stART Space

Artist Statement & Biography


“My recent paintings are dealing with planes of space that convey implied places of interest, beauty and wonder. Often a painting begins as I glimpse a particular textural field through a screened or rainy window. A visceral desire to connect to nature, learning to change and flow through seasons with light, color, texture and form, guides my choices.

The suggestion and ambiguity without absolute representation creates a simplicity which I strive for. A continued hope is that the viewer is drawn into the work, finding a resting place, or a human connection.”



Dona Mara Friedman is a multi-media artist working her studio painting with a graphic design practice. As an herbalist and yoga practitioner she combines this synergy to develop paintings that reflect her belief that nature is the ultimate, mysterious, dependable force.

She shows her work in galleries and art centers in the regional Northeast USA and is included in numerous private collections. She is a member of New England Wax a collective of artists from six states that incorporate wax in their work and curate juried exhibitions throughout the Northeast. She currently shows at stART Space, Southern Vermont Art Center and McCartee’s Art and Antiques in the Northshire area.

“Breaking New Ground, Making Great Art” by Elayne Clift, in Vermont Magazine included Mara as one of eight VT Women artists who shared innovative work grounded in a love of nature, respect for life cycles and joy of creation.

Visible World, Refracted through Inner Life” by Telly Halkias, Hill Country Observer, 11/17 “This is the world of the creative and the mind's eye, one that the Rupert artist believes has always flourished inside her.”


artist resume


Solo Exhibitions

2016 A Sense of Place – McCartee's Fine Art Gallery, Salem, NY

2015 Southern Vermont Art Center, Gallery 6, Manchester, VT

2014 Canfield Gallery, Arlington, VT

2013 Rupert Kittay Library, Rupert, VT

2012 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2012 Dorset Theater Playhouse, Dorset VT

2008 Dorset Library, Dorset, VT

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 SHIFTS, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Ma.

2017 Summer Member's Exhibition, SVAC Manchester, VT.

2017 Chaos and Order, Hilles Gallery, C.A.W. New Haven, CT

2017 The Small Gallery, McCartee’s Fine Art, Salem, NY

2016 The Lake – Stone Valley Art Center, Poultney, VT

2016 Castle Hill Gallery, The Mark of the Brush, Truro, MA

2016 University of New England, Vision & Verse, Portland, MN

2016 Saco Museum, Beneath the Surface, Ogunquit, MN

2015 Gallery 7, New England Wax, Maynard, MA

2015 Laffer Gallery Regional Artists, Schuylerville, NY

2015 CCCA Gallery -Trees & Skies, Hudson, NY

2014 CCCA, Group Exhibition, Hudson, NY

2014 Mill Brook Gallery, North Country Studio Group, Concord, NH

2013 Saratoga Art Center, Group Show, Saratoga Springs, NY

2013 Pocketbook Factory, Member's Exhibition, Hudson, NY

2013 CCCA Gallery, Hudson, NY

2012 Studio Place Arts - Refuge / Flying High Barre, VT

2012 Vermont institute of Contemporary Art, Chester, VT


BFA in Studio Arts – Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY 1967

Masters Study - Studio Painting with Charles Reddington

Indiana State University 1979 - 80

Private study with London painter Michael Green, Molini di Triora, Italy – 1981

Workshop study with: Cynthia Winika at R&F paints, Kingston, NY

Daniella Woolf – Encaustic Variations, Bennington, VT

Kim Bernard - Encaustic Workshop at Kennebunkport Me.

Mono-Printing - North Country Studio Workshop, Bennington,VT

Lisa Pressman - Advanced Encaustic at R&F paints, Kingston, NY

Elizabeth Coyne -Painting as Metaphor- Salem Art Works, Salem NY.


2012 Workshop Scholarship for North Country Studio Workshops

2010 Vermont Studio Center VT, Artists Week Scholarship

2007 Honorable Mention at Juried Exhibition, Southern VT Art Center

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