New England and Venezuela Inspire Haverhill Artist

"Fall Woods" by Ana Smyth of Haverhill, MA. 

HAVERHILL, MA — Haverhill artist Ana Smyth, whose work is inspired by the New England landscape and architecture, will exhibit her work at Northern Essex Community College from September 9 through October 4.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be displayed in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott Street, during library hours, which are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An artist’s reception will be held Thurs., September 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the ArtSpace.

A native of Venezuela, Smyth says, her art is a “medley” of her love for classic New England and the tropical colors of her native country.

“When creating (art), I try to reflect and capture the vibrant colors and light with dancing strokes that pays homage to my childhood memories in my native Venezuela,” she said. .

The show, she said, gives her an opportunity to present variations of her pieces going from something very still to something more dynamic in terms of color.  She hopes the audience is drawn to look more closely at each individual painting.

“I consider my art, what I call, “modern impressionist, “she said. “I start my painting with a scale of monochromatic colors or with intense purple values to capture light and shadows that will later be layered with bright warm and cool colors. I aim to create an abstract painting with a combination of many strokes; this helps me understand how one color reflects and affects one another. This combination of color strokes eventually creates the dynamic atmosphere that I want to share.”

Smyth attended both The Rhode Island School of Design and The Design Institute of Caracas. She studied under David Lussier, Dennis Perrin, Rafael Polcano, and NECC Art Professor Marc Mannheimer.

She has been the artist-in-residence at the Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover and is creative director and owner of Smyth Graphics. Recently she designed a wine label that was a finalist in the Nouveau wine label contest for George Duboeuf Wines, France.

For more information, please contact Michelle Carter, art & design department chair, at mcarter@necc.mass.edu or Marc Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

The exhibit is sponsored by NECC’s Art & Design program which is part of the liberal arts division. 

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