LEWISTON – The artwork of Shanti Curran and Marilyn Dwelley will be featured during July by the Woman’s Hospital Association of Central Maine Medical Center.

Curran is a Lewiston native, who was raised in Virginia, and in 2001 relocated back to Maine. She lives in Lewiston and finds it a place rich with artistic possibilities. Her current projects include a series of photographs of the Lewiston area, some of which will be on display at the CMMC Art Gallery.

Curran’s accomplishments include being published in “Dog and Handler” magazine, Web site photos for Rigel Mandolin Co. of Vermont and cover art on CDs for the Jan Mayes Band and American Poet. People can see samples of her work at http://www.shantiphoto.8m.com.

Dwelley of China has enjoyed painting since the seventh grade when a cousin gave her oil paints and brushes. She is a self-taught artist who has been selling professionally for more than 30 years. Dwelley has won more than 350 awards in art shows in Maine, New England and Florida.

Dwelley travels all over the state searching for interesting scenes to paint. She does not copy a photograph, but uses artistic license to combine elements from several photographs. She first painted in oils, but began to use acrylics in 1976.

She specializes in Maine scenes and wildflowers, using a tiny brush to paint detail and layers of paint to get the effect to achieve a realistic style. In addition, she has written and illustrated three field guides for identifying wildflowers, trees and shrubs.

Dwelley is active in art societies in Waterville and Bangor and in Zephyrhills, Fla. She also founded and helps fund the Maine Open Juried Art Show held each April in Waterville.

The Woman’s Hospital Association supports Central Maine Medical Center and its patients by promoting the health and welfare of the community by raising money to fund special projects. If interested in membership in the association or the monthly artist showings, call the WHA at 795-2295.


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