The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center announces the opening of an exhibit featuring the paintings of Amesbury artists Peg Dalton and Peggy Omer. “From Our Paintboxes” will be held in the Center’s Juliet Kellogg French Room from August 5 through September 16, 2012. The artists will introduce their work at a free opening reception on Sunday, August 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. A portion of all purchases made during the exhibit helps to support Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats.
Peg Dalton has always had a strong desire to draw and paint. After earning a Liberal Arts degree, marriage, and children, she began to seriously pursue art lessons to further improve her skills. Dalton studied with the late Effie Berry, Laura Stover, and at workshops with Charles Movalli and Ron Rans, as well as completed correspondence courses through North Light. She has been a very active member of the Newburyport Art Association (NAA), serving as President and on the Board of Directors, and teaching children’s art classes there for 30 years. Dalton is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the NAA.
Her favorite subjects to paint (in oils, watercolor, or pastel) are flowers, nature, local landscapes, and still life. An award-winning artist, Dalton has paintings in private collections across the U.S. and Germany.
Peggy Omer studied oils, acrylic, and water-based mediums at the New School of Art in Toronto, Canada; The School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She lived and painted on California’s Monterey Peninsula from 1982 to 2002. In California, Omer exhibited at the Evans Gallery in Carmel; Henry Miller Library in Big Sur; and other juried shows in Seaside, Monterey, and Pacific Grove, where she won numerous awards for her work. She has had several shows in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery at the NAA, where she is a long-standing member. Omer has paintings in private collections across the U.S. and abroad. This exhibit will feature her new artwork of Massachusetts North Shore sea/landscapes, birds and flowers, as well as watercolors inspired by the Pacific coastline and Big Sur redwoods, flora, and wildlife.
Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon has grown to become a powerful force for conservation in New England. Together with more than 100,000 members, Mass Audubon cares for 35,000 acres of conservation land and provides educational programs for 225,000 children and adults annually. Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is a natural history education center at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the website at www.massaudubon.org.
WHAT Art exhibit, “From Our Paintboxes” featuring paintings by Peggy Omer and Peg Dalton
WHEN August 5 – September 16, 2012; artists’ reception Sunday, August 5, 2:30-4:00 pm
WHERE Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA
INFO 978-462-9998; www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats