About Mary

About Mary

Emery Design

Emery Design, located in New York City for fifteen years, was created when a group of professionals from diverse fields joined Mary Emery.  With this mix of art and business, they functioned as a full-service design studio for interiors and fine art.  They designed and produced hand-painted custom rugs on sisal, canvas, and other natural fibers, available in the D & D building through Einstein Moomjy; Victor Henschel; Patterson, Flynn & Martin; and ABC Carpet.  Decorative furniture, accessories, and murals were just a few things on the menu.  Mary also worked as a decorative artist for Hearst Entertainment and Lifetime Television on Our Home and as a artist and stylist for B. Smith with Style, contributing to her book “Rituals and Celebrations”, published by Random House in October 1999. 

Nantucket has been home to Emery Design since 1999.  In addition to practicing decorative and fine art and interior design, Mary is one of the current directors and instructors in the Early American Arts and Crafts program, Nantucket Historical Association’s 1800 House .

About Mary

My influences in art have always been a combination of historic decoration and fine art; the functional made beautiful.  From an early age I did plein air painting with my father on Esther Island, a tiny island off of Nantucket, where we stayed every summer.  My mother, an author and teacher and a member of in the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, strongly influenced  my pursuits in historic restoration and decorative painting. 

At the age of 19, I became the youngest member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration .  While attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, I wrote a curriculum for a fine art major, modeling it on programs in other institutions and graduated with a B.A. as its first Fine Art Major.  I had wanted to attend a Christian college but found not find a  program.  With the assistance of an art professor, Paul Kline, I spent a year crafting a course.  Today, Westmont College continues this program with nine professors and a thriving art center.  After graduating, for a bit of relaxation, I attended  Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY , and received an M.F.A. from in painting and printmaking.  My fine art has been exhibited on both coasts of the U.S. as well as abroad, including a juried show of American Art in Tokyo, Japan.  I am currently showing at Gallery Blue on Nantucket.

Nantucket has been my home for ten years.  It is the natural progression of my creative journey, since so much began here.  I continue to reach forward in my work welcoming new challenges.

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