Visual Interest

Maggie Martin

Opens first Friday September 2, 2016. Reception 5-8PM


Fresh Produce

The pictures in this exhibit are architectural…botanical…ritual…and nautical. They are meditations on shapes and colors. Each painting is a fresh interpretation created by interacting with the subject matter. Watercolor is a most pure, spontaneous medium that allows familiar subjects to transcend to a unique visual experience. It is only when I am painting that I have the freedom to express myself, to escape, to rebel. I love that it is a little bit out of control, as unpredictable as the real world. To have these new works hang on these old walls is one special moment in my lifetime.



Margaret Mary Martin was born to parents who encouraged creativity with paints and books.  As a student at Michigan State University in 1971, she was doing the thing called “happenings”. She studied Illustration at Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, MI. During a four month backpacking trip she visited Art Institutions throughout Europe. After travel in the U.S., Maggie settled out West.  There in the Rocky Mountain mining town of Black Hawk, Colorado, she started Artworkshop. Portraits in charcoal and pastels earned a living, working outside at Art Shows and Rodeos. It was in Colorado that son Martin was born and Maggie met her enabler and muse, John Chesebrough. She moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League, painting every day and working as class monitor. Living in NY for two years, she had the advantage of proximity to great museums and galleries.  The family moved to a farm in Delaware County and called it “Artfields”. They raised animals, vegetables, and children Kathryn and Lewis. From her studio she exhibited often. 

building on No Depot

The next frontier was downtown Binghamton. The ART Mission Gallery on Washington St. opened on New Years’ Eve in 1998. A board of directors formed and it became a non-profit 501©3. As the director, Maggie was fundraising, organizing classes, accepting public commissions and promoting talented regional artists. Monthly openings evolved to become what is now Gorgeous Washington St Assn. “First Fridays”. The organization relocated to 61 Prospect Ave and built the duplex Art Mission & Theater.  They maintain a professional board and director, members and volunteers. The Art Bldg. is the home of Vishnu’s Couch Yoga studio, mixed generational live/work lofts, and State St. Artist studios. In her studio in Watkins Glen and on board sailboat “Plein Air”, Maggie is painting again.  She recently made the illustrations and designed “Pavlova in a Hatbox”, by Cynthia Neale.  

Maggie and her family recognize in Binghamton an environment where Community Arts and Historic Preservation are valued and continue to grow.  The vision is timeless.


“If Art is your life, your life becomes Art”


All Paintings and copies of “Pavlova in a Hatbox”, illustrated by M. Martin, are available for purchase.



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Theater and Gallery rentals

Are you planning a special event this year? The Art Mission and Theater can offer our gallery and our theaters for the occasion. We have digital projection capabilities making it easy to show any film that has been released on Blu-Ray or DVD to your private party. You may also enjoy one of our current film offerings. How about a cocktail hour in our gallery as a reward to your employees? Why not have that small intimate wedding? We allow you to provide whatever you’d like including food, drink, cake and more. We can also take care of the planning if you’d like us to. We hope to play a part in this very special and unique occasion for your friends, family, or co-workers. For pricing and availability

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