Mary Gelezunas holds an MFA in Theater Costume Design from SUNY/Purchase, where she first used gouache and colored pencils to render costume designs.
Well before that, creating visual art has been an integral part of her life since earliest memory when she drew vibrantly colored flowers on fabric, made mallard duck paper dolls, and became so enamored of the flying horses in Fantasia that she sculpted one with its baby. Since then, she has enjoyed acrylic painting, drawing with pen and ink, jewelry making, collaging, taking photographs, creating textile art, and collecting unusual objects.
Following in the footsteps of her father, an accomplished artist, she took up oil painting when she inherited his hidden wooden box of 1950s oil paints, revealed when cleaning out her parents’ basement.
Always intrigued by abandoned buildings, especially industrial sites, Mary sees us all as part of a very long continuum of history; the ghosts of what came before will linger with our own after our time. She remains fascinated by insects, birds, and industrial equipment; to her, the quintessential postmodern still life consists of three seemingly-randomly-but-artfully-placed traffic cones.
She takes as her credo Marcel Proust’s famous words: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.” That, however, is misquoted; his more accurately-translated words are: “The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is…”
The Membership at Quabbin Art Association is comprised of established and emerging artists and art patrons who play an essential role in our mission. Currently in its sixth year, our Membership is an extension of our growing network. We are proud to provide an online gallery of Members artwork.
Interested in showcasing your art with Quabbin Art Association? All of our members are invited to enjoy the benefit of an online member gallery page including up to six artwork pieces, credentials, artist bio/statement and contact information.
To join our group, or retain your membership, you must pay annual membership dues of $25 for the calendar year September-June. Please make check payable to Quabbin Art Association, P.O. Box 216, Belchertown, MA 01007.
Download, complete and print the Membership Application Form (PDF) for membership renewal or to become a new member.
If you prefer to sign-up in person, Membership Application Forms are available at Quabbin Art Association meetings and events.
All members must be current in dues to participate in any QAA exhibition, on the website, or have their artwork featured in our marketing communications.