Mary Murphy’s retrospective painting show, on display at the Sunderland Gallery, Nov. 20-Dec. 30, is a splendid array of work done from the 1980’s to 2015 both here and abroad.  

Stretching into every nook and cranny of the gallery east of St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, this show is a must-see for anyone interested in keeping up with high quality painting in Omaha. 

Hung expertly into groups by the Cultural Center staff, these large and sumptuous oils and acrylics, as well as ink on copper monotypes, enhance one another by their proximity.

Through out her career, Murphy’s paintings have represented the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of her experience, especially travel.

“I seek to explore these avenues so that I may create a personal visual syntax,” she explains in her artist statement. “Composition and color create comparisons that are paramount during the process of painting…my goal is to find a way to transform personal information for the viewer to seek their own way of enjoying the nuance of life.”

Included in this retrospective are works from the Yangtze River Series in 1998 to Memories of Portofino in 1999, ongoing New York work, and Lily & Beets, shown, from her Omaha studio. For details and gallery hours, go to

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