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The Biography of Mary Anne Carley

Mary Anne Groves Carley was born in New York City.  She is the daughter of the former Mabel Martha Groves and George S. Groves. She  is the sister of Mabel (Bunny) Southam of Key Biscayne, Florida and the sister of the former George S. Groves, Jr. from Armonk, New York and the sister of the former David E. Groves from Shenorock, New York.

She grew up in Armonk and attended Armonk Public Schools until the family moved to Montclair, New Jersey when she was in the fifth grade.   There she attended Watchung School through the sixth grade and then went to Saint Mary’s Hall (now Doane Academy) in Burlington, New Jersey through the eighth grade.

Mary Anne graduated from the Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  She majored in art at Skidmore College for two years and in commercial art at Finch College, New York City for another year.Mary Anne Carley

She married Richard L.Carley from, Sharon,Connecticut before finishing college and moved to Sharon.She
had three children within five years, Richard L.Carley,Jr now lives in Walworth, New York,Theresa A. Kenny,lives in Sharon and Patrick J. Carley, lives in Sanford, Florida.

Also, during the first five years of her marriage, she met through her husband, the well-known American artist Hal MacIntosh.  Mr. MacIntosh encouraged her to finish her education and to get back to painting.  So while raising three children under five, she attended the Hartford School of Art and the Central Connecticut Master’s Degree Program.  While working on her Master’s Degree she was teaching, art at the Litchfield Junior High School when she began painting and exhibiting extensively in all medias.

Then she and her husband developed a worldwide business which financially enabled them both to leave their professions and of which Mary Anne is still active with today.

During the initial business building time, her painting career slowed a little.  However the Reverend Mitzi Noble, her priest at that time at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lime Rock, Connecticut, asked Mary Anne to draw bulletin covers for the Sunday services. With this bit of encouragement, she continued on with painting, which now has developed into her present watercolor style.

Mary Anne has shown in a Connecticut Watercolor Society juried show at the Wadswoth Athenaeum in Hartford, has shown for many years at the Annual Trinity Art Show, in Lime Rock, Connecticut and at various local town halls and banks. Her work is permanently on display in an arts and crafts boutique, the Bodhi Tree in Sharon.

Her art is also online in several of the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts permanent juried collections. She has shown in the Tang Gallery at Skidmore College, the Roxbury Connecticut Congregational Church Juried Shows, in Lady Audrey’s Gallery, Millerton, New York with Two Awards of Merit, in 2009, 2010 and the Best in Show-Dog Day Afternoon in 2011. Additional places she has exhibited are at the Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, the Sharon Historical Society, Sharon and in the Housatonic Valley Art League Juried Shows, 2010 to present. Mary Anne was also the featured artist the week of July 21, 2013 on the EBSQ Self Representing Artists Site. CLICK HERE to view this link.

Her recent awards include First Prize Mixed Media My Roses Escape to the Arts, Juried Show, Danbury, CT April 2014, Honorable Mention for Watercolor, Roses, Richter Art Association, Danbury, CT, October 2014 Annual Juried Show and Honorable Mention for Watercolor, Melting, Trinity Gallery Juried Show, Lime Rock, CT, February 2015. She also received an honorable mention from the Roxbury Connecticut Juried Show, June 2015 for her Bouquet watercolor.

Also, Mary Anne presently is very involved with health and fitness and is an aerobic water fitness instructor at the Boughton Street YMCA in Danbury, Connecticut, two days a week. During those days she teaches swimming lessons and is on duty as a certified lifeguard. 

She has five grandchildren, Christina Kenny, from Pottstown, PA,Meghan Kenny Plouffe, from Lakeville, CT, Michael Kenny, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jessica Ramos from Ontario, NY and Richard L. Carley III, from Walworth, New York. She also has one great grandson, Jack Nicholas Plouffe.


Copyright 2012 Mary Anne Carley