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Rae Ferren was born and grew up in Brooklyn. She attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School, but formal studies were set aside with marriage to painter John Ferren. The vivid reality of becoming part of the newly emerging artists' community of lower New York in the 1950s was itself a special education. Many artists of that period became lifelong friends. Each spring Rae traveled with her husband and son to the southwest.
After John's death in 1970, Rae made East Hampton her home. She went on to work as associate curator for the Guild Hall Museum for fifteen years. Ferren now works at her art full time. She feels that her understanding of art came by making it and looking at fine art. Inspired first by Monet and Bonnard, she experienced a closeness to the American nineteenth century art of Innes, Ryder, and Chase. She has sought to stay close to nature while expressing a personal vision of it in the rich pigment of oil paints.
Her work has been included in exhibitions at The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, Guild Hall Museum and the Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, the Islip Art Museum, Long Island, Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, Bryant Library Gallery, Roslyn, and Art Miami Expo, FL. Her work has been reviewed by Helen A. Harrison in The New York Times, Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star, Robert Long, The Southampton Press, and Malcolm Preston, Newsday. She has had full color reproductions on two covers of Dans Papers.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director