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The work of local artist Mary Hilt is on view at the Cutter Gallery in Arlington in June and July; the exhibition included an opening reception the afternoon of Sunday, June 9. 

The gallery's Charles Luca described Hilt in a recent email as "a local artist who has a vibrant history of watercolor artwork," adding that the show includes "a variety of media and styles, mainly locally inspired." The Gallery is at 611 Mass. Ave., in the lower level of the Jefferson Cutter House in Whittemore Park in the Arlington Center neighborhood.

portrait included in exhibitionThe exhibition is scheduled to be open to the public at the following dates and times after the June 9 reception:

Wednesday, June 19: 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 22: 1 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 13: 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17: 3:30 to 6 p.m.

There is also to be a closing reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

In her artist's statement, Hilt describes her work as follows: "I work by creating a mood or a story; perhaps a flash of light streaking through glass. There might be a scene such as a momentary sunburst on a cold winter’s day, or a quirk or twist from a dramatic model’s repertoire."

She continues, "In my working process, I do three or four paintings at once, not always in the same medium. I enjoy working Plein Air, from photos and working in figure life sessions. Painting in watercolor is so alive and exciting -- you can get jewel-like colors, but it has a mind of its own. You must save the whites, working backwards from the approach you would use for oil painting."

Finally, Hilt says, "People are affected by art. They can be sad or happily transported for a while. That is meaningful and hopeful to me. I do many different things. I believe that experimenting will enable one to grow as an artist and most important, you certainly won’t bore yourself."

For more information, see the Cutter Gallery website and Mary Hilt's website.

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This news announcement was published Friday, June 7, 2024, based on information from Charles Luca on behalf of the Cutter Gallery, and updated the evening of Sunday, June 9, to indicate that the opening reception has been completed as of that date but that the exhibition itself, including a closing reception, is to go until July 27.