CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley Arts Association will be presenting Mary Borowski of Nashua, sister-in-law to Sarah Eastman and sister to Dave, Tom and the late Steve Eastman of the Mountain Ear, as the featured artist for October at the Met Coffee House at Settlers Green. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, Oct. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Born in Annapolis, Md., to a Navy family, Borowski traveled and lived up and down the East Coast of America. As a child, she was exposed to all the wonderful sights from Virginia to New Hampshire. She always had a love of the ocean but when every summer came, the whole family would travel back to the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee area for vacation as Borowski's parents were from the Hanover area.
Summers were spent at a beloved family cottage on Lake Mascoma, where Borowski developed a lifelong love for New Hampshire lakes and that area of the country. Borowski returned to New Hampshire as a teenager and attended the University of New Hampshire.
After graduating from UNH with a bachelor's of science in art education, she taught art and photography at a private junior college in Windham for seven years. She married her husband, Robert, and settled in Nashua, where they raised two children, Kendra and Robbie. Borowski and her family have spent summers at Lake Sunapee since 1989.
After raising her children, Borowski worked for many years as a merchandising display artist. Borowski retired in 2014, and decided to return to all the things that she always loved: painting and photography.
She has taken many watercolor classes with Patty Dean of Vermont, oil painting with Grace Cooper of New London and nature journaling classes with Becky Darling of Warner. Nature journaling has become a new passion for Borowski. It combines her love of nature with drawing, painting, and close observation of the constant seasonal changes.
After retirement, Mary also started a photo greeting card business called Mary B Creations using her many photos of special "Moments in Time." These images have been captured during her travels throughout New England.
In addition to the framed photographs for sale, Borowski will also have affordable cards and matted prints.
For more information about the arts association, go to mwvarts.org.