REVIEW: Crestview artist lets viewers interpret her work their way

McShane painting

A pair of horses gallop through water in Mary McShane's acrylic "Splash."

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

My fellow architecture majors and I took college art classes just to have the freedom to create stuff for the sheer fun of it.

Everything we did in design lab had to have a form following a function. "I like it" was not an acceptable reason for designing something. But in art class, we were free to have creative fun.

But that didn't stop the art majors from reading deep, hidden meanings into our prints or drawings, which always gave us a good guffaw.

Similarly, Crestview artist Mary McShane invites those who view her work currently on display at the library to interpret it as they please.

"Paintings are to be seen and explored, finding more in them every time a person looks at them," the former Laurel Hill School art teacher said. "My paintings are not completely explained."

With her interest now focused primarily on acrylic paint and collage, McShane presents an exhibition filled with color and motion. Horses gallop and dancers twirl across her canvases.

In "Ghosts From Our Past," figures emerge from a swirl of vibrant color, while others remain more subtle. I found 12, but there may be more. I'll study it again soon to see.

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