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Mary EricksonMary Erickson   AFC Mary Erickson
plein air landscapes, birds, coastal scenery, marsh, dunes, shorebirds
 
Mary Erickson grew up sketching the beaches of Long Island Sound in Connecticut and sold her first painting to Gulf+Western Industries in Stamford, Connecticut at 13. Erickson studied at the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, and initially worked in small business management.

Her passion for painting, and a move to Florida in 1986, stirred the desire to pursue art as a career. Finally, she realized a long held dream, and in 1993, Mary began painting professionally.
Mary maintains studios in Marshville, NC and Venice, Fla. Preferring to work on location, in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists, Mary continues to seek new opportunities to capture moments in time and place on canvas. Painting tours have taken her to Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, Ireland, France and throughout the United States. She creates plein air studies then returns to the studio to produce large paintings. Future trips are planned to Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico and New Zealand.

Mary is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists,) and a member of The Group of Eight, and The Florida Four, all Southern-based alliances that are intent on recording the scenery of the rapidly vanishing natural southern landscape. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). In addition to being a juried member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Mary's work is collected throughout the United States and Europe. Her largest project to date is the creation of artwork for the WaterStreet Hotel in Apalachicola, Florida. This luxurious waterfront property features Mary's original oil paintings and reproductions in the hotel lobby and each of the suites.

A lifelong conservationist, Mary's 39 acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left as an artist retreat and bird sanctuary. It is listed on the North Carolina Birding Trail, and can be seen at www.HighRidgeGardens.org.

REPRESENTATION
Mary is represented by Davis-Moye and Associates of Atlanta.
Gallery representation for original paintings include Elder Fine Art in Charlotte, NC, Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, FL, Anderson Fine Art in St. Simons Island, GA, The Englishman Fine Art & Antiques in Naples, FL, and Sheldon Fine Art in Naples, Florida and Newport, Rhode Island.

Limited edition prints and canvas giclees, published by Birds of a Feather Publishing, Inc. and Image Conscious are available at over 200 galleries and frame shops in the United States, and at BirdsofaFeatherPublsihing.com.

CAREER HONORS
Awarded Signature Membership, American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) May '11
Best in Show, Callaway Gardens Plein Air Event, Jean Stern, awards judge, Pine Mountain, GA, Apr '11
Award of Excellence, Under the Oaks, Whalehead Club, Corolla, NC Jun '10
Artists' Choice, Village Green Paint out, Cashiers, NC Jul '10
Peoples' Choice Quick Draw, Village Green Paint out, Cashiers, NC Jul '10
Merit Award, Paint Out in Paradise, Venice, FL March '10
Award of Excellence, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational, Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Pete, FL Apr '10Winner, Showcase Your State - Massachusetts, American Artist Magazine, May 2009
Patron Award, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, May 2009
Best in Show, Paint Out in Paradise, Venice, FL March 2009
Best in Show, Paint the Town, St. Pete, FL, March 2009
Patron Award & Honorable Mention, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May 2008
PaintAmerica, Mini Top 50 Competition, 2007-8 Traveling Exhibition, Dec '07
Top 40 Peoples Choice, Small Works Show, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT, Nov '07
Monthly Finalist, Raymart Art Competition, RaymarArt.com, Phoenix, AZ, Jul '07
Isle of Eight Flags award, Isle of Eight Flags Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL, May '07
First Place, Doug Helms Memorial Show, Union County Arts Council, Monroe, NC Dec '06
Honorable Mention, Atalaya Fine Art, Pawleys Island, SC Sept '06
Patron Purchase Award, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '06
Award of Excellence, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational, Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Pete, FL Apr '06
Patron Purchase Award, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '05
Honorable Mention, Annual Spring into Art Competition, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC May '05
Award of Excellence, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational, Alla Prima Fine Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL Apr '05
Artists' Choice 2nd Place, Mountains to the Coast Plein Air Invitational, Germanton Gallery, NC Apr '05
Patron Purchase Award, Florida Wildlife Exposition, Sarasota, FL Jan '05
Merit Award, Annual Fall into Art Competition, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC Nov '04
Patron Purchase Award, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '04
Award of Distinction, Annual Florida Competition, Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs, FL Mar '04
Purchase Award, Florida Wildlife Exposition, Lakeland, FL Jan '04
Third Place, Fine Arts Juried Festival, Englewood, FL Mar '03
Second Place, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '02
Third Place, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '01
Patron Award, Isle of Eight Flags Juried Festival, Fernandina Beach, FL May '01
Best in Show, Autumn in Topsail Juried Festival, Topsail Island, NC Oct '00
Peoples' Choice Award, Wild Autumn Exposition, Sarasota, FL Oct '98
Selected artist for poster design, Art Fest, Venice, FL Nov '98, '97, '96, '95, '94
Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 1995 Art Competition, Wildlife category
Top 200, Arts for the Parks, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Oct '94

CAREER EXHIBITIONS
Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Between the Shining Seas, American Society of Marine Artists juried exhibition, June '10
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, ASMA juried exhibition, Between the Shining Seas, Sept '10
Inaugural Exhibition, Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL Nov '09
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition Oct '09
Solo Exhibition, "Artist's Journey, North to South," Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC May '09
16th Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Dec 2008
Small Works Show, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT Nov 2008
“Brush With Reality” 3 Person Show. Elder Gallery Charlotte, NC. Oct. 2008
Art Institute &Gallery 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Sep/Oct 2008, Salisbury, Md.
The 112th Annual Open Juried Exhibition presented by the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The National Arts Club, New York, NY. Sep/Oct 2008
“The Naturalist's World” Group Show. Elder Gallery Charlotte, NC. Aug. 2008
Plein Air Invitational, Apalachicola to St. Joe, FL May 2008
Plein Air Invitational, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Apr 2008
Small Works Show, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT Nov '07
Women in Art, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC Oct '07
Featured artist, Things with Wings, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Oct '07
Four person exhibition, Visions of Nature, Sheldon Fine Art, Naples, FL July '07
ASMA, 14th Annual Maritime Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR Jul '07
Invitational Plein Air, Painting the Forgotten Coast, Apalachicola to St. Joe, FL May '07
Oil Painters of America, Ntl Juried Exhibition, WhistlePik Gallery, Fredericksberg, TX May '07
Hilton Head National, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC May '07
Two person Exhibition, A Florida State of Mind, Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Petersberg, FL Mar '07
Solo Exhibition and Presentation, Batte Fine Arts Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC Mar '07
Solo exhibition, Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library , Marshville, NC July '06
Invitational Show, Things with Wings, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Sept '06, annually since 1997
Plein Air Invitational, Mountains to the Coast, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Apr '06
Plein Air Invitational, Paint the Town, Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Pete, FL Apr '06
Solo exhibition, Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library , Marshville, NC July '05
Solo Exhibition, Monroe Public Library, Monroe, NC May '05
Invitational Show, Things with Wings, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC May '05, annually since 1997
Plein Air Invitational, Mountains to the Coast, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Apr '05
Plein Air Invitational, Paint the Town, Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL Apr '05
National Juried Exhibition, American Impressionists Society, Nichols Taos Fine Art, Taos, NM Apr' 05
National Juried Exhibition, Palm Beach Community College Humanities Gallery, Lake Worth, FL Apr '05
Group Exhibition, Elements and Facades - The Group of Eight, Chamber of Commerce, Ocala, FL Feb '05
Invitational Exposition, Florida Wildlife and Plein Air Expo, Sarasota, FL Jan '0520
Invitational Show, Southeast Invitational, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC Dec '04 ,annually since 1995
Solo exhibition, Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library, Marshville, NC July '04, Dec '0420
Group exhibition, Images of the Loop - The Group of Eight, Art League of Daytona Beach, FL May '04
National Juried Art Exhibition, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC May '04
Juried Art Market at Honey Horn, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC Apr '04, '03, '02
Juried exhibition, Artescape Naples, Gallery Victoria, Naples, FL Mar '04
Invitational Exposition, Florida Wildlife and Plein Air Expo, Lakeland, FL Jan '04 (annually since '95)
Invitational Miniature Show, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Stuart, FL Dec '03
Invitational Miniature Show, Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC Dec '03
Solo exhibition, Marshville Public Library, Marshville, NC Jul '03, '02
Four person exhibition, SPAA - Southern Plein Air Artists, Castle Can Rates, Santa Suzanna, Spain Aug '02
Solo exhibition, Mangroves Gallery, Marco Island, FL Mar '97, Apr '96
Solo exhibition, Collectors' Gallery, Venice, FL Nov '96, Nov '95, Nov '94
Two person show, Mary Erickson and Karen Hitt, Village Gallery, Venice, FL Nov '96
Solo exhibition, Village Gallery, Sebring, FLOct '96
Invitational Show, Originals in Miniature, Stevenson's Gallery, Corvallis, OR Jul '95
Invitational, Wonderful World of Warblers, One Touch of Nature Gallery, Chicago, IL May '95
Solo exhibition, Venice Little Theatre, Venice FL Dec '04
Juried Competition, Florida Outdoors! Panama City, FL Nov '94
National Audubon Convention, Fort Myers, FL Nov '94

 
Support for Conservation:
Every Mary Erickson print edition includes a special edition of 100 prints used exclusively to raise funds for conservation, preservation, and educational organizations throughout the USA.

The artist's 39 acre residence in NC is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists' retreat. Visit www.HighRidgeGardens.org for more information.

I purchased the neighboring property to my home in September 2006, giving me close to 40 acres to oversee. That fall, an adjacent 130 acres of woods was “harvested” –cut, bulldozed and burned. As I sat on the hill overlooking the charred remains, I worried where all of the winter and migrating birds would go. I put up feeders all along the fence line to help the birds that came back to find their food and protective tree cover gone. That was the beginning of an all-consuming work in progress!

Now bird feeders are scattered throughout the pastures, trails and woods. We are continually adding nesting boxes, and mow selectively, to give adequate cover and nesting grounds for many different species. We have two year-round ponds and one seasonal wetland, in addition to birdbaths, to provide a bountiful water source. In addition to almost 70 “sight” identified birds, we have deer, raccoon, rabbit, bobcat, possum and fox. Feral cats are trapped and turned in to the local animal rescue. We use pesticides and fertilizer only as a last resort, and then very sparingly, on the property.

Mornings in spring host a cacaphony of bird song, and on summer nights we listen to the chorus of frogs, crickets and cicadas. My dream is to leave the property as an ongoing artists' retreat and bird sanctuary, so that future generations can enjoy its serene beauty.


 


 

 
 
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