People and Places
Paintings by Marian Berg and Barbara Endicott
Exhibit runs from 02/06/2020 – 02/27/2020
Opening reception and free portrait demo by the artists Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 6pm – 9pm.
Barbara was born in Southern California, later living in Santa Rosa and San Francisco Ca. On a hitchhiking trip when she was 18, she fell in love with New Mexico and later moved there and has called it home for nearly 40 years. Another formative experience was when from 1980-1982 she lived in Paris, France where she drew in city ateliers and also posed as an artist model.
She has a life long passion for visual art. Her first “aha” moment of “I want to be an artist!” started in second grade when she did her first self portrait, filling in a traced outline of herself on butcher paper. Her older brother James, who later became a free lance and highly regarded illustrator, was also a strong influence. She was fascinated by her Uncle Larry’s oil paintings of nudes.
Barbara earned a BFA at UNM in 1985. Some years later in 1996, she returned to UNM to earn teacher certification K-12 in art . She taught art from 1999- 2012 mainly at Highland High School and several other schools. Teaching art was a useful analytical approach to art making and also an exposure to the many mediums and methods of visual art.
After retiring in 2012, she was able to pursue art full time. She continues to go to life drawing groups in Albuquerque especially the 3rd Str. group, occasionally taking classes at the NM Art League, and working in her studio at home. Her primary interest has been portraiture and figurative work as well as landscape and still-life. Her preferred mediums are oil paints, charcoal, relief printmaking and ball point pen for sketching. She also makes clay masks and other objects in clay.
Marian has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of New Mexico forty years ago and has been joyfully painting them ever since. Marian is an award-winning artist and works in several mediums, primarily oil painting and fused glass. She met her fellow artist, Barbara Endicott, when they attended art classes together at UNM in the early 1980’s. They continued their friendship over the years, usually meeting weekly to paint the figure at a local art group, ABQ Third Street.
Marian is also a Registered Nurse. After returning from a life changing experience in Haiti volunteering with survivors of the devastating earthquake of 2010, Marian finished her graduate work in art education at UNM. With the generous support of the New Mexico Art League and the Abruzzo family, she started the Art Heals Project at the UNM Children’s Hospital. This outreach project provides art experiences for hospitalized children, especially those with contagious and/or life-threatening illness. Since 2013, she has visited thousands of children in their hospital rooms using a mobile art cart and facilitating art projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who excel in the arts and give back to their communities. Marian believes that art making is a healing and life affirming process.