Mary Wells, born: 1946, Providence, Rhode Island.I was born and raised in New England. In the mid-1960s I moved to Portland, Oregon where I have lived ever since. My life has encompassed a variety of artistic, business and family activities, including textile and clothing design, publication production, book design, parenting six children and working as a professional artist.

I began my artistic career as a textile designer. After graduating from school I was mentored in the craft of hand-printing woodblock textiles and for several years I owned a small shop where I sold my textiles, clothing I designed using these textiles and other locally produced crafts.

During the 1970s my focus changed to print media and I worked in publication production and designed books through my business, Publishers Bookworks.

In 1999—after having dedicated myself to my large and lively family for many years—I began fulltime studies at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) with concentrations in drawing and book arts. The summer of 2000 I attended ‘Venice through Painting, Drawing and Collage’ in Venice, Italy.
I received my BFA degree from OCAC in 2003. Since earning my BFA I have returned to my life as a professional artist focusing primarily on the medium of paper mosaic. My work has been exhibited in the Pacific Northwest, New York City, Massachusetts, and Italy.

   
   
SELECTED SOLO, JURIED AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
2016 Art on the Vine, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2015 Solo Exhibit, Mary Wells: Paper Mosaic, La Macina di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Italy
2015 22nd Annual Sitka Art Invitational, Portland, Oregon
2014 Trompe L’Oeil, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
2014 Contempor-Art 2014, Galleria d’Arte Mentana, Florence, Italy
2014 Paper: An Invitational Exhibition, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Art on the Vine, Art Invitational, OCAC, Portland, OR
2013 30th Anniversary Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
2013/13/14 Almost Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
2013 Solo Exhibit, Paesaggio, Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Italy
2012 Redux + 50, 50 Years of Art Exhibits, The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
2012/14 10th and 12th Around Oregon Annual, The Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon
2012 Solo Exhibit, Renaissance Impressionism, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2012 Solo Exhibit, Ensemble: Paper Mosaic, Viridian Artists, NYC, NY
2012/13/14 New Work by Gallery Artists, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2011 Moved: Gallery Artists Group Show, Viridian Artists, NYC, NY
2011 OCAC Alumni Exhibition: Works in Drawing, Painting & Metals, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 Watermarks: Impressions of Venice, La Macina di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Italy
2011 Group Exhibition: New Works by Northwest Artists, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexiinton
2011 New Artists and Affiliates, Italian Sojourns, Viridian Artists, NYC, NY
2010 16th Annual Juried Exhibit of Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination, Viridian Artists, NYC, NY
2010 Solo Exhibit, Passeggiata, La Macina di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Italy
2010 Solo Exhibit, Bits and Pieces, Antica Macelleria Cecchini, Panzano, Italy
2010 Solo Exhibit, Viste di Vignamaggio, Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Italy
2010 Art 2010, Viridian Artists, New York City, New York
2009/10/12/13/14 Conversations with Nature: Annual Sitka Art Invitational, Portland, Oregon
2009 Annual Juried Miniature Show, Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon
2008 Solo Exhibit, Momento, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 3-Person Exhibit, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 2007 Craft Biennial: A Review of Northwest Art and Craft, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 2-Person show, Guardino Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 Road Show, Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2007 Oregon Visions, ArtCentric (Art Center), Corvallis, Oregon
2007 Alumni Centennial Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2006/07 Portland Open Studios, Portland, Oregon
2006 Parts & Pieces, National Collage Competition, ArtCentric (Art Center), Corvallis, Oregon
2006 24th Annual Visual Arts Showcase 2006, Beaverton, Oregon
2005 Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2003 Emerging Artists Invitational, Cabell Center, Portland, Oregon
2003 Thesis Show, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
   
AWARDS:
2007 Merit Award Winner, 2007 Craft Biennial: A Review of Northwest Art and Craft, Hoffman Gallery, Portland Oregon
2007 Popular Opinion Artist's Award, Oregon Visions, Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon
2006 First Place Mixed Media, 24th Annual Visual Arts Showcase 2006, Beaverton, Oregon
2006 Curator's Choice Award, Parts & Pieces, National Collage Competition, Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon
   
EDUCATION:  
2011 La Machina di San Cresci, Greve, Italy, Luigi Gheri, workshop in fresco painting
2011 The Center for Book Arts, Artist Book Strategies: Exploring Music and Musical Scores, NYC
2003 BFA, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2000 Continuing Education: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Venice through Painting, Drawing, and Collage: Venice, Italy
1988 - 1989 Marylhurst College, Portland, Oregon
1982 - 1984 Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
   
PUBLICATIONS:
Oregon Art Beat, OPB, April 2015
Patrick Collier, "Spot On: Little lambs eat ivy", Oregon Art Watch, May 16, 2012
Ed McCormack, “Paper Mosaics of the Sublime: the Unique Art of Mary Wells,” Gallery & Studio Magazine,
February/March, 2012 (illustrated)
The Artistic Time 3, La Machina di San Cresci, 2011 (Illustrated)
The Artistic Time 2, La Machina di San Cresci, 2010 (Illustrated)
Studio Visit Magazine, 2008
The Oregonian, 10/2/2008
Row, D.K. “Art of craft deserves sharper perspective,” The Sunday Oregonian, August 12, 2007 (Illustrated)
Gallivan, Joseph. “In the idea factories,” Portland Tribune, October 10, 2006, p. B1-2 (Illustrated)
Creative Outlook, 2002
   
RESIDENCIES:  
2010-14 La Macina di San Cresci, Greve in Chianti, Italy, April-May, 2010, January, 2011, June-July, 2011, July-August, 2013, July-August, 2014
   
WORKSHOPS TAUGHT  
  Piecing It Together, Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Italy, July 2013
   
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