The Southbury Public Library Presents
In the Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room
Ann Harriet Carew
Saturday, April 29 – Monday, May 29
Ann Harriet Carew calls her Roxbury workplace the “Art and Soul Studio” for a reason. She sees her landscape and still life oil paintings coming from her inner self, as an outward expression of her soul. A memory surfaced recently of being a five year old, her grandmother presenting her with her very own box of crayons to keep her busy while her parents dressed for a night out. She created, to her surprise and delight, a multi-colored “stained glass window”! It was the magical moment when she became the family “artist” and later the class “artist” and claimed that as her identity.
Graduating from college with a B.A. in Fine Art and teaching briefly in grade school followed. Once married and a mother, she painted for recreation; her children were her models. After raising her family she enrolled in the Art Students League to study the techniques of the Old Masters with Frank Mason, but still felt incomplete.
As a searcher for meaning and truth, she spent 3 years of study at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, earning a Master of Divinity degree. Eventually, what evolved was the “Art and Soul Workshop”, a retreat experience combining process art and spirituality which she presented at retreat centers throughout CT, in Westchester and at Yale Divinity School.
In 2006, she met Edward Devoe, himself a former, Frank Mason student. Studying with him refreshed and deepened her knowledge of classical realism. By 2007 she was ready to exhibit. Since that time, her work has been exhibited at libraries, and commercial venues as well as the Washington Art Association where she is a long time member, and as an “Elected Artist” in the Kent Art Association, and the Art Center at Bonita Springs, Fl. Her work is in private collections throughout the state as well as California and Florida. Recently, a large seascape, “Solitude” was accepted for permanent display at Eastern Point Retreat Center, in Gloucester, MA.
Whether painting a local landscape in the tradition of plein air, or setting up a still life from her cupboard, kitchen or garden, Harriet looks for beauty….in ordinary objects as well as dramatic moments in nature. “My Jesuit training encouraged me to ‘find God in all things” …to develop a contemplative attitude toward all of life, she said. Harriet hopes that her paintings will be a source of pleasure and transport those who view them to their own soulful place.