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Posted on: April 21, 2015

Merrill Exhibited in the Mayor’s Office

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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (April 21, 2015) - Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and the Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission continue to promote awareness of local artists and cultivate community pride through an innovative program called Art in the Mayor’s Office.

“Mount Pleasant has a rich cultural and artistic heritage and the Mayor’s Office is a natural place to display local art to visitors and residents,” said Mayor Page. “We have had great artwork displayed in my office and I currently enjoy “Morning on the River” a wonderful piece by Ann Merrill, a gifted oil painter who focuses on the beauty of our coastal legacy.”

Merrill is a life-long artist with experience in many mediums. She finds oil painting the most powerful and direct way to reveal her vision and artist voice.

“The Lowcountry landscape is ageless and ever new,” said Merrill, “where the big sky and the horizon seem to go forever, is always so paintable. I continue to be fascinated with its mysteries and ancient secrets in the huge live oaks, the sea shells in the soil of my garden, the timeworn surfaces of old buildings with their wrinkled faces. These are irresistible resources for an artist.”

Merrill’s works include coastal landscapes, architecture, figures, and slice of life images, with detailed backdrop and a brilliant palette. She also utilizes watercolors, weaves fibers and sees grasses as natural textiles, with their subtle patterns of color and value, enriched by texture and light.

In a style that can be called gestural realism, the canvas is as personal as handwriting and finger prints. Brush strokes dance and describe, push, layer, crumble, scrape and spread paint on the canvas, allowing traces of earlier tracks to occasionally appear, revealing the previous layers and the history of building a painting.

Merrill holds a B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University, and a Master’s Degree from Siena College. An art educator for 30 years, she has taught at all educational levels. Her works can be viewed online at www.AnnLeeMerrill.com
About the Art in the Mayor’s Office Program

The Town of Mount Pleasant and the Culture, Arts & Pride Commission invite artists to submit photos of completed artwork for display in the Mayor’s Office. The art will remain on display for two months. All entries will be juried by Town staff and the Culture, Arts & Pride Commission. To learn more about the program and future submittal dates contact Tourism and Marketing Assistant April Adams at aadams@tompsc.com.

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