CHESTERTOWN — Mary Ellen Mabe’s “Signs of Spring” exhibit will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery during March.

“In March, we are all waiting for signs that the long winter is over,” Mabe said in a news release. “We cherish warmer days and increased sunshine, but March is fickle and sometimes sends us backward to snow and freezing temperatures. Spring arrives though, and the world rejoices!”

Mabe is a long time member of the St. Michaels Art League and was a five year participant in the Avalon Foundation’s Arts in Easton Banner program. She has successfully juried into the annual Local Color Show in Easton, sponsored by the Working Artist’s Forum, winning a Judges Award of Excellence in both 2015 and in 2018.

Mabe also participated in the juried Oxford Fine Arts Show three times and was awarded a second place in the Mountain Maryland Community Quick Draw competition as part of Mountain Maryland Plein Air. She has studied with many well respected artist and teachers from the Eastern Shore, and from other parts of the country, the release states.

In 2015, Mabe was admitted to the Working Artists Forum and became a partner in the Artists Gallery of Chestertown, Maryland in 2019.

“As a girl, I thought that a new box of 64 Crayola crayons was much more than a school supply. It was a world of color and possibilities,” Mabe said in the release. “Today, a new tube of paint is a treasure and a joy. Color is integral to my passion for art and my life.”

In this series of oil paintings, Mary Ellen said she strives to give viewers a “feeling of appreciation for color in both linear and atmospheric perspectives.”

“Laying down compatible colors next to each other in warm and cool tones wakes up a painting and helps the viewer define a pleasing harmony and a picture that speaks to them,” Mabe said.

The Artists’ Gallery is located at 239 High St. in Chestertown. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call the gallery at 410-778-2425.

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