“Morning Moments: the Story behind the exhibit”
Well over a year ago I started preparing for another hometown exhibit, painting images of a variety of subjects in a number of my favorite styles, some detailed and planned; others, loose and spontaneous.
Then 2020 happened. The show went on hold. Life itself went on hold. I continued painting but something different started happening. I found myself drawn to small pockets of time on small pieces of paper, usually in the morning before the noise of the news cycle got in the way and with a fresh abandon, perhaps freed from exhibition expectations. I started thinking of these painting times as “morning moments,” not necessarily because of the time of day but because I was fully awake, alert, and aware of gentle stirrings that seemed to bypass my brain. The small simple paintings became heart-filled responses to an anxious sleepless night, a line of poetry, the song of a bird, or the whisper of the wind. What was common to all was an absence of thinking and planning.
The results of those morning moments are collectively some of the purest and most honest paintings I have ever done — simple, spontaneous, and highly personal. When the opportunity came about recently to revisit an exhibition time at Glass Growers Gallery, I knew that I wanted to share them. My hope, my prayer, is that they will communicate between my heart and your heart and that they will stir something in you and bring you some of the peace they brought me as I painted them.
I am grateful to Debby Vahanian and Glass Growers Gallery for giving me this opportunity to share these paintings with you, to have this “heart to heart” conversation. In my nearly 40 years of painting and exhibiting this may be the most unique exhibit I have ever had. Thank you for joining with me on this journey.
This exhibit is now over.
Marie Spaeder Haas
August 1 – September 8, 2020
Glass Growers Gallery, 10 E. 5th St., Erie PA
gallery hours: 11-3 Tuesday through Saturday; Monday by appointment (814-453-3758)