Arty New Year

I’m kicking off 2018 with a piece in an art show!
My main creative focus is writing, so it’s really exciting for me to spread my artistic wings every now and again. I’ll be part of a special show at the Karnitz Art Gallery, 223 E. State Street, 2nd Floor, in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

The owner, operator, manager, and contributor, Cindy Karnitz, opened the space in November of last year.

In honor of her January birthday, she’s hosting the 100/100 Birthday Show featuring 100 pieces by 100 artists priced at $100 (or less).


The show opens January 12, 2018 and will run through Jan 30, 2018. There is a Collector’s Preview Event Thursday, January 11 at 6 PM – 9 PM. Art aficionados are encouraged to attend for first dibs. $5 per person, RSVP appreciated–click here to let Cindy know you’re coming.

It’s a scientifically proven fact that ART can make you happy. Don’t let the winter doldrums get you down. Brighten your mood with original art. And cake.
It’s a birthday party, so of course there will be cake! (at Thursday’s sneak peek and Friday’s opening.)

This is my submission:

It’s a print I did when I was in school…and yet, it’s never been more relevant. I’ve titled it Media 2017. Come to the gallery and take a close look. Make note of the visual metaphors. I think it’s a powerful piece.

Writing-wise, I’m currently working through edits and cover art for my upcoming publication, A Stranger’s Child.

A Stranger’s Child is a contemporary continuation of Pandora’s Box and tells the story of a young woman who is orphaned and begins a trek that reveals her fate as a daughter of Pandora. Coming to terms with her newfound heritage is not easy, she was raised in the real world (of missionaries!), but a series of events changes her mind and sets her on a path to fulfill her destiny. This stand alone book will be the first in a series called The Pandoran Legacy.

Stay tuned…
and in the meantime, check out the Karnitz Art Gallery!


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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2 Responses to Arty New Year

  1. says:

    I knew I had a talented child in my class when I had Mary White, but you are really going great guns! Proud of you, Mary!

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  2. Congratulations, Mary — this is awesome!!

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