FIRST STREET GALLERY acknowledges with deep sadness the passing of Mari Lyons, fellow artist and friend, on April 3rd, 2016. We extend our sincerest condolences and loving thoughts to Mari’s beloved husband Nick, and to her four children, Paul, Charles, Jennifer, and Anthony, and her grandchildren.
A highly educated, experimental, and dedicated artist, Mari gave so much of her life to the cultivation of her bold vision, and to sharing her many achievements with an appreciative public. Holding herself and the art world she inhabited to a high cultural standard, Mari was articulate and well-read. These qualities and her discerning eye made her a sensitive, insightful critic as well as painter. In October, 2015, Mari held and celebrated her 15th solo exhibition at FIRST STREET GALLERY. We, her colleagues, observed in this final presentation of dynamic work Mari’s continuing growth as an artist, her flexible thinking, and her distinct style of artistic risk taking that propelled her to venture beyond the comfort of safe and reliable boundaries.
She will be greatly missed as a member of FIRST STREET GALLERY, and we are honored to have had her participation and presence among us for so many years.