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Play Date: Ceramics and Watercolor Paintings

Marcie Jan Bronstein
May 4 – June 23
Maine Jewish Museum

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung

Play Date brings together years of process-driven paintings and ceramics, both of which were created in a state of responsiveness to material, shape, color and form: Deep Play.

The whimsical and suggestive ceramic vessels capture relationship dynamics, vulnerabilities and exchanges of energies. These are hand built works which emerged in the process of making; they surprised and delighted me all along the way.

The watercolor paintings are improvisations, composed and discovered completely in the moment. My interest is in using the special qualities inherent to watercolor (bleeding, flowing, layering) to create intimate, sensual paintings that reflect an inner world: Symbolic, emotional and psychological.


Marcie Jan Bronstein is a photographer, painter and ceramic artist whose work has been exhibited, published, and commissioned for more than three decades. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology and Hampshire College, Bronstein is also a teacher who spent five years traveling the world on cruise ships, teaching creative watercolor painting to hundreds of passengers.

Exhibitions of note: Foto Colorate, Milan, Italy (invitational. five women); Casa Italiana, New York (solo); Creative Photographic Arts Center, Maine (solo); Parallax Women’s Photography (invitational); New England Biennial (invitational); Flash Forward Photo Festival, Boston (invitational); Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (juried); Zillman Art Museum (solo); Cove Street Arts (three person invitational).

In 2020 Bronstein was granted full fellowship for a painting residency at the Millay Colony. In 2022 she was selected for the Material Intersections residency at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, to explore “painterly approaches to working with clay.” This winter, she spent two months in residence at a ceramic studio in Locarno, Switzerland.

AT SEA, DEEP PLAY: watercolor on paper 2016

    • Exhibit Opening: Marcie Jan Bronstein, and Alan Fishman

      Thursday, May 4, 2023
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Mingle with artists and art lovers, enjoy wine and cheese with museum mavens and curious minds, and celebrate with us as we unveil our newest exhibitions!

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