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Meg Marden Opens The Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery 2017-18 Season

Meg Marden Opens The Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery 2017-18 Season
Meredith Berry-Toon

The Edward J. Duffy Family Art Gallery welcomed Meg Marden, a Danbury, CT based artist, as the opening show for the Gallery's 2017-18 season. Marden, a successful painter and arts educator, has shown her work throughout the Connecticut and New York area, including exhibitions at The Washington Art Association and the First Street Galleries. She has taught art and art history at Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Marden received her bachelors in Studio Art at Western Connecticut State University and her MFA in Painting from the same institution.

"In my paintings, I try to communicate a specificity of place that is non-visual," Marden writes. "...The musty, attic-like smell, the sounds of an old building and a framing shop next-door, the sense of being in the center of a small city, but also feeling isolated and disconnected from it." In Marden's paintings, one can feel the warmth of sunlight streaming through her window or smell the leftover takeout that she ordered the night previously. "Marden's paintings are portraits, but instead of people, she uses space as her subject," remarked Canterbury Fine Arts teacher Stacey Kolbig. The portraits on display in the Duffy Gallery exhibit Marden's art studio and the dollar store finds therewithin.

The Canterbury community had the opportunity to meet Meg Marden and view her paintings at an artist's reception on Friday, September 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Her show runs through October 15th. To learn more about Meg Marden's art and her statement on her work, please visit her website at To view photos of the art opening, please view our Flickr at