marcy

dunn

ramsey

Artist Statement

There is a tension between the marsh's chaos and the serene flatness of the water that I find compelling.

-- Marcy Dunn Ramsey

My work is an exploration into the relationship between the natural world and the human psyche.

Ms. Ramsey’s paintings are a reflection of nature, but also of the relationship of that world to the psyche. Marshes are a primary source of inspiration, and the tangle and chaos of the grasses and reeds is a vehicle to explore the vitality of the life cycle.  There is a tension between the complex linear qualities of the marsh and the serene flatness of the reflective surface of the water that is very expressive, and encourages a personal response.  The eloquent gestures of looping, twisted reeds, the intersections in a stand of marsh grass, the staccato shapes of dark and light stalks, or the muted forms of submerged leaves communicate a resonance through a lyrical language of signs.  The grace of these simple phenomena is fleeting yet leaves its mark, and ignites a sense of recognition.  The sky enters largely into this work as well, acting in role of light-giver. In its mirror image, we see the world upside-down, and the potential for disorientation can bring about new revelations of strength and fragility.

The artist’s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections both here at home and internationally.  She is a participant in the Art in the Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department, sending her work to Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and  Africa. Her work is currently exhibited at the Carla Massoni Gallery, in Chestertown, MD and the I. Pinckney Gallery in Beaufort, SC. She is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Easton, MD, and the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis where she also shows regularly. She has also been featured on Maryland Public Telivision’s Artworks This Week  program, and the clip can be viewed here along with a more complete representation of her work.

 

LOOK FOR MARCY'S WORK AT MASSONIART IN CHESTERTOWN  and  I. PINCKNEY SIMONS GALLERY  IN CHARLESTON.

Ms. Ramsey’s studio is nestled into the bank of the upper Chester River where she observes its many moods. She and her husband John have raised two daughters and countless generations of chickens and dogs in this rural landscape.  In the past few years she has become progressively more active in the Chester River Organization, whose mission is to restore the river to its previous health. She hopes to pursue her own mission, to convey through her work a sense of reverence for the natural world, for many years to come.

 

 

CHRONOLOGY

1967 Graduated from Emmanuel College, Cum Laude

 

1968 Boston Museum School of Fine Arts  Art History

 

1968-69 St. Mary's College, MD.  Design and Drawing

 

1971-75 University of Maine, Printmaking, Painting

 

1977-78 University of MD Printmaking, Drawing

 

1994 Maryland Institute Painting, Graphic Design

 

2012 Three week fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

 

 

EXHIBITIONS(One person)

 

2017

Carla Massoni Gallery  “Balancing Act”

 

2016

Carroll County Community College  - one person show “Marsh Magic”

 

2016

Carla Massoni Gallery  “Playing on the Edge”

 

2015

Carla Massoni Gallery  “Line Dancing”

 

2014

Carla Massoni Gallery   " Suspension"

 

2013

Carla Massoni Gallery   "Caught in the Current"

 

2012

Carla Massoni Gallery   "Aspiration"

 

2011

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Solace"

East End Gallery, Easton MD, "Water's Edge"

 

2010

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Passage"

 

2009

Carla Massoni Gallery, " Refuge"

 

2008

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Convergence"

 

2007

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Personal Perspective"

 

2006

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Ephemera"

 

2005

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Traces"

 

2004

Private showing, Lancaster Art Museum fundraiser,

Lancaster, PA.

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Shaped by Wind and Water"

 

2003

Crary Gallery, Warren PA.

"Marcy Ramsey, The First Thirty Years" Retrospective

 

2002

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Interiors"

 

2001

Artworks, "The Illustrator's Eye". Chestertown

 

2001

Adkins Arboretum, Centreville, MD

 

2000

Carla Massoni Gallery, Featured Artist August, 2000

Adkins Arboretum, Centreville, MD

 

1997

Marion Price Gallery, Centreville, MD

 

1994

Massoni-Sommer Gallery, Chestertown, MD

 

1990-91-93

Finishing Touch

 

1989

Chestertown Bank

 

1986

Gallery 5, Chestertown

 

1985

Washington College

 

1982

Easton Academy of Art

 

 

EXHIBITIONS  (Group)

 

Arts in the Embassies Program

          2012  Kiev, Ukraine

          2010 Jakarta, Indonesia

          2009 Gabarone, Africa

          2000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

2014

MD at College Park, national juried show

 

2012

MD Federation of Art, "Landscape"

 

2011

MD Federation of Art, "Small Works"

 

2006

Artworks, Chestertown, MD Studio Tour and Exhibit

 

2006

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Gatherings"

 

2005

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Unwrapped"

 

2004

Winter Exhibition  Carla Massoni Gallery

 

2004

Carla Massoni Gallery, "SOFA"

        (Simply Outstanding Fine Art) Show

 

2004

Maryland Federation of Art , Annual Juried Show

 

2004

Maryland Federation of Art   "Landscapes"

        (2nd place award)

 

2004

Maryland Federation of Art   "Go Figure"

 

2004

Maryland Federation of Art   "Miniatures"

 

2003 Adkins Arboretum, Board Members Exhibit

 

2003

Carla Massoni Gallery, "Landscapes"

 

2002

Artworks Studio Tour and Exhibit

 

2002

Carla Massoni Gallery   "Impressions I"  Print Show

 

2002

Carla Massoni Gallery  "To Keep a Rendezvous"  Group Show

 

2001

Artworks Studio Tour and Exhibit

 

2000

Arts in the Embassies Program

        (4 paintings chosen for the Brazilian Embassy)

1999

Radcliffe Mill Gallery, Chestertown, MD

 

1999

Works by Contemporary Maryland Artists Invitational:

       "A Sense of Place", Annapolis, MD

 

1997

Easton Academy of Art Regional Show, Easton, MD

 

1994

Children's Capitol Museum, Washington, D. C.

 

1978-91

Chestertown Arts League Annual Shows

             (Awards '78, '79, '80, '81, '83, '85)

 

1985

Norwalk Arts Council,  "Fruit of the Womb"

 

1982-83

Westport Women's League, Westport, CT.

 

1985

Portside Framers,  "Salon de Refusees", Annapolis, MD

 

1981-84

Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, (Award, 1984)

 

1980-84

Easton Academy of Art Annual Spring Shows  (Award, 1981)  Easton, MD

 

1978

University of MD Group Show,  "The Bite of the Print",

        College Park, MD

 

1975-76

Cambridge Artist' Association, Boston, Mass.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

Artworks, Chestertown, MD

Adkins Arboretum, Centreville MD

Chester River Association, Chestertown, MD

 

LINKS I LOVE

 

Deep Landing Workshop

 

MassoniArt

 

I. Pinckney Simons Gallery

 

The Finishing Touch