Marcellus Library features Jackie Mott Brown

Artist of the month

By Michele Tock

In the month of August, the Marcellus Free Library will be hosting a show by local artist and author Jackie Mott Brown. She is a member of the Marcellus-Skaneateles Art guild and is self-taught using many types of media to express her art. Acrylic on canvas and wood, embroidery and found objects are all included in her latest collection.

The best words to describe her art would be inspired, unique and whimsical. This very young 78-year-old decided to join the Peace Corps at 50 years old and pick up a paintbrush at 55. And before these endeavors she had a career as an interior designer in the 70s in the Skaneateles area while raising two children following a divorce.

These experiences are clearly visible in her works. As an artist she has the unique ability to convey her personal views on local and global issues. At first glance one might assume these works are folk art consisting of colors that are aesthetically pleasing,but upon closer inspection the viewer understands the message the artist is trying to convey through the subtle strokes of the brush leading to the small inset text in a few of her works. Through these convictions we are delighted with the palette of color and depth of meaning in each work.

Along with being a self-taught artist, she is a published author of short stories and a book that is a collection these stories entitled "291/2 Stories: Embellished Memories and Plain Lies." These tales combine her love of nature and her interest in fantasy. Also included in her collection she has illustrations from her recently published book available for purchase.

Copies of her book are available at the Hitching Post in Skaneateles.

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