Pointillism exhibit opens Saturday

Pointillism exhibit opens SaturdayMarian Murdoch uses a technique called stippling to render a burro. — Courtesy photo

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Maturango Museum will host an opening reception Saturday, June 23, from 3-5 p.m. for Marian Murdoch’s “Arid Points” exhibit in the Coso Gallery.

“The exhibit features a variety of animals drawn by using the pointillism technique, which employs tiny dots to create the artwork,” said a spokesperson.

Murdoch describes her art as involving “the placement of points of ink by hand, one at a time, in a meticulous process. When all of the points have been placed, selected areas have color added to enhance some of the pieces while others are left strictly black and white.

“We have become a society of haste, rushing from place to place, watching movies which flash moments to us at breakneck speeds,” she said. Murdoch said the art form forces her to slow down allowing her to see the “beauty of the world and capture some of those moments in my work.”

Pointillism, also called stippling, is a dying art form that Murdock is committed to keeping alive.

She lives in Ridgecrest and works at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The Seattle Aquarium has used her illustrations for publications; her artwork has been purchased by physicians for their offices and homes and been auctioned in New York to raise money for breast cancer research. Her works has been purchased by art lovers from “coast to coast” and in the United Kingdom. This exhibit will run until Oct. 1.

Story First Published: 2018-06-22