River Arts presents a solo show of Marli Thibodeau’s abstract paintings in the River Room from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2. Introducing her emerging body of work in a show titled “Innate Expression,” Thibodeau will be available in the gallery on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss her process with visitors.

Marli Thibodeau is a contemporary artist born in the Hudson Valley of New York, currently living in Rockland. Influenced by the natural world and the lineage of Abstract Expressionism, artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Perle Fine, and Franz Kline have inspired her direction toward non-objective paintings.  She has been immersed in the study of the landscape around her and the inner landscape of self-discovery through movement and visual arts. Studying painting, commercial art, and photography in high school, and later on, a nature-based martial art, she credits her early teachers for cultivating her love of the arts. For more information about Thibodeau see her website: MarliThibodeau.com.

Thibodeau says, “I believe that everyone has a unique way of expressing the experience of who they are, and I’ve discovered that mine is through un-choreographed visual and movement art. As I paint, I am continuously responding to what is here in the moment – to the instinctual connection of what is rising on the inside and how it is expressing in relation to what is on the canvas, creating a dialog between myself and my work.”

The intimate River Room promises a feast of lush paint, beautiful gestures and intuitively modulated color in this expressive exhibition. This is an exuberant show for anyone interested in abstract painting to enjoy.

River Arts is located at 36 Elm St. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 563-6868.