Joining the Octarines this year for the Encore show (May 1 – 10, 2015) is Mary Karavos
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Mary’s formal art training took place at the Ontario College of Art. Following a juried application process in her final year, Mary was accepted to study fine art in Florence, Italy. Florence became home for many years; during her time in Florence surrounded by the history, the architecture and the people Mary found herself drawn to paper fiber as a medium for her art.
Collections of her art have been seen in solo, group and juried exhibitions in Bologna, Italy, New York City, Paris and in various galleries and juried exhibitions across Ontario and Quebec.
In June 2014 following a jurying process of both her figurative and abstract work the Arts-Sciences-Lettres Academy of Paris awarded Mary the Bronze Medal. (The Arts- Sciences – Lettres Academy was founded in 1915)
In December 2014 Maryʼs art received “prix du Jury” at the SNBA (Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts} International exhibition at the Carrousel de Louvre in Paris, France. The SNBA is one of Paris’s oldest and most prestigious shows founded 153 years ago.
Vibrant color and rich texture have become the signature of Mary’s work. After more than twenty years she is still exploring her love for paper and the creative process involved in an original work of art.