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River Return, Altenburg and Co., Braidwood

River Return, Altenburg and Co.

10 to 31 March 2019

The exhibition is one of the many events forming part of the 2019 Bi-Annual Braidwood Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism.

The Shoalhaven river serves the rural districts and is the main water supply for Braidwood

Township. It also forms part of the greater Sydney water catchment. Water, the lifeblood for all living beings has come sharply into focus during the current drought, extreme weather events and changing climate patterns. This is a group show by locally-based artists who have been working together en plein air on the Shoalhaven River and surrounds for the previous 12 months.

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River Return, Altenburg and Co.

10 to 31 March 2019

The exhibition is one of the many events forming part of the 2019 Bi-Annual Braidwood Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism.

The Shoalhaven river serves the rural districts and is the main water supply for Braidwood

Township. It also forms part of the greater Sydney water catchment. Water, the lifeblood for all living beings has come sharply into focus during the current drought, extreme weather events and changing climate patterns. This is a group show by locally-based artists who have been working together en plein air on the Shoalhaven River and surrounds for the previous 12 months.

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Marianne Courtenay 'Ancient Harvest II'

‘Continuum’ Griffith Regional Gallery


Griffith Regional Gallery : 13 July to 11 August 2019

Orange Regional Gallery : 4 May to 9 June 2018

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery : 17 November to 13 December 2017

Marianne Courtenay 'Ancient Harvest II'

The Southern Tablelands between Sydney and Goulburn has always attracted artists and this was the starting point for this exhibition of contemporary prints by the 25 members of the Southern Highlands printmakers. Participants each chose an artist, ranging from pre-colonial times to the recent past, who had connections to the Southern Highlands area. The brief was loose: to create a print work inspired by some aspect of the life or work of the chosen artist. Artists included painters, sculptors, potters and photographers.

The exhibition had funding support through the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery where it was first exhibited in November 2017. It travelled to the Orange Regional Gallery in June 2019 and then in July to the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. It is accompanied by a catalogue with an excellent critical essay by Dr Anne Sanders.

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Canberra’s Public Art Biennial


Contour 556
October 5 – October 28 2018

Marianne and  Canberra-based artist Bev Hogg collaborated again for Contour 556 this time shifting their focus from making work from organic gathered and found materials to a work made from plastic waste highlighting the harm such materials cause to nature and the environment.

Food for Thought up-ends the Adam and Eve storey of temptation and the Fall of Mankind. Here the human figures, already enmeshed in the waste of consumer society tempt the natural world – the serpent, with ‘food’ from the modern world with all its negative implications.

Plastic waste collected from around the lake was incorporated into the work along with household waste and additional plastic from food outlets, supermarkets and building supply retailers.  The work is installed beside the lake at the eastern end of Bowen Park.

Contour 556 2018 follows on the success of the inaugural event in 2016.  It has grown to include work by over 60 local, national and international artists who, in the words of its initiator and curator Neil Hobbs, were ‘chosen for their ability to engage with the physical, cultural and historic Canberra landscape’.

There is a supporting catalogue and an events program listing the full program of what’s on throughout the month.  A good place to start a tour of the works is at the information centre at ‘East Space’ Gallery, Commonwealth Place – just below and to the east of the National Library on the lakeside walk. There is also a website at

Above:  Marianne Courtenay and Bev Hogg – ‘Food for Thought ‘ – (detail)  2018
Below: Marianne Courtenay and Bev Hogg – ‘Food for Thought’  2018 Figures: life-size, recycled plastic waste on wire armature; Serpent: woven and plated plastic waste, head on wire and waste polystyrene armature. 8 meters long. 2018 






Wind Song - Kangaroo Grass


September 15 – October 14  2018

The use of etching presses to reproduce text and images goes back to the 15th century when German blacksmith and goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg developed the first ‘modern’ printing press.  And since then presses have been an integral part of most intaglio and many relief print techniques.

In the mid 1980’s drawing on input from numerous practitioners including his wife Margaret, the late John Winch and master printmaker Michael Kempson, Richard Swinbourne brought his engineering expertise and skills to the manufacture of a modern etching press capable of producing prints of the highest quality.  The result was ‘The Etching Press Company’ and the production of a limited line of beautifully crafted presses highly valued by those fortunate enough to work with them.  Tragically, Richard died just as his presses were becoming more widely known.

This exhibition curated by Sydney-based printmaker Bernhardine Mueller brings together prints by 13 artists all of whom have worked on etching presses made by Richard Swinbourne.  It celebrates Richard’s contribution to contemporary printmaking as well as showcasing the range and diversity of contemporary hand-pulled prints. In Bernadine’s words, “the narrative that runs through the show highlights the importance of makers of tools working in unison with the artist-printmaker”.

Exhibiting artists:

Charlotte Blessing, John Caldwell, Sita Cooray, Marianne Courtenay, Michael Kempson, Bernhardine Mueller, Margaret Swinbourne, Jess Winch, John Winch (dec.), Madeleine Winch, Lynn Winters, Michael Winters, Tim Winters.

Above:  Marianne Courtenay – ‘Wind Song’ – (detail)  2018
Below: Marianne Courtenay – ‘Wind Song, triptych – multi-plate hand-coloured woodblock, 54 x 162 cm 




Ancient Harvest - detail


November 17 – December 13  2017

The Southern Tablelands between Sydney and Goulburn has always attracted artists and this was the starting point for a terrific exhibition of contemporary prints by the 25 members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers opened by Dr Anne Sanders at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on Friday 17th November. Each participant chose an artist from a list of over 30 (now deceased) artists ranging from colonial times to the recent past, who had connections to the Southern Highlands area. The brief was loose: to create a print work inspired by some aspect of the life or work of the chosen artist.  Artists included painters, sculptors, potters, and photographers.

Some of the printmakers  have responded to the broad body of the chosen artist’s works. Linda Bottari, for example, has two sensitive print interpretations of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s ceramics.  Some have focused on a particular aspect of an artist’s work as in Alan Purdom’s large scale piece  inspired by Ralph Balson’s colour palette.  Others have been inspired by subject matter. Lucia Parrella’s triptych, for example, extends the themes in Arthur Boyd’s set of collagraphs based on an Indonesian myth of a boy eaten by a volcano.  It weaves links between this and wider preoccupations of Boyd’s in a work that in Parrella’s words ‘also reaches back to classical mythology… to speak of metamorphosis, calamity and the precariousness of our life on earth’.  Hanna Quinlivan has made a three dimensional piece inspired by a detail in a particular painting by Grace Cossington Smith – a solitary dead gum tree that for Quinlivan resonates with a similar ‘stag tree’ near her studio. Her response is a delicate interpretation of the tree’s ageing heart-wood folding its history in on itself.

The assemblages of Rosalie Gascoigne were the starting point for my piece in the exhibition.  It was not a difficult choice as I love her work.  Ancient Harvest uses two compositional strategies that Gascoigne often employed – a grid and repetition.  The subject, Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) was husbanded by Aboriginal people in pre-colonial times across the country that was the inspiration and source for so much of Gascoigne’s work while a number of her assemblages reference or incorporate dried grasses. The work is made up of 48 pieces of dyed paper overlaid with woodblock printing.  Two reduction plates were used to make the complete print which was then finished with the addition of hand colouring.

The work in the exhibition is very diverse and presenting it to best advantage was a challenge but the gallery’s new curator, Andre De Borde, has done a wonderful job.  There is also an accompanying catalogue with an excellent introductory essay by Anne Sanders.  The show will travel in 2019 to Griffith and Orange Regional Galleries

Above:  Marianne Courtenay – ‘Ancient Harvest- detail’  
Below: Marianne Courtenay – ‘Ancient Harvest’ – – dyed paper, reduction woodblock, pencil  105 x 105 cm  Unique State  2017



3rd February  – 19th March  2017

Fran and I have responded in very different ways to the Main Street subject of this exhibition. My work consists of small 3D studies of some of Braidwood’s old heritage buildings while Fran has a series of ink and wash drawings of contemporary life in the street,  some painted wooden panels and a set of robust works depicting a very different but prominent feature of Braidwood’s main street – the great trucks that thunder through the town!

The 3D drawn studies are quite a departure from my usual work but share an interest in form and the details that make things distinctive.  They are my interpretations of the buildings not scale models.  I have omitted details that for me didn’t add to the character of the building or detracted from the overall form and I chose for harmony and cohesion to work with a natural palette that doesn’t relate directly to specific colour schemes or finishes.

Each work is built around a recycled timber core cut to size.  The verandas and facades are mainly made of balsa assembled and then attached to the core.  The surfaces are drawn with colour pencil on fine art paper, cut to fit, sealed and then glued in place.

In making these small works I have grown much more fond of the old buildings than I had been when I started the project. The process forced me to really look at them – work with them in a sense – and understand how they have become what they are today – the additions, modifications, impacts associated with changes in use and the effects of the passage of time.  I see them now not just as buildings but as a vital part of what connects me to the history and stories of the place I call home.

The exhibition is open until mid March so if you’re in the area do check it out.  Altenburg and Co is open from 10am to 4pm Thursday through to Saturday.

Above:  Marianne Courtenay – ‘Len Mutton’s’  3D drawn study. – wood, paper, colour pencil, gouache, wire. 10cm high x 11cm wide x 2.5cm deep.

View the sculptures here

Installation of 'Growing Ground'



21st October – 13th November  2016

Today Bev and I installed our sculpture Growing Ground in Bowen Park, Canberra, beside Lake Burley Griffin. It looks beautiful.  We hadn’t realised that the wind would make the grass sway and ripple and so to our delight the piece has a quite ‘alive’ feel to it!  Now let’s see how long it survives – but today at least the weather was with us – warmer than it has been, sunny, and with no more than a strong breeze blowing in across the lake.

For help with this installation our very special thanks to Robert Crombie.  Robert made what could have been a complicated exercise flow smoothly – with his help it was indeed ‘a picnic in the park’!  Thanks also to Bruce and Brigitte Edwards who let us pick Kangaroo Grass on their property and ensured that the paddock was stock free until we’d finished; and to good neighbours Anne Sanders and John Walker who shared their garage all winter with over 70 bunches of drying grass that wouldn’t fit in Marianne’s Braidwood studio.   And finally congratulations to Neil Hobbs, the organiser of Contour 556.  Neil’s energy and drive are well known but this time he has really pulled out all stops.  The Festival now has an amazing list of supporters and sponsors as well as a wonderful lineup of artists and performers. We hope it will become an annual event and a dynamic contributor to the Canberra Arts Scene.


For more information on the Festival, artists and works check out Contour556 on Facebook

Above: Bev Hogg and Marianne Courtenay with Growing Ground at Bowen Park, Canberra
Below: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg Growing Ground – approx. 370cm x 370cm x 64cm, wood, grass and wire.

Courtenay & Hogg - Growing Ground 370cm square x 65cm H


21st October – 13th November  2016

Bev Hogg and I have just finished making the components for our sculpture installation Growing Ground to be installed as part of Contour 556, the new Public Art Festival opening next weekend in Canberra.   The Festival will feature sculptures and installations by over 40 local and international artists as well as performances, sound installations, music and digital works. Sculptures and installations will be ranged along the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore from the National Library to the Kingston Arts Precinct.  Our work will be in Bowen Park – where the swans are – about half way along the walk.

Artists and performers have been asked to respond to one or more aspects of human interaction with the landscape of the site over the past 50,000 years.  For us there were also administrative considerations associated with security for the work.  So we decided to make an ephemeral piece – putting back the native grass that was once such a feature of the land before the lake was made. And also referencing the grids and plantings of early european farming practices. In late summer we gathered armfuls of Kangaroo Grass (Themeda Ternata) and hung it up in bunches to dry.  The Kangaroo Grass forms the basis of our completed work together with weathered strips of timber.

It will be an interesting 3 weeks.  It’s been a wet spring to date and predicted to continue that way … and our site has an automatic watering system that comes on at night.  So our grassy patch will need to survive both artificial watering and the vagaries of nature – rain, wind, heat and cold together with the possible depredations of the local bird life – cockatoos and swans included (the grass could make excellent nesting material). And then there’s the public. It will certainly not survive children with footballs or people picking the grass!  Part of the work may well be watching it slowly disintegrate over the three weeks.  Understandably it is not for sale!

So watch this space – or better still, take a walk along the lake’s edge and see it for yourself plus all the other work.

For more information on the Festival, artists and works check out Contour556 on Facebook

Above: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg ‘Growing Ground’ (detail) 370cm square x 65cm high
Below: Kangaroo Grass drying in the studio.

Courtenay & Hogg - Growing Ground (detail)


‘Exchange’ Print Exhibition – Canberra

Exchange: Celebrating 21 years of the Southern Highlands Printmakers
26th September – 17th October 2015

If you missed this great show at the Sturt Gallery in Mittagong catch it in Canberra at the Megalo Print Studio.  The National Gallery of Australia now holds a set of the ‘Exchange’ portfolio and Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the NGA will open the Megalo Exhibition on Thursday evening 1st October at 6pm.

Above image: detail – Marianne Courtenay, Blue Gums ll – woodcut, 28cm x 22cm, 2015

exchange megalo invitation

Print Exhibition – Sturt Gallery, Mittagong

Exchange: Celebrating 21 years of the Southern Highlands Printmakers
26th July – 20th September 2015

Marianne and other members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers have a major exhibition at Sturt Gallery.  The works, all to an greed size, comprise a suite of exchange prints and two additional prints per member further elaborating on the themes of the initial pieces. Twenty six artists, 78 works!  To be opened by Alison Alder, Head of Printmedia and Drawing, ANU School of Art on Sunday 26th July, 2015.  Well worth a trip to Mittagong!

  Above image: detail – Marianne Courtenay, Blue Gums lll – monotype, 28cm x 22cm, 2015

View the Exhibition page here.

Artisans in the Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens

Artisans in the Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 October 2014

Marianne and Bev Hogg are showing one of their collaborative sculptures ‘Groundwork III’ in the Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The gardens are at their most beautiful in high spring right now so it’s a great chance to see both the exhibition works and the gardens.

View the Exhibition page here.

Above image: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg  Groundwork lll    Eucalyptus sticks, sand, water and clay  2013

Vario Print Exchange


On the 4th April, Vario the print exchange between members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, Impress Printmakers in Brisbane, Virtually 6 (Cardiff, UK) and the Hawaiian Print Group opened in the new Impress Gallery at the Impress Printmakers’ new workspace in the old Kedron Sub-station in Brisbane.

Marianne, as President of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, the group that initiated the exchange, gave a brief overview of the project acknowledging in particular the pivotal roles of fellow SHP member Tony Ameneiro and Angela Gardner current president of Impress. This was the 6th time the portfolio has been exhibited and marked a coming home for the Impress Group who have been working for quite some time to set up a working space of their own – and what a space it is – fully equipped as a print workshop and gallery.

The opening was not without new building glitches and at one stage looked as if it might set the record for the first print by candlelight exhibition as the power failed and proceedings got underway courtesy of emergency torches.  But the emergency electricians did their thing and the lights came on showing the works to great effect.  An excellent crowd enjoyed the exhibition and the new location.

Full sets of the Vario exchange are now held in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and the National Museum of Wales and at the opening Angela was delighted to be able to announce that their full set will now join the collection of the Rockhampton Regional Gallery in North Queensland.   And finally a special thank you to Gwenn Tasker and her husband, Angela Garner and John Doyle for the warm hospitality Sandra Shrubb, The SHP’s Secretary, and Marianne received  while they were in Brisbane.

Check out Impress Printmakers news including upcoming exhibitions and workshops at

Arthur's River


Art for Mart’ a group exhibition and tribute to the late Martin Sharp at South Hill Gallery, Goulburn has been such a success that it has been extended until Sunday 20th April. There is a wealth of wonderful work in this show and well worth a drive in the country to see!

South Hill Gallery
3 Garroorigang Rd, Goulburn NSW

Art For Mart invitation

Groundwork l - Marianne Courtenay & Kathryn Orton

Sculpture at Sawmillers

Collaborative Sculpture by Marianne Courtenay and Bev Hogg

The sculptural piece ‘Groundwork lll’ has been selected as a finalist in this years Sawmillers Sculpture Prize at McMahons Point, North Sydney.

The exhibition which brings together the work of more than 70 sculptors will be opened Saturday, 8th March at 3.30 by the NSW Govenor, Marie Bashir, and will be open to the public each day until Sunday 16th March.

Above image: Marianne Courtenay & Bev Hogg  Groundwork lll   Eucalyptus sticks, gravel, clay and water  2013


Sawmillers Invitation
Gallery Altenburg

Print Exhibition @ Altenburg and Co. Braidwood

Print Exhibition @ Altenburg and Co. Braidwood

Innovation and Tradition – artworks using print techniques at Altenburg & Co in Braidwood

8th October – 1st December 2013

Some of Marianne Courtenay and Kathryn Orton’s collaborative prints from their series ‘The Tree in Changing Light‘ are on show at the Altenburg and Co. gallery in Braidwood as part of a special print exhibition, ‘Innovation and Tradition‘ curated by Fran Ifould.

The exhibition showcases the work of an impressive line up of artists working with print media, from internationally recognised printmakers to newly emerging artists. There are works by Alison Alder, Marianne Courtenay, Cecile Galiazzo, Basil Hall, Lizzie Hall, Fran Ifould, Liz Jeneid, Ian Marr, Kathryn Orton, Milan Pintos-Lopez, Rose Rickson and Rose Townsend. Cheryl Hannah, owner and director of Hannah-Fyre Gallery opened the show and spoke with passion of her own journey as a print collector, the important place of prints and printmaking in fine arts practice and the diversity and high quality of the work on exhibition. If you are interested in prints and works on paper this is a ‘must see’ show – and it’s on until the 1st December!

View the Exhibition page here.

Print Exhibition at Altenburg

Groundwork at Lambrigg

Sculpture in the Garden, Canberra

Sculpture in the Garden, Canberra

What a perfect combination – sunny days, exciting artwork and a beautiful garden! Held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th October, Sculpture in the Garden in the beautiful rural setting of the historic Lambrigg homestead on Canberra’s outskirts was Open Gardens Australia’s inaugural sculpture event and part of wider celebrations for Canberra’s centenary year.

In the words of the catalogue:

“This unique regional event … showcase(d) the works of major local, national and internationally recognised artists in a setting that connects the early history of the Limestone Plains with a spectacular natural landscape.  Mature deciduous trees sweep down towards the Murrumbidgee, framing a garden that blends intimate formal spaces with wider views and creating a superb setting for sculpture”

Marianne and  Canberra-based ceramic artist Bev Hogg’s showed their collaborative sculpture ‘Groundwork 1′ – an organic construction of tightly stacked and cut eucalyptus branches forming a container-like meditative work.   Both Marianne and Bev also had individual smaller works  on exhibition.

Robin Archer, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra and Tamie Fraser, President of open Gardens Australia kicked off proceedings on Thursday evening and over the weekend close to 2,000 people enjoyed the garden and the sculpture.  Our thanks go particularly to Neil Hobbs and Bronwyn Blake for their skill and dedication in organising the event, to the weekend’s hosts, Peter and Kate Gullett owners of Lambrigg and last but not least to all those who not only visited but purchased work.

View the Exhibition page here.

The Tree in Changing Light Exhibition

Project Contemporary ArtSpace Wollongong

Project Contemporary ArtSpace Wollongong Collaborative
prints by Marianne Courtenay & Kathryn Orton

Seek refuge this weekend from politics in a celebration of the natural world. This is the last weekend to catch Marianne and Kathryn Orton’s  beautiful collaborative prints at Project ArtSpace in Wollongong.

This is a terrific space and the work looks wonderful filling the whole gallery.  An excellent crowd turned up for the artists’ talk and the opening by distinguished author Roger McDonald.

Roger spoke with great insight and sensitivity leading us to yet more ways of seeing  ‘The Tree in Changing Light’ and Marianne and Kathy’s work. Thank you Roger.

There are 54 large layered prints – each one unique and incorporating imagery by both artists. A rare opportunity to purchase beautiful contemporary prints at a very competitive price!

Project Art Space

Tree in Changing Light

Project Art Space
255 Keira St Wollongong
PO Box 5349 Wollongong 2520

Open Hours
Wed – Fri 12-6pm
Sat/Sun 11-4pm

Marianne & Kathy

Fair Trade Exhibition, Goulburn

Exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

April 2013

A really excellent show – Fair Trade, an exhibition of collaborative work by ex-TAFE Arts and Media teachers from TAFE Goulburn and Moss Vale campuses was nonetheless tinged with sadness.  When the idea for this exhibition was formed none of us had any idea that all public funding for the courses we taught would be withdrawn. So the exhibition was in a sense a goodbye. I’ll miss the interaction with fellow teachers, and the students, and the close working relationship our programs had with Director Jane Cush and her team at the Gallery.  What a loss all round!

The original idea for the show was for the printmaking teachers on staff – myself, Cecile Galiazzo, Tony Ameneiro, Julie Krone and Kath Orton to collaborate with staff teaching other media to make a portfolio of prints.  But the idea grew and evolved and in the end a much more interesting, varied and stimulating exhibition was produced.

Our numbers fell as some of us had other commitments and withdrew, so we ended up with nine artists working in pairs – Cecile and Andy Townsend, Tony Ameneiro and Kim Shannon, Simon Bowley and Britta Stenmanns, Bev Hogg and myself and also Kathy Orton with myself.

Kathy and I – both printmakers, collaborated on a series of one off images of trees each of us overprinting the other’s work. Canberra-based ceramic artist and sculptor Bev Hogg and I after much discussion ended up going in the opposite direction to the original idea.  Our sculptural piece made of sticks is in one sense a translation of my mandala prints into three dimensions.

I have not really worked collaboratively before but both experiences have been enormously enriching for me and in both cases we plan to do more together. The gallery has produced a lovely little catalogue. Check it out and watch out for more developments!

View the Exhibition page here.

Marianne, Robert & Bev

Marianne, Bev, their sculpture ‘Groundwork’, & Robert Crombie
top: Marianne and Kathy Orton with some of their work at the opening

Aky van Ogtrop opening 'Elements'

Southern Highlands Printmakers Exhibition at Sturt Gallery

Southern Highlands Printmakers Exhibition at Sturt Gallery

Hot on the heels of the Nowra exhibition both Marianne Courtenay and Kathy Orton had work in the Southern Highlands Printmakers’ exhibition, Elements, which was opened on Sunday 10th February at Sturt Gallery by Akky van Ogtrop, President of the Print Council of Australia. I think this was the strongest show the group has had for quite some time.  One of the most interesting things for me was the presence of a number of three dimensional pieces. Sandra Shrubb, Tony Deigan, Slavica Zivkovic, Britta Stenmanns and Jan Hanrahan all had work that showed different ways of taking prints ‘out of the frame’.

They’ll be a review of the show by free lance curator Gillian McCracken in the Winter edition of Imprint, the journal of the Print Council of Australia.  Keep an eye out for it.

View the Exhibition page here.


Exhibition at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre

Exhibition at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Nowra
January 2013

The Shoalhaven from Source to Sea, an exhibition of work by Liz Jeneid and Kathryn Orton and I, opened at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre on 4th January. The work in the show grew out of a project the three of us were involved in as part of the Braidwood based 2011 Two Fires Festival. This involved a group of artists making work inspired by the upper Shoalhaven River and its environs and we got so fired up that we just kept on going and explored the full course of the river down to where it meets the sea near Nowra.

Thanks to Fran Ifould who generously offered to stand in for me and hang my work and to Janie Wood from the three of us for the beautiful invitation.

View the Exhibition page here.

above:  Marianne, Liz Jeneid and Kathryn Orton with gallery director Tracy Glenn