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Introduction by Father Johann G. Roten, S.M.: Marilyn Hart is a local artist and neighbor of the University of Dayton. She is a mother of seven, and has 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She has always been an artist, she tells us, but started painting only at age 65. Does that make her a late bloomer? By no means. “I have always been artistic, but waited to paint after raising seven children.” It shows. Her inspiration is endlessly new. Familiar with a great variety of techniques, she effortlessly switches from figurative to abstract painting, mixing faces and flowers, reaching out to different cultures, and giving new and original meaning to classical titles and themes about Mary. As a result, the portraits of Mary in this exhibit undergo constant transformation. However, it would be terribly wrong to assume that Mrs. Hart uses her artistic talent to make of Mary a simple object of experiment or of idle play with color and technique. This exhibit with the “thousand faces” of Mary hides a long-standing love affair. In the words of the artist: “I have a life-long love affair with the Blessed Mother.” This may be the reason why her heart is as wide as her artistic inspiration is endlessly new. Indeed, the entire proceeds of this exhibit goes to the endeavors of the Marian Library — thanks to Marilyn’s love for Mary and the Marian Library.

Exhibit dates: Oct. 1–Nov. 9, 2012

Graphic designer: Ann Zlotnik

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Dayton, OH


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Faces and Flowers of Mary: An Offering of Paintings



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