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Opening Reception: From the Pen to the Knife

October 15, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Please join us for an evening of community, art, cocktails and complimentary light bites on Saturday, October 15 from 5 – 7 PM at MoCA Westport. The opening reception is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. 

From the Pen to the Knife features the watercolor paintings of Marian Christy. Christy is the pioneer of the Knifed Watercolors® style, a process that creates original watercolors using only palette knives and puddles of paint.

The exhibition will be on view at MoCA Westport from October 15 – November 27, 2022 and was curated by Ruth Mannes, Executive Director of MoCA Westport; Liz Leggett, MoCA Westport’s Director of Exhibitions; and visual artist Tom Berntsen.

Christy was an award-winning journalist for the first chapter of her life. She was a writer for The Boston Globe at a time when women had limited journalistic opportunities. Her writing garnered two Pulitzer Prize nominations and was considered groundbreaking in the areas of fashion and celebrity reporting.

She considers her time as an artist as a second chapter of her life, a time where she pivoted from “the pen to the knife.” She explains of her Knifed Watercolor process, “My focus is to make this unique signature a 21st century contemporary style, elevating watercolors to new depths and dimensions. I want to pull the viewer into the image, arouse curiosity but, most of all, to make an emotional connection silently, one-on-one.”

The exhibition is generously sponsored by Hofstetter Baron Group at Wells Fargo Advisors.


Featured Image Courtesy of the Artist


October 15, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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MoCA Westport
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Westport, CT 06880 United States
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