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Gallery Exhibition: The Joy of the Present Moment: Watercolor Reflections of the Hudson River

Thursday Jun 22, 2017 Monday Jul 31, 2017

Artist's Reception: Sunday, July 16th, 2 - 4 PM

For the month of July, the Library presents The Joy of the Present Moment: Watercolor Reflections of the Hudson River. The exhibition will feature recent watercolor paintings of the Hudson River at different seasons by Maggie Carney. A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, July 16th from 2 - 4 PM.

Artist's Statement by Maggie Carney

I fell in love with drawing and painting as a child; however, as an adult, life became very busy for me as a social worker raising a family, and there seemed to be very little time for art work.

As I got closer to retirement age, I found I was drawing and painting more frequently. I am now retired and I find the more I paint, the more peace and joy I feel.

I began studying A Course in Miracles in January, 2016. My life and my art work have changed significantly as a result of this. More time spent in prayer and meditation has resulted in letting go of fear and self doubt, and opening up to God's Presence within me. It has been and continues to be an amazing process of transformation.

When painting, I focus only on what I am doing in the present moment, and not on the outcome. When I do this, it is called "consecrated action" and it is amazing what happens in ongoing moments and hours of "consecrated action." One feels a Presence, a Peace so profound, there are no words to adequately describe it.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my art with the community and welcome your interest in my work. Hopefully, you will be able to perceive the Presence and Peace I am talking about as you look at my work.

I currently do watercolor landscapes, seascapes, and still life and, occasionally, I combine watercolor with archival ink drawings.

My recent works include two 16 foot murals for the Mental Health Association in Valley Cottage and a 16 foot mural for the Alzheimer's program at Meals-on-Wheels in Nanuet. Previous exhibits include the Orangeburg Library, the Nanuet Library, the West Nyack Library, and the New City Library.

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