Peggy Call-Conley

Biography

Peggy Call-Conley earned her BFA in Art Education in 1972 from Southeastern Massachusetts University. During her childhood, living in Boston she was exposed to the arts. A family move to rural Middleboro gave her solace and adventures in nature. When she arrived on the South Coast for college she lived in New Bedford and the villages along the coastline. She made her home in South Dartmouth and taught art in private and public schools for 35 years. She raised two sons Matt and Brendan both work in media production.

Peggy has travelled to the Maine coast annually, revisiting an island where she lived and worked for one summer after high school. Through the photographs and paintings she made on these art retreats she shared her passion for the ocean and rocky coastline. Graduate courses in art developed her desire to pursue fine arts further, especially watercolor painting.

Between paintings, she enjoys family, music, yoga, and family visits to Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast. Former Westport Art Group Board Member, Peggy taught two watercolor classes there. Peggy continues to teach groups privately.

She received awards in juried exhibitions for her paintings. Peggy has also done commissions for private home and building portraits. Her paintings are in private national and international collections. As a plein air painter, she loves arriving at a location, lugging her gear, taking in the sights and sounds and being there. What catches her eye at first glance determines her composition.

Artist’s Statement

I paint what intrigues and surrounds me. My eye may be drawn to a shadow’s shape, contrasting light, or subtle color changes. The personal challenge is to complete a sense of place. While painting on location, I aim to capture compatibility with nature; including the energy which exists momentarily: stillness, tension, motion, strength, tranquility or serenity. My subject matter is primarily coastal views in watercolor of landscapes, seascapes and architectural details.

Resume

Education

  • 1972 BFA in Art Education Southeastern Massachusetts University
  • Ongoing Professional Development MFA/MAE 45 graduate credits

Art Educator

  • Middleborough Public Schools 1976-2014
  • Friend’s Academy 1982-1986
  • Westport Art Group Watercolor Classes 2015-2018

Professional Memberships

  • Marion Art Center
  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society
  • Bourne Wareham Art Association
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Group Exhibitions

  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society juried show, “Light and Shadow” June 2018
  • Spring Bull Gallery “Irish Eyes” show March 2018
  • Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival June 2016, 2017, 2018
  • The Art Drive 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Little Compton Community Center Summer Shows Annually, 2008-present
  • Marion Art Center Members Shows Annually 2002-present
  • Nonquitt Summer Shows Annually 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017
  • Gallery 65 “First Glances” solo show 2016
  • Marion Art Center juried two person show “Coastal Landscapes” 2016
  • Westport Art Group Community Shows, Summer and Spring, 2002-2018
  • Spring Bull Gallery, “Les Petites” Show 2009
  • Bourne Wareham Art Association Shows, Onset, 2001, 2002, Bourne Library 2016
  • Padanaram Art Show and Sidewalk Sale, 2002
  • Fairhaven Homecoming Days 2001, 2002

Awards

  • Westport Art Group “Spring Matters” Spring Juried Show 2018 First Prize
  • Westport Art Group “In My Life” Spring Juried Show 2017 Second Prize
  • Little Compton Community Center Juried Show, The David Aldrich Award of Excellence, for “The Inlet” 2016
  • Westport Art Group “Coastal Light” Open Juried Show, Honorable Mention, for, “Coastal Light” 2015
  • Little Compton Community Center Juried Show, The David Aldrich Award of Excellence, for “Kayak Beach”, 2015
  • Fairhaven Homecoming Days Art Show, First Prize, “Acquaintances III” 2002
  • Fairhaven Homecoming Days Art Show, Honorable Mention, for “Sanctuary” 2001
  • Bourne Wareham Art Association Art Show, Third Prize for “Sunlight and Sunflowers” 2001
  • Bourne Wareham Art Association Art Show, Honorable Mention, for “Little River” 2000