Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans

March 31, 2012 - July 15, 2012

mpe_3 Over the past 100 years, the Delaware Art Museum has proudly featured the work of the most accomplished artists in our region. Wilmington-based painter Mary Page Evans works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific landscape, figure, tree, or sky. She is engaged by particularity, making an effort to establish the locale, the time of day, and the quality of light. Not surprisingly, her influences include the French impressionists and post-impressionists, as well as the abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell. Evans has worked at Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny and names Cézanne as an inspiration. The painter Gene Davis described her paintings as “hymns of unadulterated joy,” and this exhibition promises to be a gorgeous celebration of nature and the human form, as well as a retrospective covering more than 40 years of the painter’s distinguished career.
Twilight, 2010
Mary Page Evans (born 1937)
Oil on canvas, 50 1/2 x 43 inches
Collection of Olwen Pongrace


This beautifully illustrated 96-page hardback book, which accompanies the Museum’s exhibition of the same title, features an artist interview and essay by Philadelphia painter Bill Scott and highlights a selection of poems that have inspired Mary Page Evans, as well as works inspired by her pictures. Featured poets include Howard Nemerov, Billy Collins, Moira Linehan, Adrianne Marcus, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, and Susan Jackson.

The book is available for purchase online or in the Museum Store.
Books are $40.50 for Members and $45 for Non-Members.
Mustard Field, c.1994–1998
Mary Page Evans (born 1937)
Pastel and watercolor on paper, 10 x 13 inches
Collection of the artist
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Shenandoah Jazz #3, 2000
Mary Page Evans (born 1937)
Oil on linen, 58 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches
Collection of the artist
Godot Tree #3, 2008
Mary Page Evans (born 1937)
Mixed media on paper, 44 x 42 inches
Collection of the artist


Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans is made possible by Friends of Mary Page Evans, The 1916 Foundation, Fair Play Foundation, The Joshua P. and Elizabeth D. Darden Foundation, and Wakefield Family Fund, Inc.

Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts

Click here to read a press release about the exhibition.