Mary Owens Collection

Mary Owens (1935 – 2015)
Works available for purchase

Mary Owens was a very prolific watercolorist working in the abstract and abstract expressionist styles. Mary was born in Des Moines, Iowa and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, NY. She received a scholarship to study at the Albright-Knox Art School in Buffalo. Her education included study under the direction of prominent artists Sam Amato, George D.O’Connell, Morton Grossman, and Peter Busa and their influences are reflected in her work.  (Narrative continues below the slide show)


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Over a period spanning from 1955 to 2012, Owens’ artwork was exhibited in more than 100 exhibitions throughout California and the United States. Her unusual abstract expressionist watercolors have been selected for the Brand Library & Art Center galleries seven times, including two one-woman shows and five Brand National Works on Paper juried exhibitions.

Her work is held in the permanent collections of the State University of New York at Buffalo, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, and the Brand Associates collection. Many private collectors throughout the United States also possess her art work.

Mid-career Owens also began to to create unusual original metal jewelry pieces and mixed media.

Brand Associates, the Brand Library & Art Center’s non-profit arm, is honored to have many of her finest watercolors, framed and unframed and some of her jewelry and mix media works. All works are for sale and all proceeds benefit the Brand Associates’ free cultural programming at the Brand Library & Art Center, including visual arts, music, dance, film, and children’s activities.

Owens was a long time resident of Glendale. She had a passionate dedication to and love for the Brand Library & Art Center. We are grateful to her estate for their generosity in making her work available to us.