"Spring and Summer: A Study in Contemporary Realism," featuring the natural oil paintings of artist Marianne Kuhn, will be on exhibit through March at the Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien.

Born in New Jersey and now a resident of Suffern, N.Y., Kuhn graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in education from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.

She went on to study many years at the Ridgewood Art Institute with master artist John Osborne. Kuhn has also studied with master artists Scott Christensen, Kenn Backhauss and John Traynor.

Kuhn paints in a contemporary, realistic style using a prismatic palette developed by Frank Vincent Dumond, who taught many notable artists, including Frank Mason, Arthur Maynard and Norman Rockwell.

Although primarily an oil landscape artist, Kuhn also paints still lifes and portraits. The purpose of her painting is to translate lighting and atmospheric effects in an effective composition.

Kuhn has won landscape awards from the American Artists Professional League, the Ridgewood Art Institute and Stamford Art Association.

She has also been accepted to show at the OPA Regional Show, the Salmagundi Non Members Jury Show, the American Artist's Professional League and The Hudson Valley Art Association.

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Her work has been collected by the General Electric Global Research and Development Lodge, Niskayuna, N.Y., and by former New York Gov. George Pataki and his wife.

Kuhn's painting travels include Victor, Idaho;, Teton National Park, Wyom.; Nantucket, Mass.; and Charleston, S;C. She is particularly fond of summering in Diamond Point, N.Y., where her artistic muse is inspired by the beauty of the Adirondacks and Lake George.

Admission is free. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.