Marlene was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey, but for the last few decades has called the ‘North Coast’ her home. She lives in Beachwood, Ohio with her husband, James Newman. Marlene retired from a 30 year career as a Family Physician in 2012 and completed a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art in 2016.
Marlene shows her work in regional and university exhibits. Most recently in 2020, she participated in Art Made In The Shut Down at Yards Projects, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015, 2016 and 2019 she participated in The Mandel JCCJuried J-Show. In August 2017 she participated in Eastern Edge atUrsuline College. In November 2016, Marlene had a solo show at Coffee Phix in South Euclid. In 2014, she received a Purchase Award from University of Akron’s Center for Conflict Management. In this, her triptych Freedom became part of the collection of the Center for Conflict Management.
Marlene also engages in her community through teaching as an Instructor of Drawing at Beachwood Recreation Center and of Painting at Orange Art Center. Her other interests include reading, weight lifting, and paper crafts.
ARTIST STATEMENT In my previous body of work I explored storefronts and doorways of Cleveland and Akron. In my current work I emerge from the doorway and into the community. I walk the streets of my suburban neighborhood. The physical environment inspires my art and I am trying to capture the suburbs in my paintings. There are few people out and about. The quiet streets can sometimes appear peaceful while other times seem alienating. I use bright, cheerful color to enliven the gray landscapes. Several objects in each painting are depicted with enlarged scale in order to add contrast and movement. In this current series I am painting all the homes on my street in groups of 4.