News Release

June 7, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Highly Acclaimed Artists Exhibit at UConn Health Center

Who/What: Janet Shafner, “Still Life Paintings” and Marija Pavlovich McCarthy “Recent Oils and Watercolors”

Where: Celeste LeWitt Gallery, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

When: June 7 through September 5

About the Artists:
An interpretive realist, internationally-known artist Marija Pavlovich McCarthy says she tries to bring a balance between the ordained and the accidental in her paintings, highlighting the complexity of nature and its contrasts.

A native of Yugoslavia, she was trained at the Academy of Fine Art in Belgrade and at the Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University in Washington. A Woodbury resident since 1996, she has lived and painted throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa, where her works are represented in collections at institutions such as the National Museum of Yugoslavia, the presidential collections of Pakistan, Palestine and Tunisia, as well as congressional and private collections worldwide. She has also participated in solo and group shows in various cities in Tunisia, Pakistan, and Belgium.

In the U.S., her work hangs at the New Britain Museum of American Art and her solo exhibitions include the Woodbury Fine Arts, the Greene Gallery in Guilford, the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, N. J., The Art League, Alexandria, Virginia, and the Spectrum Gallery and the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has participated in group shows at the Copley Society of Boston, New England Watercolor Society, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art to name a few.

A signature member of numerous art societies, McCarthy has been featured in Artists Magazine and Best of Watercolors 1996 and Floral Inspiration 1997, published by Rockport Publishing Company. She was also a featured watercolor artist in American Artist magazine. McCarthy has taught painting at the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland College of Art and Design, The Art League in Alexandria, and currently at the Washington Art Association in Washington, Conn.

Janet Shafner earned a master’s in studio art at Connecticut College in New London, a degree in art history at Barnard College in New York City. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and at the Art Students League in New York City. She has served as director of the adult studio art program at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, and taught at Connecticut College in New London, Mohegan Community College in Norwich and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, Groton.

An accomplished artist, she has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and public institutions, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Slater Museum in Norwich, John Slade Ely House in New Haven, the Kaber Gallery and the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City, and the Purdue University Gallery in Lafayette, Ind., to name a few. She has participated in more than 50 exhibitions in Connecticut, and others in Maryland and New York. Shafner also traveled to Cincinnati, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Canada, and Israel as part of the Yeshiva University Museum exhibition “Woman of Valor.” Her works hang in a number of public collections, including the Slater Museum, Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass., and others.

A resident of New London, Shafner creates still-life paintings using simple objects, focusing on the effects of light on textures and shapes.

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