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Former Washburn teacher to open exhibit during Friday art walk

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Wintergreen Arts Center is hosting the work of local artist Filomena Irving in February.  Her opening reception, “Anticipation,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, during Presque Isle’s First Friday Downtown Art Walk.

“Entering a new decade, reflecting on past, present and future works, are central to my show,” said Irving.  “In art as in music, anticipation is the introduction of a part of a body of work which is about to follow in full.”

Irving is a native of Toronto, Ontario, and a former middle school science teacher in Washburn. 

Five years ago Irving burst onto the local art scene after attending a painting workshop hosted by renowned artist Tim Gagnon.  That experience sparked a new career for Irving, resulting in prolific art sales, commissioned pieces, a collection of wearable art including scarves, beanies, athletic wear as well as bags, yoga mats, greeting cards and more.

Irving works in acrylics and watercolor.  Her subjects are predominantly landscapes, seascapes and florals.  Her passion for travel and gardening often translate themselves into her paintings. 

Irving currently lives on a farm in Washburn with her husband, Scott.

“Join me as I embark on an artistic journey into this new decade full of expectation, hope, and joy coupled with a reflective journey through my works, past, present and future,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served with music provided by Janice Santos. 

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