• I'm an artist inspired by the farmlands, woodlands and historic communities of central Pennsylvania.

    My work is currently on exhibit at Gallery Blue Door, 833 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD.

     

    Marianne Calenda

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    "Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus

    This is my second spring. After retiring from a career in higher education administration, I've invested in daily art practice to create a cohesive portfolio expressive of the local environment. Based in Lancaster County, PA, I'm currently exploring water media painting and contemporary drawing with charcoal and ink.

     

    My 2020-2021 portfolio is reflective of daily encounters along regional trails, mainly the Conewago and Lebanon Valley Rail Trails, and en plein air work throughout the county. I'm attracted to the visual textures and natural boundaries within the landscape; I tend to work quickly and expressively. My formal art training in printmaking, specifically the intaglio process, calls me to consider light and shadow and encourages layering and experimental marks.

     

    Awards

    • Award of Excellence for Plein Air Painting, Touchstone Center for Crafts, May 2021
    • 2nd Place, Lancaster County Art Association, Spring Membership Show, March 2021 
    • Juror's Award, Maryland Federation of Art "Light and Shadow" Jan 2021 
    • 2nd Place, Lancaster Museum of Art 58th Annual Community Exhibition, August 2020 
    • 2nd Place, Lancaster County Art Association, Spring Membership 2020 
    • Honorable Mention, Lancaster County Art Association Fall Membership 2020 

     

    Recent Group Shows

    • Pittsburgh Watercolor Society International Aqueous Open 2021, October 2021
    • Lancaster Museum of Art 59th Annual CAE, July 2021
    • Society of Watercolor Artists, International Juried Exhibition 2021, April 2021
    • Lancaster County Art Association, Spring Membership Show, March 28 - April 22 2021
    • Maryland Federation of Art "Light and Shadow" Online Exhibition Dec. 15- Jan 30 2021
    • Rhode Island Watercolor Society's Home for the Holidays Show Dec. 2020
    • Pittsburgh Watercolor Society International "Aqueous Open 2020", Pittsburgh, PA, September 2020
    • Lancaster County Art Assoc. Fall Membership  2020
    • Lancaster Museum of Art 58th Annual Community Exhibition, August 2020 
    • Maryland Federation of Art "American Landscapes", Annapolis, MD August 2020
    •  View Arts Center "Textures & Layers: A Walk in the Woods", Old Forge, NY February 2020
    • Lancaster County Art Assoc. Spring Membership 2020
    • Lancaster Museum of Art 57th Annual Community Exhibition, August 2019

     

    Shows and Events 2021

     

    Within/Without 2-person show, Gallery Blue Door, Baltimore, MD --September 18, 2021, Opening Reception 4-6

    Lancaster County Art Association, Fall Member Show and Plein Air Exhibit, September - October 2021

    The Gift of Art, Marietta Art Alive Member Holiday Show, 42 W. Market Street, Marietta PA, December 5, 11-7

     

     

     

     

  • Inquiries

    I would love the opportunity to share my work. Please DM with questions or to purchase.

     

     

    marianne.calenda@gmail.com

    @mariannecalenda