March 8 – April 27
Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, March 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Meg McLean is a painter and children's illustrator living in Lyme, New Hampshire. Her illustrations appear in books and publications such as Click Magazine, Weekly Reader, and Zoo Books, and her paintings are in collections here, there, and everywhere. She has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a member of the Copley Society of Art, Boston. Her website can be found at megmclean.com.
"When I was ten years old, what I wanted from life was simple; namely, to do a cover for The New Yorker. I also wanted a horse, but even I knew that was unrealistic.
I grew up with my parcel of crayons and paints in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where instead of trappings like cities or museums or grocery stores with avocados, we had squeaky-clean air, long dazzling winters, and magniﬁcent Lake Superior. The lake was the backdrop to every view looking north, a slice of deep blue along the horizon. If my childhood had a theme color, that blue would be it.
I don't remember a time when I wasn't compelled to make pictures, inﬂuenced not only by the surrounding countryside and the art on a certain magazine cover, but also by illustrations in my favorite children's books. I poured over them, making copies, trying to ﬁgure out how the artists did what they did.
Oddly, none of the people making these books lived anywhere near my neck of the woods. The East seemed to be the place for artists. When the time came for college, I headed to New England to study art.
Here I am still in New Hampshire, where we have squeaky-clean air
and (not-so-long) dazzling winters. The landscape closely resembles those scenes in the children's books that fed my imagination for so many years. And sure enough, you can't swing a dead cat around your head without hitting another artist.
I do miss Lake Superior, but in a pinch, there's always the Atlantic Ocean. And I'm still waiting for that call from New York . . ."
This is free and open to the public.
Last Updated: 3/7/17