Muralist and abstract painter combine for art show in Catonsville on Sunday

Mark Selby didn't need a Friday's opening of a photography display in a Catonsville residence or Saturday's reception for the start of a watercolor exhibition at Atwater's bakery on Frederick Road to prove what he already knew about his hometown.

"There's a lot of artists out there, and we all have a lot to offer," said the muralist. "It's a smorgasbord."

He needs to look somewhere other than his Catonsville home to find an artist with starkly different tastes than his own.

While Selby concentrates on creating murals for interior and exterior walls of residences or commercial buildings, including a wall at Catonsville Middle School, his new bride focuses on abstract expressions.

"They see the world in shapes," said his wife, Rachel Resch-Selby, whom he married in May. "But drawing does not define being an artist. I'm more on feelings."

The Seton Keough High School graduate's abstract art and her husband's more detailed expressions will both be on display when the October exhibit of the Christian Temple Church's Art for Art Lovers Program opens Oct. 7 with an reception 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 5820 Edmondson Ave.

"This will be my first art show with her, my first show since college (Villa Julie)," said Selby. "Prior to college, I would be in art shows all the time."

Selby said he usually creates his art for clients based on their specific requests.

"They're all designed around the client's needs and desires," he said. "People have an idea, give me a list of things they want, and I execute it.

"But in the past year, I've been trying to do more art work on my own," he said.

Meanwhile, his wife has found abstract art a way to relieve the stress from her work as chief executive officer for a real estate company in Columbia.

"For me, it's my retreat and a way to express my creativity," she said. "You're always looking to find creative solutions to problems in the corporate world and being an artist helps."

She said she has sold some of her work before.

"I'm not a stranger to that," she said.

But the show, which continues weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 22 will be her first show.

"I want to share with people my passion and that it's OK to be fearless and to create," she said.

The couple will each have about 20 pieces on display, all of which were created within the past two years.

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