MFA offers our artist members the opportunity to exhibit at Gallery 90, a unique partnership created in 2013 between Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art, which is designed to assist in creating a harmonious work environment for the staff and volunteers as they care for hospice patients and their families, and to demonstrate how artists are integral members of our communities.

This exhibition will be available to view online and the art on display will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art. Work may be purchased by calling MFA at 410-268-4566.

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Now exhibiting at Hospice of the Chesapeake through March 2023:

Marisa Canino, Kate Gaudreau, and Michael Gaudreau


Marisa Canino

Artist Bio

Marisa Canino is a primarily self-taught artist. After 20+ years and three kids, she returned to art-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Primarily focusing on portraits of people and animals, she uses bold, non-realistic color to convey the unique mood and narrative of her subject. She will often use mixed media, repeating patterns, and heavy texture to add to that narrative. Her hope is to spark curiosity, connection, and wonder through nontraditional representations of familiar subjects.

Marisa has enjoyed a career in nonprofit fundraising and management in Baltimore City, and is currently the Executive Director of the Creative City Public Charter School Foundation. She is currently exhibiting on an ongoing basis at Hamilton Arts Collective (Baltimore, MD), Bohemian House Art & Soul (Ellicott City, MD), and the Baltimore Art Gallery in Hampden (Baltimore, MD), She is also available for portrait commissions.

Marisa lives with her husband and their three children (ages 12, 10, and 7) in Baltimore, MD.

Artist Statement

“Vibrant & Wild” is a collection of animal portraits that captures and celebrates nature’s small moments and fleeting details before they vanish. Animals, while often mysterious, can reflect pieces of our own humanity through a quick glance, stance, or subtle cock of the head. Noticing these moments does not always come naturally. This collection highlights the connections we share with the animals who inhabit our environment (and, sometimes, our homes). Whether quirky, calming, or a bit irate – understanding animals can help us better understand ourselves, and contextualize our experience in the broad world around us.


Kate Gaudreau

Artist Bio

Kate Gaudreau was born and raised in the Baltimore area. After graduating from the University of Virginia (B.A. in Studio Art and Art History), she first worked in art galleries and then many years in retail visual merchandising and interior design as a creative leader, manager, and administrator. During that time, she turned to the joy and mindfulness of creating artwork and photography whenever possible. In recent years, she feels very fortunate to be able to devote more time to her personal art.

In Maryland, Kate’s work has been shown in multiple juried exhibitions at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. For many years, she has also spent time in the Adirondacks where her work is shown at the Corscaden Barn Gallery and with the High Peaks Artists, both in Keene Valley, NY.

Kate has also focused on The Kokeshi Project, photographing portraits of her collection of Japanese kokeshi dolls observing the passing of the seasons within nature. Her first book pairs these portraits with the haiku of Japanese masters.

Kate lives with her husband Michael, also an artist, in Bel Air, Maryland.

Artist Statement

My work is not driven by a desire for a realistic depiction or the grand view. Instead, it often narrows in on a part of the landscape or a smaller piece of intersections of shapes and lines. When at its best, I feel that the act of painting reflects my personal response and connection to the natural world and the beauty within it.

Whether I am painting plein air or in the studio, I am always familiar with and inspired in some way by the subject. I work almost entirely in gouache or mixed media and on a relatively small scale to create a more intimate experience with the viewer.


Michael Gaudreau

Artist Bio

“I am drawn to the landscape as a subject not only for the artistic possibilities but for the sense of joy it gives me just by being there.”

Michael Gaudreau resides in Bel Air, MD. He taught art at The John Carroll School from 1975 – 2020. Michael received his master’s degree from Parsons School of Design, NYC in 1981. He has won awards from the Pastel Society of America, Hudson Valley Art Association, both Southeast and Northeast pastel societies, Connecticut pastel society, the Maryland pastel society, and Maryland Federation of Art. He is a signature member of both the Pastel Society of America and Maryland Pastel Society. See his work at

“Michael Gaudreau’s landscape works are filled with a sense of movement and light. Michael uses oil paint and pastels to create works that showcase the ability for both these mediums to be fluid and soft. The loose brush strokes lend a fresh and kinetic energy to the work while the details of the subject seem carefully reduced to their essence and offer up a nicely muted version of themselves.” – Quote from an interview

I grew up around water and woods and find myself at peace when I can totally immerse myself in studying light and shadow and surprising bursts of color in the rural landscape. The natural world has always been important to me. I am drawn to the countryside as a subject not only for the memories evoked but for the sense of joy it gives me. I especially am drawn to the quality of light in the early morning and dusk and how it transforms and illuminates ordinary things like rocks or buildings and turns them into something extraordinary. When I look for subjects to paint, I seek that “moment of light.”

Marisa, Kate, and Michael’s work is on display at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Offices. The exhibition is not open to the public, but may be viewed online.