Maria Coryell-Martin is photographed at work. (Kristin Laidre)

Maria Coryell-Martin is photographed at work. (Kristin Laidre)

Port Townsend artist to exhibit in solo show at Peninsula College

PORT ANGELES — The work of Port Townsend artist Maria Coryell-Martin will be featured in a solo exhibition at Peninsula College beginning Tuesday.

Coryell-Martin describes herself as an expeditionary artist following the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators.

Her work will be exhibited in the PUB Gallery of Art on the Port Angeles Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., through May 16.

On the final day of the exhibit, she will host an artist talk in the Little Theater at 12:30 p.m. as a part of Peninsula College’s Studium Generale lecture series, with a reception following in the gallery.

Both the exhibition and Studium events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will feature field sketches and studio paintings from both Greenland and Antarctica, regions experiencing accelerated climate change.

Coryell-Martin’s work is inspired by an artist-residency with the Upernavik Museum in northwest Greenland, Imaging the Arctic, an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of Washington marine mammal biologist Kirstin Laidre exploring the ecology and culture of West Greenland, and residencies on ships along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Since 2005, she has focused on painting polar and glaciated regions, working scientists and expeditions in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula.

In the field, she sketches with ink and watercolor, and collects multimedia recordings to build her palette of place, a record of experience, climate and color, she said.

This work inspires studio paintings for exhibits, as well as multimedia presentations and hands-on workshops to promote observation, scientific inquiry and environmental awareness, she said.

For more about Coryell-Martin, see her website at

For more information, contact Michael Paul Miller at [email protected]

“Ice Edge, Baffin Bay” is one of Maria Coyrell-Martin’s painting.

“Ice Edge, Baffin Bay” is one of Maria Coyrell-Martin’s painting.

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