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Marymount University’s Barry Art Gallery will exhibit the art of Sheila Mahoney Keefe in Captured Moments: A Decade of Discovery − Selected Paintings 1995-2005 from January 19 through March 1, 2007. The Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, January 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception or to visit the exhibition at any time during the Gallery’s hours of operation. There is no admission fee.

Ms Keefe is a nationally known artist who resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Keefe’s art is often described as mystical and is inspired by her international travels. Her journeys, especially to Egypt in 1980, triggered an affinity for the ancient, primitive, and mysterious. It led to continued exploration in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Mesoamerica. Keefe’s work merges influences from the East and West.

Her paintings appear iconic, since they are often done on wood. Keefe chisels the wood before painting the surface with a mix of materials, including gold leaf, pumice, acrylic, and gouache. She often incorporates wooden doors that open to an interior image. Her art is mystical, but conveys a positive aura. In an interview with THE Magazine, Keefe explains: “Although there’s a lot of black in my paintings, they’re not about darkness. They’re about the light. What I try to do with the way I use color is to have it emerge from the black. My work is really about the light coming out of the dark.”

The Barry Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., an Friday and Saturday, l0 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Bass and (703) 284-1561.