Susan Varga comes to Falmouth by way of Budapest, where she was born and raised.
Her earliest influence was the Viennese-Hungarian Art Nouveau style, and that style is reflected in her ceramics.
Her recent paintings capture parts of the Cape that have inspired her.
Her new show, “Scenes of the Cape: Work by Susan Varga,” is on display and can be seen in person in the art center’s Sigel Gallery until Sunday, January 31.
Ms. Varga studied at the University of Architecture and Engineering of Budapest before moving to New York City in 1964. There, she received a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. She worked in the New York office of the historically prominent architect Marcel Breuer.
She eventually directed her interests more to painting and moved to Boston. She completed another graduate degree, this time in art education and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art.
She is perhaps best known for her large ceramics platters and vases that are decorated with elaborate colorful paintings inspired by the painters of the Renaissance.
The show at the art center will include some of these ceramics, as well as recent paintings of scenes around the area, including Nobska Light, Quissett Harbor, Spohr Gardens and Woods Hole.
The Falmouth Art Center is at 137 Gifford Street and is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM.