Barbara S. Naeser will exhibit newer works, both pastel and oil, inspired by a trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The opening reception will be held noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, March 25 at Stetson Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St.

Pastels are a relatively new medium for Naeser. She resumed painting 12 years ago, first in watercolor and then in oils. In a pastel workshop she discovered a new and exciting way to create. Realizing her new inspiration, Naeser traveled to Mexico for a 10-day pastel workshop. Here she experimented daily; learning to love the huge array of vibrant colors, the immediacy, the results and feel of a pastel in her hands.

The works on display at Stetson Gallery show the vivid colors, brilliant light, unique architecture and people of Mexico,

“I usually don’t have to look very far to find inspiration, and that was very true in San Miguel," said Naeser. "I wanted to portray ... a view which is clearly a different part of the world."

Naeser is driven to create and the artwork is uniquely hers.

“I have developed my own style using loose, bold strokes and mark-making, unafraid color," she said.

She paints because she needs to paint.

“Creating art fulfills me," Naeser said. "Each new painting presents a personal challenge to capture the image, gesture or idea (the 'why') that made me want to paint it, how I felt when I first saw my subject”.

A member of Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem and Newbury Arts Associations, Naeser’s art grew from early lessons on Martha's Vineyard to a studio and art history major at Smith College. She has studied with various artists on the North Shore and beyond including the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Additionally, she has been designing her holiday cards for more than 50 years.

For more information, call 781-639-1215, or visit To express interest in exhibiting, please email Michele Martin Albee at