Maria Neil Returns to Familiar Surroundings with Life Preservers

Hilary D. Gent

This fall, we are returning to our original gallery space with an exhibition featuring two artists who are no strangers to working with us. Hilary Gent and Liz Maugans are coming together to deliver us Life Preservers.

Infinity and purpose are both key elements of Liz Maugans’ work in this exhibition. “Water takes us to infinity and brings us back. I want to swim towards happiness and lightness. I want joy. I want to find those relationships and people in my life that offer me unconditional love and support,” offers Maugans about this latest body of work. Liz was the very first artist to show with Maria Neil when we began on the walls of the now-closed Dragonfly restaurant in 2012. We’re excited to be working with her again.

Water has frequently been an inspiration for Hilary Gent. For this exhibition, she is expanding that palate to include other images and inspirations. “I’ve been reflecting on water imagery in my paintings, but will also be including medical imagery—particularly ultrasounds—in new works. There’s a similarity in some of the patterns, and they have been subconsciously repeating themselves in my paintings,” says Gent in talking about the work for this exhibition. Hilary has shown several times with us and is always an exciting artist to exhibit.


Reception 5–9pm Friday, November 1

Maria Neil Art Project

15813 Waterloo Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44110