What is right in the art world?

... What's right about the art world? Well, there are some talented folks out there, even here in Boston. Went to a show today in Concord and saw Marian Dioguardi's paintings of teacups and saucers, and her series of Italian row houses with clothing lines strung out among them. Of course her bright colors and bold lines are not everyone's cup of tea, but for me they are wildly gorgeous. No pretension, nothing artificial, a fine talent who takes every day objects and scenes and makes them visually stunning. No explanation required. I particularly like that part -- no explanation required ...

- Gusdon (See entire text here).

The two artists chosen to christen the gallery walls, which extend beyond the designated space on the ground level into the building's hallways, stairwells and upper levels, are two of the South End’s own—Jacob Higginbottom and Marian Dioguardi. Collectively, their work creates a stunning contrast of styles and viewpoints. Even still, they share wall-space well.

“I paint from life,” Dioguardi told the crowd of over 200 guests just before the official ribbon cutting. “I cook a lot and do a lot of dishes,” she added with a giggle.

It’s true, the work she’s chosen to hang in the BCAE’s new space literally revolves around the kitchen sink. But in the process of studying these everyday items, she reveals their concealed beauty through the use of bold colors, thick, deliberate lines and curious shadows. There’s an unexpected grace coming through her still life images, elevating the oft-messy, normally mundane stuff of cups, saucers and dishes to new levels of meaning.

- Christopher Treacy, South End Patch, February 7, 2011

Marian Dioguardi, an oil painter who pays homage to Hopper, Katz, Warhol, and Thiebaud, features bright and colorful dinnerware, emulating the feeling of a Sunday morning. Dioguardi's pieces are modern with use of bright color and smooth texture (a ceramic-like quality), and an up-close digital camera-like composition. Dioguardi plays with the extremities of light, allowing contrasts to drastically show the teacups' curve, in her piece, "Get a Handle on It."

Dioguardi shares the studio space with her husband, John Borchard, a photographer who focuses on still photographs of nature, playing with the effect of mist. Dioguardi and Borchard's artwork is very different in category, but with their chemistry, they bring the room together in a fascinating way."

- Victoria Solomon, The Simmons Voice, September 30, 2010

What do an early childhood educator, an undercover private investigator, an oil painter and diamonds all have in common? It's our next featured artist, Marian Dioguardi... Here is Michele Kennedy's neat annotated and illustrated blog about my work

And from Bostiano.com ... Life Line: An Interview with Contemporary Painter Marian Dioguardi ... As a child, Marian Dioguardi sold her paintings for pennies in her Italian-American neighborhood. After decades in other successful careers, though, she returned to those roots in 2002 as she stepped into her new life as a professional painter. Now Bostoniano speaks to the local artist to find out about her childhood, the process of creating art and just how she got started painting laundry lines ...

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