Retired psychologist shows her artwork Maggie Davis-Jelly at Art Etc
Art Etc owner Marshall Okin, Artist Maggie Davis-Jelly and Deborah Kelly of Art Etc at Friday’s show.
Photos by Rose Sgarlato
By Rose Sgarlato SPARTA — Local artist Maggie Davis-Jelly opened her Retirement Art Show on April 6 at Art Etc in Sparta. The recently retired psychologist has always been passionate about painting and after years of having a day job, owning a practice as a clinical social worker, Davis-Jelly is hitting the pavement hard with her originals. And although she started painting about 20 years ago, she has had no formal training. Davis-Jelly classifies herself as an abstract landscape artist. “I began paining at age 40. It really was an outlet for me while raising children,” said Davis-Jelly. “I studied under my mentor and friend Wanda Blake of Mt. Arlington and Corrales, New Mexico. I also paint flowers, which brings me joy when needed. ” Art Etc, a new frame studio and art design company located above Panera Bread at 25 Centre Street, hosted the art show and framed all the paintings. The featured 46-piece oil on canvas collection will be on display and available for sale through April 15. Owner Marshall Okin said that Maggie Davis-Jelly was the first featured artist at Art Etc. The invitation only opening event last Friday night gathered friends and former business associates of the artist. Sparta lawyer and Municipal Judge Paris Eliades and his wife Ginny came out to support Davis-Jelly. “We know each other professionally and through our sons,” said Ginny Eliades. “We really enjoy museums and appreciate art. It is nice to have this here in town.” Sparta resident Nancy Ruvo has known Davis-Jelly for many years. “I am astounded at what she’s been doing in her spare time. It’s all beautiful,” said Ruvo. The oil on canvas works of art range from about $400 to $3,000 depending on size. There are also fine art prints available ranging from about $50 to $400. "I knew all my life that I wanted to paint but it wasn't until I turned off my inner critic that I was able to roll up my sleeves and get busy,” said Davis-Jelly. "I'd like to thank my friends, family and colleagues who came out to celebrate with me. I want to also thank Marshall Okin and Deborah Kelly of Art Etc. The folks at Art Etc. are knowledgeable and passionate about art. “ Maggie Davis-Jelly Retirement Art Show April 7 -15, 2018 at Art Etc 25 Centre St, 2nd floor. <URL destination="http://www.artetcnj.com ">www.artetcnj.com