The month of June always brings the excitement of the city of Moscow's Artwalk, which opens this year on Friday, June 12. Many businesses host artists' work, and it is great fun to walk around downtown and see all the art and join in the festivities happening near and in Friendship Square.
The Co-op's artist this June is Maria Maggi, a much-loved Moscow resident whose art delights the soul.
Maria moved to Moscow in 1992 from California to teach in the English department at the University of Idaho. In 1996 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She credits the impressive improvement in her health since that year to lifestyle changes, and she writes about the experience on her blog “Plant-Based Slow Motion Miracle.’”
Maria studied art early in life and as an adult. In fact she designed the cover art for both collections of her poetry that have been published by small presses. She writes of her art, “I try to see patterns of light, and catch the inner 'shine' in all things. I love the many colors in a single color and try to show that complexity when I draw or paint. My favorite thing about Idaho is the sky. It's our 'ocean.’”
I think when you see her art on the Co-op wall, you will discover that Maria's paintings and drawings become one of your favorite things about Idaho. Come and meet the artist on Friday, June 12, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The show will continue through Wednesday, July 29, when the Co-op will host its second ArtWalk artist, about whom I will write next month.