Art & Light is thrilled to welcome “ABSTRACT FABULOUS” into the gallery to kick off September with a masterful collection of work. Abstract Fabulous is a diverse group of contemporary female artists. Each of have a traditional art education and has firmly established herself as a contemporary, abstract artist. All of them represent extraordinary talents of wondrous aesthetics and styles, with prospects of tremendous careers laying ahead of them. If you are an artist, art collector, curator or simply an art lover, you should definitely keep your eyes open for these “Ab Fab” artists.

This group show was inspired by the National traveling exhibit of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” in 2016, a groundbreaking show that celebrated the often unknown female artists of the abstract movement. It was the first exhibit of abstract works by women artists since the movement began in the 1950s. Roles for women - and women artists - have changed dramatically since these artists made their marks. However, women artists have not fared as well as their male counterparts in the art business throughout history.

The idea of a group exhibit for these “Abstract Fabulous” artists also came about as a by-product of the expanding relationship between them in the course of ongoing monthly critique sessions. Mutually supportive of each other’s creative strengths, these eight artists have traded ideas, techniques and have even collected each other’s works. The show is intended to provide an insider’s glimpse into today’s female abstract art movement.


Maryann Forehand

Mary Ann was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. From an early age, she was drawn to art in all its forms. After raising her children, Mary Ann enrolled in East Carolina University where she earned a BFA in Painting Summa Cum Laude as well as “Most outstanding senior in the School of Art” and “Most outstanding senior in Painting and Drawing.” At ECU, Mary Ann was exposed to metalsmithing, sculpture, woodworking as well as painting and drawing. Over the past two years, Mary Ann’s passion for painting has overtaken other forms of artistic expression and she now paints in her studio daily. A juried member of Piedmont Craftsman, Inc. for metalwork, Mary Ann has also had her paintings featured in Southern Living magazine. She is represented by Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC.


Sally Mamer Brown

Sally is a nationally known artist with an extensive background in fiber art. She has won numerous fiber art awards and has led classes and workshops on weaving and needle arts etc. throughout the US. In addition to a degree in fashion design, Sally has studied with top art instructors such as Richard Siegel, Bonnie Brown Fergus, Peggy Taylor, Jim Crompton, Andy Braitman, and Curt Butler. Her art practice includes pottery and painting in many different mediums including oils, watercolor and batik, the Asian art of wax painting. Her current passion is acrylic painting. Sally’s work has been featured in Southpark magazine and Shuttle, Spindle and Dye Pot. Sally is based in Charlotte, NC.


Elaine Connors

Elaine is a self-taught artist making of the moment paintings that come from a heightened state of awareness following a life-threatening medical crisis. Over the years, she has developed an ability to capture the feeling tone of that state of awareness in her art. Creating her own methodology and accepting whatever choices arise, Elaine creates her own personal universe and then allows others to enter that magical space. Her work has been featured in magazines and shown extensively in many national and regional galleries. She has been represented by The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA and Santa Monica, CA, and Bo-Bart Gallery, Taos, NM among others. Elaine lives and works in Charlotte, NC.

Dagmar Hollmers

A native of Germany, Daggi showed an early interest in drawing and painting and was very fortunate to be surrounded by art, music, literature and have early exposure to theater, concerts, and trips to museums. She received her formal art education at the School of Art and Design, Offenbach, Germany, majoring in Illustration and Graphic Design. She continued her studies at 'F.I.T.' School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design. Her professional background includes stints as a Fashion Illustrator, Textile Designer, Master Framer, and Gallery Director. Her move to Florida gave her a chance to explore Mixed Media Painting and Collage, participating in many local, regional, national and international shows winning numerous awards. Before she moved to the Carolinas she was awarded a one Woman Show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, a true highlight. Always curious she took up photography and this has now become her new passion. Her focus is mainly nature and our connection to it, the same theme she explored in her paintings, now in just a different art form.

Wan Marsh

Wan is an artist and designer whose work has won numerous awards, including The Members Hall of Fame Award on Ovation TV. She was one of four artists chosen to work on public art during the DNC in Charlotte, NC, in 2012. A native North Carolinian, she studied art at the Governor's School of North Carolina at Salem College, Winston Salem, NC, and has also studied at Penland School of Craft, Spirit Square, and CPCC in Charlotte, NC. She has worked with many internationally known abstract, collage and mixed media artists. She has degrees in Interior Design and Horticulture Technology with specialization in Landscape Design. Wan conducts workshops nationwide and also teaches privately in her garden studio which was featured in Studios Magazine. Her work can be seen in selected galleries worldwide. Her work is collected by individuals and corporations alike.

Lambeth Marshall

A native North Carolinian, Lambeth has been working in clay for over 40 years and is also an accomplished painter and landscape designer. Her art has been featured in 30 galleries and museums and is part of many private and corporate collections throughout the US. Images of her work have been featured in magazines such as AmericanStyle and Clay Times. Her pottery has been highlighted in a number of books and magazines. With three very distinct pottery styles, Marshall’s work has become readily recognizable in the long tradition of NC pottery. In recent years Lambeth has returned to painting in acrylic and mixed media. She studied ceramics, painting, and design at UNCC, CPCC, Queens College and the Penland School of Crafts and has taught at a professional level at Queens College. She is represented by Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC and Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston Salem, NC.

Sherry O’Neill

Born and raised in Florida, Sherry received a BFA from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. Her highly visual and conceptual pieces have won her wide recognition including memberships in Florida Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists, International Society of Experimental Artists, and National Collage Society. She has also received a multitude of exhibition awards and her works have been shown in prominent galleries throughout the US and have appeared in many design and decor magazines. Sherry continues to work as a teaching artist and leads sought-after abstract and technical workshops for artists at all levels. She is represented by Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Danielle Peleg Gallery, New Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Coast Gallery Laguna Beach, CA.

Mary Elizabeth Peterson

ME is an American abstract artist based in North Carolina and Connecticut. A classically trained painter, her practice focuses on creating “Slow Art” – paintings that deliberately draw viewers in to increase well-being or what she calls flourishing. Her work is inspired by plant and marine life, water and ecological circumstances. Peterson is a graduate of UConn and The Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and has received an artist residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. ME’s work has been shown at The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Slater Museum and The Corcoran Museum. Her work has also been written about widely in print and digital publications have appeared in major motion pictures and TV sets and are held in private and corporate collections worldwide. ME is represented by Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Lillian August, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma Home.