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"Anne Lyman Powers: By the Shore Reception"
2007-05-17 until 2007-07-03
Childs Gallery
Boston, MA, USA United States of America

Anne Powers’ coastal scenes capture the appreciation only a New England native could have for the region. Anne Lyman Powers was born and raised in Boston, where she began painting at the age of sixteen and went on to create an impressive body of work. Her art is meant to reflect her home, her family, her work, and travels along the coasts of New England. This exhibition showcases Powers’ realist style, noteable both in its composition and use of color. Focusing on her landscapes and seascapes, one can see that she has never limited herself when it comes to composition, color relationships, and texture. Always eager to capture the beauty of the New England landscape she makes herself available to any scene that she comes upon. Powers herself proclaims “I’ll paint anything, any time, anywhere”. The spirit and vitality of her work is not only representative of the enthusiasm this artist has for the region, but for art as well.

Working in numerous media she frequently explores new and interesting depictions of everyday scenes often taken for granted. The familiar angles of bridges and beach shacks are changed into accomplished studies of color and line. Be it a flock of seagulls in flight, fog suspended over the water, or a technicolor sunset, she manages to effortlessly create beautiful snapshots of local life.

Her passion for the arts led her to study under a number of artists both privately and in a school setting. She was educated at the Winsor School and then received a degree in English at Vassar College. While at Vassar, she studied sculpture and history of art and also took a summer course in sculpture at Columbia University with Hugo Robus. After World War II, she studied drawing, painting and graphics at the Boston Museum School; her instructors included Karl Zerbe and Ture Bengtz. During her last year (1948) at the Boston Museum School, she was one of three students selected to help instruct a painting class. In 1949, she was given the opportunity to instruct at Wellesley College and simultaneously taught privately at home.

Her work is represented in numerous collections including the Boston Public Library; The Andover Companies; Harvard Trust Company; Firestone Library, Princeton University; Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame; and The Boston Globe.

Anne Powers continues to work from the art studio in her home in Wellesley, MA.

Anne Lyman Powers
Before the Wind [Off the Coast of Cape Ann]

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