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Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist Program

Bi-monthly, we feature a different artist or group of artists on the Gallery Wall on the 2nd floor of the library. Please contact the Adult Department Director with questions about this program.


Interview with Mary Marchese, whose work is on display on our Gallery Wall on the 2nd floor of the library through September.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Glen Ellyn in 1925 and lived there until I got married in 1947. We moved back to Glen Ellyn in 1992 and I am a current resident.

Tell us about your collection.

I would title my collection, “The people I love.” I work mainly with oils. The collection displayed at the library is some of the paintings I’ve done for my loved ones.

What inspires your art?

I am inspired by the facial expressions of the people in the photos who I decide to paint. I was inspired to become an artist when, back in 1934, when I was in 4th grade at St. Petronille in Glen Ellyn, I saw the older girls drawing during recess and I just thought it would be fun. Other than painting and drawing most of my life, I was not a professional artist. However I drew throughout my high school career and was elected the artist for the Girl Reserves at Glenbard High School. Because World War II was going on in the 1940s, there was no yearbook, so I actually created my own yearbook and even drew all of the pictures.

What about your art is challenging?

My main challenge in producing art is finding time without interruptions in order to work.

How has art influenced your life?

Art has influenced my life in the fact that I can see the beauty in everything and I’m always imagining that things would make good paintings. Throughout the years my children were influenced by my abilities and some went on to become artists themselves. My husband was a band director and over the years I would design and create the stage decorations and parade decorations for the instruments.

What do you love about being an artist?

The thing I love the most about being an artist is the appreciation it gives me for all of the beautiful things and people in the world.


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