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Creative Spirit opens ‘Shadow’ exhibit – Marblehead Reporter

Posted Oct 3, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Creative Spirit opened its latest group exhibit, “Shadow” with a reception Saturday night. Peyton Pugmire, the gallery’s founder, shared his own ideas about the show’s theme in an interview during the reception. He said when people confront their shadows, or dark sides, they may be able to empower themselves.

“To me, on a human level, our genius is in our shadows,” he said.

The exhibit features work by Kathryn Bartholomew (Somerville), Lynn Bradovchak (Marblehead), Josie Bray (Boston), Michelle Brown (Marblehead), Maureen Cotton (Beverly), Jacqueline DeNisco (Medford), Rob Festa (Chelsea), Amy Gray (Marblehead), Margaret Herrick (Marblehead), June Jordan (Randolph), Emily Kwong (Peabody), Karen Matthews (Rockport), Ginny O’Brien (Marblehead), Ron Pruett (Beverly Farms), Emily Smith (Brighton), Melissa Tavares (Boston) and Nicole Werth (Lynn).

DeNisco, the youngest exhibitor at age 17, talked on her charcoal drawing “Enclosed in the Folds,” which she created in studio art class at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro. Her teacher pinned up a cloth as a subject for the students to draw and then directed them to cover their whole paper in charcoal and carve out the image with an eraser.

DeNisco said the most difficult part was the shading and “trying to find all the nooks and crannies.”


The Medford resident said she is not sure if she will be studying art in college, but she knows it will continue to be a part of her life.

“Art is definitely going to stick with me as a hobby,” DeNisco said.

“Shadow” will be exhibiting through Nov. 18. The exhibit was curated by Peyton Pugmire and Evmorphia Stratis. Learn more at www.creativespiritma.org. Creative Spirit is located at 80 Washington St., Marblehead.

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