About Mary Ann de Buy Wenniger
Wenniger chooses as her subjects: landscapes and seascapes, clothing and clotheslines. People engaged in all sorts of work, and most recently, Aprons with Attitude . They are beautiful celebrations of American life, people and places.
Her unique style of printmaking – collagraphs- are made from plastic glues affixing found materials to a base: fabrics, papers, string, eggshells, feathers abstractly suggesting subjects she has loved and providing unpredictable textures and gestures. The assembled collage is then painted with oil-based paints. Richly colored and permanent and printed on rag paper by means of a roller type intaglio press. Each collagraph print is uniquely colored. It becomes a separate exclusive monotype oil painting.
Mary Ann has enjoyed success not only as a printmaker, but as an informed voice on printmaking. With credentials from several notable schools, including an M.A. in Art Education from Harvard University. Mary Ann has published four titles, of which Collagraph Printmaking, the definitive book on the subject (Watson-Guptill), is still available through Amazon. For forty years she and her late husband, Mace, operated the well-respected Wenniger Graphics in Boston, Rockport, and Provincetown.
Mary Ann now runs Wenniger Cottage Gallery out of Stone Cottage, her home, art showroom and studio.
Premier Printmaking as an art and treasure
Mary Ann studied Art history at Boston University and New York University. She received an M.A. in art education from Harvard and a M.F.A. from Vermont College. Mary Ann learned printmaking at the Radcliffe Institute and DeCordova Museum, and is a self-proclaimed course junkie delighting in learning new things.
Mary Ann was one of the first artists to experiment with the collagraph during its genesis in the 1960's when polymer glues were developed that make it possible to create permanently adhered collaged plates and print them on rag paper using an intaglio press.
She purposely uses new colors for each print; thus each print is unique. The plates themselves are art works. They take weeks to assemble. She uniquely combines elements of sculpture and printmaking. Wenniger collagraphs captivate with their genre scenes, poetic titles reflecting her optimistic spirit. Their hand wrought, painterly surfaces shine with rich colors from heavy printmaking oil inks used. Although printmaking implies multiples, for Wenniger each print becomes a painting.
Wenniger collagraphs are primarily in private homes with some in corporate collections: First Bank of New Hampshire, Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments, Rockefeller collection.