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Opening Reception: Paige Mulheron + Sandy Deacon

Sandy Deacon earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis. Originally from Memphis, she moved to Provincetown, MA, to continue painting after attending grad school residencies there at the Fine Arts Work Center. She now lives and paints in the bay area of California, but also maintains a painting studio in Provincetown where she works several times a year.

Deacon’s approach to painting and drawing is improvisational within a plan, geometric but also organic, obsessive, tangential, layered and abstract. She considers her canvases little worlds where she can control the result of wrangling some chaos by conducting shapes, rhythms and manipulating light/color to create images and spaces that jive with her.

“For me it really gets back to the serious business of childhood coloring sessions on the playground, where intense discussions and debates about favorite colors took place regularly; and of singing songs to myself while diligently working at finding the right combo of shapes and colors, the supportive collaboration of the all the elements. . . . I still search for that "rightness," that naive joy, that safe space on the page where all was good and beautiful, regardless of the horrors happening outside of the playground fence.”

Paige Mulheron is a Boston based illustrator. Her work, a colorful and detail oriented diary, narrates her story through graphic and bold imagery. Painting to preserve the imaginative powers of her youth, she gives playful personalities to the inanimate and saturates the ordinary. 

With this series, Paige offers an illustrative documentation of Ptown as she sees it. Through this exploration, the artist toys with the original definition of the word “gay”— gleefully making light of her strives toward accepting her queerness, celebrating it, and loving it.