The Affecter

MUSE Gallery will be closed from March 13th through March 31st

 We are concerned about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the health of our patrons, visitors and the members of our cooperative gallery.

This is a challenging time in our community and we want to continue to inspire and share the power of art with our exhibitions. 
Our exhibition continues to be open by appointment.
Contact Martha Hope Carey -
March 4
March 29, 2020
Meet the Artist: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020
noon - 5pm
First Friday: 
Friday, March 6, 2020
5 - 8pm

‘The Affecter’ was the name given to an ancient Greek artist, a reference to his emotive style. Looking at images of his work led me to think about art, time, and what we are taught about affect. For generations in New England, a primer filled with warnings about the consequences of straying from the Puritans’ path taught reading and writing. This was a child’s first plunge into the emotional world of words. Those taught to read with this primer were also taught what to feel – mostly, fear. That kind of generational emotional framing is in ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, yet another scary old ‘primer’. Some of the titles of my paintings come from those two sources, connecting my history as a New Englander, which was shaped by these kinds of tales, and my work in abstraction, that wordless expression of the hope of an unbounded emotional life.