MVFilm Society ArtSpace

Featured Artist: Marie-Louise Rouff

Few artists find it easy to articulate what they do when they paint because they express themselves best in the medium they use and the process is always a bit mysterious because it is so intuitive.

When I paint I think in terms of colors: how colors react to each other, what heat they give off when they meet, how they meet, how one color makes another recede. A speck of color can alter the entire structure of a painting. How I apply a color matters vastly. Smooth or rough, it all depends on the requirement of a particular passage. There is so much going on that all I can do is to remain intensely focused in order to orchestrate all possibilities into a cohesive painting.

My abstract work has evolved from the traditional landscape and still life. I loved to paint from direct observation with an awareness that in the passing of time the light shifted, the shadows moved and things looked different from moment to moment.

Painting and observing have made me understand that the world in which we move is less solid than it seems. It is not anchored. It floats freely. In a way I create as I go. When I go for a walk I think that I am walking through a familiar landscape. But in fact each sensation, each tree observed, each scent noticed, each perception of warmth or of cold becomes a bit of memory instantly, a vast store from which I recreate my image later.

When I paint, I may start with some intuitive washes and marks until my mind is warmed up. Sometimes I begin with ideas prompted by chance events: a thread pattern in the canvas, a brush stroke in the gesso or the outline of a color that feels familiar. Then I respond to the images as they develop. My criterion for authenticity is how engaged I feel in this crucial game. The discipline is to remain intensely aware of the process at all times.

In short, my paintings are about construction from bits of visual memory. My work is still about the landscape of a personal kind.

Marie-Louise Rouff

2017 Feldman Family Artspace Artists:

January 13 - February 20: Fred Hancock
February 20 – March 13: Billy O’Callaghan
March 13 – April 10: Marie Louise Rouff
April 10 – May 22: Josh Robinson White
May 25 - June 11:  VCS/High School
June 12 - July 3: Margo Oulette
July 3 - July 24: Anne Grandin
July 24 - August 14: Gretchen Feldman Collection
August 14 - September 4: Michael Johnson
September 5 – September 25: Joyce Farmer 
September 25 - October 23: Sally Cohn
October 23 - November 20: Sabrina Kuchta
November 20 - December 11: Elizabeth Cecil
December 11- January 8: Marston Clough

Call for Artists!

Click on forms below to download application and 
instructions to apply for the Feldman Artspace in 2018.

The first form has directions on how to apply.
The second form can be downloaded and filled out online, 
saved and then emailed to:

For information regarding the M.V. Film Center, please contact Richard Paradise:

For more information regarding Featherstone Center for the Arts and the application for artists, 
please contact Kate Hancock at: or 508.693.1850