PRINCETON — Barry Mayworm, a new and emerging artist from Princeton, will exhibit his original artwork in the Prairie Arts Center Gallery through the month of September, beginning with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Using watercolors, Mayworm has developed his own unique style called the “mottled look,” which uses marks of various colors and textures to create expressive and enduring images. His art includes landscapes and florals that celebrate the beauty of nature. He also paints cityscapes, which illustrate the architecture and vitality of our city. Barry is a perpetual student of art, always exploring new and interesting ways of creating art.
Mayworm has a degree in structural engineering from the University of Illinois and after a 40-year career in engineering, construction and building, he retired in 2007. “For me retirement was not going to be about sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair watching the world go by. I was going to be actively doing something.” So at age 61, he decided to take some art courses at Morton Arboretum. He found it engaging and stimulating and gradually found himself spending more and more time drawing and painting. It was then that he decided that art would be his second career.
The title of Mayworm’s exhibit is “BJM-An Emerging Artist.” The exhibit will show original artwork created by him from 2008 to the present. It starts with his latest creation, “An Evening at the Theater,” which will be unveiled at the opening reception. This exhibit will feature various original artwork from his collections he titles “Princeton Sketches” and “Pertaining to Flowers,” as well as other individual paintings.
This original watercolor exhibit can be viewed through Sept. 22 during gallery hours from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday.
Mayworm will give a special presentation, “How I Build a Painting,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The exhibit will also be open during Homestead Festival with extended hours on Sept. 14, noon to 5 p.m., and Sept. 15, noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. All events for this exhibit are free and open to the public.