McGrory shows at Miles Memorial

Feb 16, 2014
“End of the Rainbow” is part of the Miles Memorial show by Polly McGrory of Cushing.

Damariscotta — Through March 21, the Hall Gallery of Miles Memorial Hospital is featuring the paintings of Polly McGrory of Warren. This is the first show in Maine for McGrory, whose subjects range from unusual portraits to colorful experimental compositions.

McGrory lived on Cape Cod for years, painting the gorgeous landscapes of the Cape. After moving to Maine in 2000, she decided to try her hand at painting in oils. She spent every spare minute at the easel, with the goal of producing at least 20 paintings worthy of submitting to galleries.

McGrory’s first stop last December was at River Arts in Damariscotta, where she submitted two paintings; both paintings were juried into the “Celebrating Color” exhibit. She then submitted three paintings to the Miles Committee and won her first exhibit at the hospital’s Hall Gallery.

“I feel quite lucky, at my age, to be doing this, realizing a lifelong dream,” said McGrory. “And I like my paintings to tell a story, sometimes with a touch of humor, sometimes with a bit of mystery.”

The Miles exhibit consists of traditional works and media, as well as more contemporary subjects and treatments. A portion of the proceeds from art sales benefits the Miles Memorial Hospital, located off Bristol Road/Route 129.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

“Self-Portrait with Schnitzel and Picasso” (Artwork by: Polly McGrory)
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