Artist's exhibit is spiritually inspired


Maureen O’Neill


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Edgecombe Arts Council is set to exhibit the recent work by Tarboro resident Maureen O’Neill in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery at Tarboro’s historic Blount-Bridgers House.

“Interior Veils,” a series of works done in pastel will open with a reception in the gallery 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The artist will give a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. “Interior Veils” will be on exhibit until March 16. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.

O’Neill’s new series of veils in pastel is inspired by the Celtic tradition and belief in “thin places,” or spaces where the distance between heaven and earth is close. In these spaces the veil is momentarily lifted and we see “God shaped space.” In her work, the idea of the veil is connected to the experience of the landscape and interior spaces. 

“Increasingly I am aware that my spiritual life, my meditation and prayer, is not separate from my studio practice, but rather part of it. It is in this space of making that I feel most connected to living,” O’Neill said.

Maureen O’Neill was born in Holyoke, Mass. She earned her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. She currently is the director of exhibitions for the Barton Art Galleries and assistant professor of art at Barton College in Wilson. She has resided in Tarboro since 2006.

O’Neill will also offer a Saturday workshop in pastel. Details will be posted on the Edgecombe Arts website.