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March 7, 2013

The legacy of Margaret Laurie

Living Colors gala, show salute artist's watercolors

Local Colors, the downtown artists collaborative in Gloucester, will pay homage to one of its past members, the late Margaret Laurie, a watercolor painter for more than half a century.

The Main Street shop will host a show of her work, organized by her daughter, Jeannine Lynch, who along with Peter Phillips will perform fiddle music on flute and guitar for the festive occasion Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Laurie, a Gloucester native daughter, was a member of Local Colors for about seven years, and she is still fondly remembered by her artistic colleagues. She died last September at the age of 83.

”We are all so thrilled to do this show and we all want to support this,” said Sally Seamans, also known as Tin Can Sally, for her whimsical tin and wire works.

Seamans noted that Laurie was a long-time member who had a great following on Cape Ann.

”She was our wonderful watercolor artist. She was so recognizable in her artwork,” said Seamans. “My favorite part of her artwork was the waves. She did waves more spectacularly than anyone. She had great power in her waves — they are just stunning. I would sit in the shop and just look at them.”

Nearly all the 18 Local Color artists are expected to be at the public event.

Laurie worked out of her East Gloucester studio, which was also a popular place for her shows. She was a teacher for decades, sharing her varied experiences with her countless students.

“I think painting is the ultimate harmonious expression of a love of life,” she said in an artist statement.

In an interview the year before her death, Laurie said she had fond memories of her teaching and the feedback from her students. One former student from out of town stopped Laurie while leaving the North Shore Arts Association to tell her, “Every time I paint a tree, I think of you.”

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