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Tenacre Art Gallery

The mission of the Tenacre Art Gallery (TAG) is to inspire, enrich and fuel the creative spirit of our students, staff and parents by presenting thought-provoking artwork and welcoming exceptional artists to the Tenacre Community. TAG hosted its first exhibition in the spring of 2007. When artists exhibit their work at Tenacre, they also agree to work with students in art class. This has been a wonderful opportunity for Tenacre students, who have learned from painters, photographers, illustrators and other artists.

Current TAG artist: Deborah Stanton

TAG welcomes artists Deborah Stanton, whose work will be exhibited in the Tenacre Art Gallery until early November.

Deborah Garbee Stanton grew up with a twin sister and a big bother in Virginia. She and her twin completed the first year of college in a 10-week Advanced Placement summer program, followed by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking in 1978 from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (Richmond, VA). In 1983, she earned a Master's degree in Painting from California College of Arts (Oakland, CA), married, and moved to Massachusetts, followed by years in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Hampton, Virginia, before moving again to Wenham, Massachusetts. 
Ms. Stanton's art career began with years of showing art in galleries and competitions, To support her art in the early years, Ms. Stanton worked many unrelated jobs, such as lifeguarding, teaching disabled people to swim, running a therapeutic pool for disabled children, and exercising and caring for horses. In the art field, she has worked as an advertising agency art director and advertising illustrator, and has taught art to children and adults. She has taught drawing and painting for the Danville Museum, in Virginia; for Covenant Christian Academy in Beverly and Peabody, Mass; for North Shore Regional and Essex Tech Adult Education; and for many private classes and students. Over the past 24 years, she has completed and sold artworks for commission. She currently teaches Art History for Gordon College (Wenham, MA), while teaching drawing and painting skills in private courses, including one now at the Danvers Art Association. 
Deborah Stanton's art is very detailed. It invites you to look closely, to relate what you see to your own experiences and memories, and thus to find your own meanings. She believes that there is an artist inside every person and hopes that her work will encourage you!

Artist Deborah Stanton

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