The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 N. Main Street in Rochester, will host an exhibit during the month of November called Chasing Light and Color featuring the work of East Wakefield artist Teresa A. McWilliams Farina. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
In the beginning, Teresa was a self-taught painter. Starting at the age of six, her first oil painting was completed on a canvas window shade while her father was fly fishing on the Ausable River in Michigan. She loved painting portraits of children using pastels, She illustrated her own stories and painted theater sets in grade school. At holidays, she painted murals on large picture windows of her family home in Saginaw, MI. During her high school years, she was awarded art scholarships to study art at Interlochen National Music Camp for two summers in Traverse City, Michigan.
“From the time I became aware of the world as a child, I loved color,” says Farina. “I began experimenting with surfaces and pigments at about 4 years old. Since then, I have worked in a variety of media and I became a painter of life. I was fascinated with people, animals, water, trees, everything around me. Since then my passion has been to capture the vitality of what I feel and see in my surroundings. It is the light that first draws me to subjects – landscapes, still life, human and animal portraits. It sets the mood, it defines form, color and values.
“Although I have pursued other interests in science and medicine, painting has always been an important part of my life. My commitment is to elicit emotion from the viewer. As in life, I think of painting as a personal journey that I take in trying to create an image that engages the imagination and delight of the viewer.”
After completion of undergrad school in science (B.S. degree) at University of Detroit, she studied at various art schools in Michigan. She has an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts (Studio Painting) and M.B.A (Business Management). Farina has studied drawing, watercolor, pastel and oil painting with numerous instructors from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, as well as instructors from other PA art schools. She completed an independent study program the summer of 2011 with international artist, James DuPree and in 2019 with nationally known plein air oil painter, Mark Boedges from VT. Teresa continues to explore and develop new techniques with various pigments and surfaces.
She is currently a member of the Wakefield, NH Art Association and Mount Washington plein air groups. She has been a member of the Squam Lakes Artisans’ Cooperative Gallery in Center Harbor, NH since May 2018.
RiverStones Custom Framing and the Franklin Gallery are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information about the Chasing Light and Color exhibit and other RiverStones events and services, call (603) 812-1488, or send an e-mail to [email protected].