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Experiments in Texture and Style
The Art of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner
June 10, 2022

T
he work of local artist Marguerite Chadwick-Juner can be seen throughout the county – on flyers for the Pamlico County Arts Council, as a mural on the front wall of the Grantsboro Walmart, and as the featured artist at The Village Gallery for the month of June.

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Reef Music Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

Chadwick-Juner has been creating professionally for decades, continually working in different mediums and styles. Her exhibit at The Village Gallery features oil and acrylic works in photorealism, impressionism, and fantastical maritime scenes.

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Detail from On Rails Marguerite Chadwick-Juner
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Detail from Eirene Wears a Klimt Kimono Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

Presenting a visually diverse body of work doesn’t always work to the artists’ advantage. “It can be a problem, particularly when it turns into gallery representation because they want to see a consistent body of work,” says Chadwick-Juner. “It works against me. But I can’t help it – I’m just interested in a lot of things. And I like to experiment and try different things.”

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Cupid’s Card in Magnolia Moonlight Marguerite Chadwick-Juner
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Detail from Shore Cottages in Moonlight Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

“Light interests me. I’m trying to capture something that’s maybe not necessarily there… you’re never going to see those colors in Spanish moss in New Bern, but – yet – you feel like you do.”

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Spanish Glow in New Bern Marguerite Chadwick-Juner
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Detail from Emperors Enjoy Monet Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

Chadwick-Juner’s latest artistic exploration is a series called Reef People. It was inspired by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, a British artist who created life castings and set them at the bottom of the ocean to help encourage reef regrowth. Chadwick-Juner works to include more dynamic movement in her work, “mostly because it’s something [deCaires Taylor] can’t do.”

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Streamin’ on the River Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

And these creations are not paintings as much as they are collages of acrylic paint she has manipulated with pours, flows, scraping, and even smashing the paints.

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Reef Sighting Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

Several of her Reef People paintings are on tour. But you can see several more, along with her other works, at The Village Gallery through the month of June.

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Artist Marguerite Chadwick-Juner

The Village Gallery is open noon to 5p on Wednesdays and Sundays, and 10a – 5p, Thursday – Saturday.

Posted Friday June 10, 2022 by Allison DeWeese


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