Exhibition - Mary Ellen Long: Roots

Arts and Entertainment

August 29, 2013

From: Athenaeum Music And Arts Library

Mary Ellen Long was born in Los Angeles, California and lived in North San Diego County for 22 years. A multi-media artist who now lives in Durango, Colorado, her work includes mixed media drawing and assemblage, collage, indoor and outdoor environmental installations, and artist’s books.

Mary Ellen received her BA and MA degrees from San Diego State in printmaking and painting in 1978-79. Throughout her career she has received numerous awards and grants, including most recently a grant from the Colorado Arts Council, and was a monthly featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City. She has been the artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango since 2004, creating over 25 site installations along the wild trails there.

Mary Ellen has exhibited in private and public art galleries throughout the country and her collages and artists’ books are in numerous international public and private collections. Her environmental art projects can be seen at weadartists.org and greenmuseum.org. She is represented by the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles and the artists’ books dealer Vamp and Tramp.

Of Roots she writes:
deep dark root
tangling
wrapping
spreading

In 2002, the San Juan Mountains, adjacent to Durango, were ravaged by fire. This fire came very close to my home and studio. A fire break was made on my land. In this process, roots of oak, aspen, and pine were revealed...and I collected them.

This Led to Amassing roots of all sizes and from many places. I began wrapping them in handmade paper and dipping them in sumi ink. Their complex forms and functions began to fascinate me. The art that is included in this exhibit - the drawings, the sculpture, the book forms - evolved from this activity.

Reception: Friday, September 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Trunk Show: Saturday, September 28, 4:30-6:30pm

Date: September 21 - November 2, 2013

Time:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am - 8:30 pm

Location:
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
Rotunda Gallery
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

Cost: Free