Watercolor and Acrylic - Print Size: 16.5" x 13"
Mary Elodia Vining, Maine Artist (1915-2000)
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Mary Vining was born on June 10, 1915 in Portland, Maine. Her family was from the Canadian Maritimes and she was a beautiful, striking woman with red auburn hair. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Portland and began her painting career in 1953. She studied fine art at the Portland Art School and with the acclaimed John Shelley, the famous illustrator for the Old Farmer’s Almanac. She was very well known among the noted artists of Monhegan Island and New England and painted on Monhegan for 27 consecutive years, always in the first two weeks of June.
She was married 62 years to Albert Nelson Vining, Jr., (July 30, 1911 - present). Her husband recalls her technique and style as, “A natural talent, with amazing hands.” He states that her talent was, "born into her.” Albert explained that Mary painted on-site but always from her memory and vision of the location or subject. She would paint and create with her watercolors and acrylics away from the scene and always on a flat table or surface rather than an easel. According to her husband, she "trained her mind to remember." Today, Mary Vining’s works are sought after by many collectors throughout the world. Her sailboat paintings captured the essence of the fierce competition between boats and crews with her use of color and beautiful perspective. Mary painted sand dunes, rocky coasts, and rugged Maine islands with a style all to herself. She painted birch trees and forests toward the end of her life in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Her paintings are now in private collections throughout the United States and the world. Her works are in San Francisco, CA; Vancouver, CAN; Seattle, WA; Sausalito, CA; Saratoga, NY; Cedar Rapids, IA; Los Angeles, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; and the countries of Equador, Belgium, and Hong Kong, China. Several members of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra own many of her paintings. Mary Vining won prestigious awards at the Portland, Maine Sidewalk Art Festival and exhibited at several museums including the well known Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.
She is survived by her husband, Albert, who resides in Falmouth Foreside, Maine; two sons, and six grandchildren. Her husband noted that she was “a very private lady.” This outstanding and talented artist painted with a beautiful and unique style that captivated everyone who had the chance to view her works.
About Our Prints
The giclée prints are produced on high quality archival materials: Breathing Color Elegance Velvet Platinum Fine Art Paper - A 310gsm, bright white, fine art paper with a lightly textured vellum surface; a 100% cotton fiber paper offering a better color gamut and D-Max than any other velvet surface paper on the market.
Stretched Canvas Prints
We offer 3/4" solid hardwood stretcher bars with back staple. Prints are on Breathing Color Chromata white , acid free, cotton-poly blend matte artist stretch canvas. All stretched prints are protected with a matte finish archival UV varnish. If you prefer semi gloss or gloss please let us know.
Matting and Framing
If you prefer to have your giclée print framed and matted by our Gallery please let us know. We will provide you with a fair price and adjust the shipping charges to reflect the mat, frame, and glass. We would be pleased to perform this work for you.
The original painting is in a private collection
Certificate of Authenticity
Each “Limited Edition” giclée print will have a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). This is a legally binding contract between the artist (gallery) and the purchaser of the giclée print. All “Limited Edition” giclée prints will have:
1.) A secure certificate summarizing the details of the edition, the series number, and information on the original and the giclée reproduction.
2.) Holographic serial number affixed to the back of the giclée reproduction. This serial number will match the number printed on the actual Certificate of Authenticity.
3.) Berkeley Giclee, Berkeley, CA will independently monitor all “Limited Edition” sales through their Limited Edition Registry.
“Open Edition” prints will be provided with a signed certificate specifying the type of archival paper and inks used in the giclée reproduction process.