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Lived/Active: Maryland/Massachusetts      Known for: village genre, architecture, seaports

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Biography from McBride Gallery:
Carol Dyer was born September 11, 1933 and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first introduction to art was through her aunt, Margaret Brown, who owned a gallery in Boston. She encouraged her as a child to take art lessons at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which turned out to be the last formal art training she had. Being an only child, Dyer had many hours to express herself artistically. Her mother made sure that there were always art supplies available.

Carol Dyer's work is best known for its contemporary folk style with brightly colored, carefully executed records of local architecture and landscapes. The paintings are detailed and accurate renderings of the times. Collectors of her art remark that her paintings tell very happy stories. They see people going about their daily routines in her paintings. Dyer wants people to read her paintings like a book for the enjoyment and insight into earlier times and places.

In the late 1960's, when her children were in school, Dyer started painting for pleasure and relaxation. In the mid-1970's she became more serious about her art and began painting professionally.

Her first serious paintings focused on scenes and landmarks from the Delmarva Peninsula along the Delaware coast. Painted in a primitive folk-art style, she did work that captured family holidays enjoyed by residents of Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, many who had journeyed by rail and coach to enjoy the tranquility of the seashore. Many of the buildings, both historic homes and small shops shown in her early scenes no longer stand, due to time, hurricanes, and the unending wave of development.

Dyer also enjoyed the art of calligraphy and has integrated it into her paintings through the use of signs to identify places, things and people. It has become a trademark in her paintings to be able to read all the signs and placards to discover where the scene is located.

The regular summer exhibition of her art at the Rehoboth Art League in Delaware led to her collaboration with a Washington dentist, Dr. Ralph Jones, and the creation of the "Splendor of Washington" series. Our Capitol's famous landmark buildings are portrayed as they appeared at the turn of the twentieth century with imaginative illustrations and stories of the people who lived in the city during those times. This Washington series now numbers some three dozen scenes celebrating most national holidays. Washingtonians, diplomats, and visitors from all over the world have enjoyed her Christmas in Washington paintings.

In 2002 she was asked to create the poster for Mrs. George W. Bush's [Laura] National Book Festival 2002, sponsored by the Library of Congress.

During the past several years, Dyer has been able to explore her folk art with a maritime theme thanks to the support of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. She has traveled to all corners of the United States to paint the most significant American seaports and harbors as they might have looked at the turn of the twentieth century. Researching the history, culture and architecture of our famous seaports has added a new dimension to her art.

Group exhibitions include the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and Mount Vernon shops, Washington Press Club.

ONE-WOMAN EXHIBITIONS:
Sea Crest, Bethany Beach, Delaware
Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, Delaware
Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, Maryland
McBride Gallery, Annapolis Maryland
Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut

When not painting, Dyer spends her days wandering through antique print and bookshops, gathering ideas on scenes and people from America's past. In her travels, she has filled numerous notebooks with sketches of scenes, celebrations, people, and buildings that find their way into one of her paintings. The number and contents of these notebooks keeps growing; she says, there are many years of painting and creating stories of our past through folk art.



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