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"THEN, NOW, and ALWAYS" opening at TAG on 3/3!




The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council is delighted to announce the next exhibit at The Arts Garage (TAG) – “THEN, NOW, AND ALWAYS” by Marsha Gray Carrington, opening in March.

“THEN, NOW, AND ALWAYS” will be a retrospective the Sandusky residents work from 2015 to the present, as well as earlier pieces created between 1985 and 2000.

Carrington’s work is diverse, driven by her passion to create things. She works in three main mediums: abstract expressionism, “ink blots” and photography.

“While the images in this show are quite diverse, they all represent who I am and my artistic exploration and journey, which is a continuum,” Carrington said.

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Friday March 3, 2023, from 6-8pm at TAG. All are welcome. The show runs from March 1 through March 26, 2023.

The Arts Garage is located in the city’s old maintenance garage at 317 W. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton, Ohio. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am until 4pm and by appointment. TAG is closed Monday and Tuesday.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The child of an accomplished painter, Louise, Marsha always knew her path in life was a creative one – and she began making things from about the age of two and never stopped.

Marsha received a BFA in painting and graphics from James Madison University in 1977 and an MFA in fine art photography from CAL ARTS in 1981.

In the 1980s and 90s, Carrington worked in the film industry in Visual Effects Animation – working on films such as Braveheart, Ghost and James and the Giant Peach.

In 1996, she left Buena Vista Visual Effects of Disney Studios to focus on illustrating children’s books. She illustrated seven books for major publishers including Jake Johnson, the Story of a Mule, Tessa’s Tip-Tapping Toes and Saving the Liberty Bell.

After living in Los Angeles California for 30 years, Marsha and her husband moved to Sandusky to be closer to family in 2009.

She has been active in the arts scene in Sandusky, including being a commissioner for Sandusky Public Art and Culture and a board member of the Sandusky Cultural Center.

In 2015, she opened Carrington Arts studio and gallery at 231 W. Water Street in downtown Sandusky, which features her own work as well as other artists in group and solo shows.

“My work is inspired by my own life experiences, relationships and things,” Carrington said. Her biggest influences are Basquiat, Miro and Klee.

She is interested in both the light and dark side of life, emotions and feelings, she said.

In abstract expressionist painting, she feels free and in a journey herself.

Her “Ink Blots” are more whimsical in nature and contain an element of chance.

Her photography includes what she calls “Photo Fusions” by manipulating images. The created images tell their own stories and explore the surreal in life.

Carrington said that quite simply, art makes her feel alive.

“Each day is a new day to explore and create and see.”

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