RRUUC supports art as an important component of the life of members, friends, and the broader local community. Art is an expression of the human spirit. Art often touches viewers in a deep and significant way and can provide experience of mystery and wonder, which is one source of insight for Unitarian Universalists.
The Fine Arts Committee organizes art exhibits at RRUUC for the benefit of area artists and the appreciation of those using the Fellowship Hall. Most art at these exhibits is for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to RRUUC. Click here for instructions for artists on how to apply to use our space.
Shorescapes: Maine to Chincoteague
Pastel Paintings by Artist, Jean Hirons, March 29-May 6, 2019
Artist Reception: Sunday, April 14, 1:30-3:30pm
Jean Hirons is a professional pastel painter and teacher and a long-time member of River Road. She began her career as an artist having shows at RRUUC starting in the 1980s and ran the Fine Arts Committee for five years. This is her first show at RRUUC in ten years.
Jean is a native of New England, growing up in the seaside town of Mattapoisett, MA. Thus, she has a special affinity to the area and many of the paintings in this show are from her hometown or neighboring communities. For many years, she visited her mother in June and painted on site and taught workshops. She also loves Maine, where her maternal ancestors once lived. Living in Maryland since 1976, she has also become enamored with the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake and marshy areas, such as Chincoteague. Her specialty is painting buildings in the landscape, and she particularly loves those of New England.
Jean works exclusively in soft pastel. She loves the vibrancy of the colors and the ability to layer. She describes her style of painting as ‘painterly realism’ and considers herself to be a colorist. Sometimes she works from black and white photos, supplying her own color. She uses many brands of pastel and primarily works on sanded surfaces. However, some of the paintings in this show were painted on hand-prepared surfaces using various supports and a liquid primer specially created for pastels. Her paintings are professionally framed with museum glass to avoid glare.
Jean retired from the Library of Congress in 2003 in order to pursue a career in pastel. She was fortunate to be able to teach pastel at Montgomery College from 2005-2012. During this time she wrote her award-winning book Finding Your Style in Pastel. She now maintains a public studio at Artists and Makers Studios 2 in the Twinbrook area of Rockville, where she paints and teaches. She loves to share her enthusiasm for the medium and its capabilities and always welcomes new students. Her classes are taught during the day, but she holds Saturday classes to accommodate those still working.
Jean is a former member of the Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She is also a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Maryland Pastel Society. Her paintings have won many awards and have been collected internationally.
Her work is available on her website: www.jeanhirons.com. She shares her process of painting on her blog at: www.jeanhironsblog.com. She can also be found on Facebook and in Studio 214 at Artists and Makers Studios, 21176 Wilkins Ave., Rockville.
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