humans, what can we learn from their seemingly simple existence?
Initially we see with our eyes. We name it, identify it and classify it. But we also have a duality of vision which allows us to contemplate with an inner vision. This art invites both the external and internal views.
In conjunction with her month long art exhibition, Mary Ahern will discuss how flowers represent a microcosm of the universe in their cycles of living and loving, families and relationships as well as their quest for survival and eventual senescence and rebirth.
Mary’s immersive and personal experience with the flowers in her garden and studio caused her to reflect on the importance – both visually and emotionally – of what these living subjects mean to her. In her talk, she will share that meaning in hopes that audience members will contemplate, along with her a greater appreciation of the natural wonder of the world surrounding them. With a duality of external and internal vision, Ahern invites viewers to see the beauty and intricacy of flowers in her oversized paintings.
In their boldness, she suggests a contemplation of their relevance and ours in the social order of our universe. Mary has degrees in painting and ornamental horticulture with a specialty in landscape design. She received a certificate in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens.
Artist lecture on Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 2PM
American Rhododendron Society – NY Chapter
Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay NY 11771
Mary Ahern, a former board member of the NY ARS will present “From the Garden to the Wall”, a program which describes the process of creating Art, whether in a painting on canvas or as a garden and planting design.
As an Artist with a degree in Fine Art with a focus on Painting, one in Ornamental Horticulture with a specialty in Landscape Design and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens, Mary brings decades of experience to her field.
Mary’s paintings reflect her passion for gardens. The colors, the textures, the lighting and the pathways tell stories of personal creative visions. She is inspired by her own extensive woodland garden in Northport as well as the many public and private gardens around Long Island.
The focus of my talk will be on the design concepts and details that go into planning a garden or creating a painting. There are so many creative similarities used in the creative process and in the design of a pleasing experience to the mind and to the eyes in these disparate mediums.
Please join me in exploring the creative mind at work!
Art will be featured in the main house as well as an outdoor gallery space with plein air painters. Walk the charming garden path and visit the rustic guest cottage for more visual delights.
Savor the Northport summer just a little bit longer, browsing beautiful local art and enjoying the sunset from this amazing Eaton’s Neck home. This lovely 3 acre property is perched on a bluff overlooking stunning Northport Bay to the Long Island Sound.
For add’l info: Call Mary Ahern-631-757-9459
or The Firefly Art Gallery, 180 Main St. Northport Village. 631-651-5545
A Fine Art Exhibition by
May 28 – July 17, 2016
Opening Reception Sunday, June 12 from 1 – 4 PM
Refreshments will be served.
The gallery is open Thursdays Through Sunday’s
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739
The Hidden Oak Cafe is located inside the Manor House, offering a varied menu of freshly prepared foods including sandwiches, quiche, soups, pies and other desserts. Take advantage of with their indoor or outdoor seating.
Make a day of it, roam this world class Arboretum, view Art and stay for lunch.
For years I’ve participated in the Northport Arts Coalition Art in the Park summer time event. This annual event features Music, Dance, Poetry and over 30 Artists and Artisans showing and selling their creative work.
Sponsored by the Northport Arts Coalition this event is one of the featured cultural events of the summer season. Held in the picturesque town of Northport in the Village Green at the foot of Main Street by the harbor.
During the year you can call for a private studio tour to see and discuss my work.
An exhibit of photos, paintings and illustrations featuring LI landmarks both popular and personal. Exploring what the word “landmark” means to each of the chosen Artists. The show features work from all over Long island.
This show has been curated by the former Chief Curator at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Franklin Hill Perrell and his business partner, Debbie Wells. Together they are Co-Founders of The Artful Circle where they are deeply immersed in the current Art Scene, running gallery tours in NYC & the Hamptons while supporting a myriad of needs of the Arts community from marketing, lectures, curating and more.
An Art Show inspired by the Instagram hashtag #MyLongIslandLandmarks. Included are stand-out submissions to their hashtag invitation as well as selected works by local artists who use Long Island as their subject.
161 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Open Thursdays through Sundays 12-4PM
June 9th to November 20th, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 5, 2016
$5 suggested admission
“Northport Harbor” 24×36″ Gallery Wrapped. Mixed Media Canvas.
This is my statement of what this Landmark means to me which will be presented along with my Mixed Media Painting at the Long Island Landmarks show.
“Northport was a destination for me for the many years I was a single parent, raising my sons, hoping for that idyllic life the town visually offers. I worked hard and saved for that dream, finally buying my own home in my favorite town. And then a surprise happened. I met Dave, he loved what I loved. Twenty years ago we married with great joy, with a summer sunset across the water, surrounded by boats, friends and family and as we like to say, we took the plunge at the end of the dock in Northport Harbor.”