Color Harmonies, by Mary Pettis

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
March 1-3, 2018

The mutual influence that music and art have had on one another has persisted in waxing and waning degrees throughout human history. Sometimes art and music have reflected the same philosophical source. Other times, art and music have translated and borrowed ideas from one another. Individual artists and composers, at times, have taken it upon themselves to accentuate the relationship between visual and auditory art, growing their fields in innovative ways.

Mary Pettis has created a series of paintings to pair with The Minnesota Orchestra’s performance of Lyadov’s “The Enchanted Lake”, Respighi’s “The Fountains of Rome”, and DeBussy’s “La Mer”.* The series is an invitation to find the music within the images and to understand the vehicles of expression and the different means by which they manifest.

In this exhibition, Color Harmonies, there are perhaps two overriding themes that connect in parallel ways the pieces selected by the Minnesota Orchestra with the paintings selected by the artist:

1). Debussy, Respighi, and Lyadov provide us with titles, (the sea, fountains, and lakes) that stimulate our visual imagination and memory. The water motif is particularly prominent as a vehicle for an immense range of emotions in both the music and the paintings.

2). Painting is a language similar to music; a way to share impressions of this elegant world. Artists share with composers a similar vocabulary, using words like tone, color, harmony, and texture. Pettis invites the viewer to look for the color harmonies and to notice the various feelings they invoke; to see the music in the images.

Color Harmonies is a continuing celebration of the return of representational art to the realm of musicality. It is a reminder of our shared human experience, of the universality of emotional expression, and the fulfilling connections that the arts provide us. As a continuation of the co-evolution of music and art, it is designed to satisfy the viewer on both an intuitive and an intellectual level.

This exhibition takes place at Orchestra Hall on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in tandem with the concerts being performed by the Orchestra, and echos and develops sentiments similar to Mary’s 2017 OH+ Exhibition: “Beyond the Surface”.**

Mary’s decades of training and the experiences from hundreds of plein air and studio paintings are a catalyst for a symbolic visual language of expression that celebrates the beauty, dignity and worth of this world and its inhabitants. Mary has been juried into and won awards in national and international painting events and exhibitions from New York City to Scottsdale and Maui to Barcelona.

Designated in 2017 as an ARC Living Master™ (ARCLM™) by the Art Renewal Center, Mary is also a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), the Oil Painters of America (OPA), and the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).

Mary and her husband Randy live along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Her work, along with information on galleries, exhibitions, and workshops can be found on her website at

*Also being performed in March: Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.”

**To learn more about her previous OH+ exhibition, click HERE – or purchase the exhibition catalog, “Beyond the Surface: A Collaboration Across Time and Media” at the Orchestra Hall bookstore.


Exhibition Hours:
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Information and tickets:
1111 Nicollet Mall | Minneapolis, MN. | 55403

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Oil on linen, 18x28, 2017

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The paintings exhibited in Mary's "Color Harmonies" exhibition March 1-3, 2018 at Minnesota Orchestra Hall will soon be viewable on this page.