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solo exhibition

March 1st - 31st, 2024

Opening Reception: First Friday, March 1st from 5-9pm

Arch Enemy Arts presents NIGHT SHADES, eight new works by local painter Maryann Held that explore creatures and elements associated with darkness. Held’s supernatural familiars—ravens, owls, snakes and bats—are carefully and naturalistically rendered in stark contrast to the complex, geometric, yet deceptively simple abstract florals and celestial patterns that envelop her creatures. 


“I’ve always been passionate about drawing and painting animals, particularly birds. More recently, I became very interested in folk art including Pennsylvania Dutch textiles and hex signs. I also like searching for interesting old frames, and I often make images with a specific frame from my collection in mind.” 


We love the way Held’s frames, which range from opulent, gilded Victorian to more streamlined Art Deco motifs, encase and finish her work, becoming part of the pieces themselves. They mirror the fusion of decorative and devotional within her work, and offer an additional nod to the blend of historical references and interests that inspire her. 


Maryann Held graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has been working professionally as a painter and illustrator for over ten years. She began showing with Arch Enemy Arts in 2020 after submitting to our Spotlight Showcase. Immediately appealing to our collectors, she’s exhibited in countless group shows and has hosted solo features every year since.

NIGHTSHADES will be on view from March 1st - 31st, 2024
Sold works will begin to ship the week st
arting April 7th, unless other rush arrangements have been made.

Payment plan options are available on most works.

All items marked with a red dot have been sold. 

Gallery Of Images
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