Marin Open Studios Photo Art Exhibition May 13 and 14

 

When I heard this year that Marin Open Studios was on Mother’s Day Weekend, I couldn’t help but feel even more compelled to participate. Since losing my mom to depression and kidney failure, over 2 years ago, I look for all the little (and big) ways to honor her.

Hosting an open house to showcase my photo art for the community will, in essence be a tribute to my mother, to her spirit and to deeply honor her and her love of art and her life in general.  This is a gift to her (and ultimately to myself) mostly because the art I am doing now and getting out into the world is because my mother, Susan, was an art fanatic and helped me develop an appreciation for art.

After she passed, I ramped up my artistic and creative endeavors for selfish reasons (I love to capture and create) and partly because my mom kept her artistic talent closeted and under wraps and in that particular aspect, I didn’t want to follow in her footsteps.  She had good reason, though, for not following this path– raising two children with debilitating depression was not an easy task.  For most of my mother’s adult life it was more than enough to cope with her day to day tasks and at many times all these tasks left her feeling overwhelmed and at times she ended up hospitalized.  I am in tears as write this not only because I miss her but because of the deep emotional pain which eventually manifested as physical pain, that she endured for so many years.  It breaks my heart consistently when I think of this heavy emotional burden she carried that unfortunately was never alleviated.  But now there is peace which she so desperately wanted.  And fortunately, I feel very lucky that despite all the pain, there are many beautiful, heartfelt and fun memories that live on.

As I share this story, I thank all of you for reading my words and I feel for all the women and men who endure debilitating depression and live with emotional pain. So many family members of those with clinical depression have stories such as this one- my heart reaches out to you.

I am grateful for this opportunity to participate in Marin Open Studios during Mother’s Day Weekend. Thank you mom for your generous spirit and for being such an inspiration. I am blessed to be able to follow my passion and dedicate a good chunk of my life to creating art. I look forward to honoring you during Open Studios Weekend.

Open Studios are all over Marin County during the first two Weekends in May.

For details see:  marinopenstudios.org

and for more of Mary’s work see:  imagesbymaryserphos.com

Mary’s Creative Image Photography will be Exhibited and for Sale the Second Weekend.

Details: Photo Exhibition will be held May 13th and 14th, 2017 at Mary’s Home Studio on 96 Suffield Ave. in San Anselmo, CA (2 blocks from Good Earth in Fairfax)

Mary’s Studio Hours are 11am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Food and Drink will be served and there will be giveaways! With special treats for all on Mother’s day…Children are welcome!

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As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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