During my travels, I feel drawn to flowers for their vibrant colors, tones and fantastic textures. Going through my photos I realized I took more pictures of flowers than people. Only my museum shots outnumbered them. I have even stopped the car so I could go out and take pictures of some vivid colors that caught my eye along the roadside.
I wanted to tell a story about artists and how we worked and thought and planned before we picked up a brush. My paintings start with one of my photos and devolve into a small painting and then into an abstraction of that painting. They are happy paintings that come out of a difficult time in my life and also in our country's life. I believe that you have to look at the brighter side of things and art will take you there
My background in art is strange. I was told as a third-grader that I could not draw and I took music lessons and I never had an art class. After taking a drawing-one class in a local college at the ripe old age of 52 and then transferring to U Conn where I graduated with a BFA Summa Cum Laude at age 58 and then on to my MFA at Vermont College at 60 years. After school, I reached out to Norwich Arts Gallery and have been a member since then.
About NAC Gallery
The Norwich Arts Center Gallery was established in 1987 by local artists and art supporters — some of whom formed the NAC Artists' Cooperative — to both create a local art space and invest in the potential of Downtown Norwich. NAC leased and renovated the ground floor at 60 Broadway, formerly a part of St. Mary’s Abstinence and Benevolence Building, which was constructed in 1892 and purchased by NAC in 1995.
The NAC Gallery is now the longest on-going cooperative gallery in southeastern Connecticut. We hold both solo and group shows, including the work of both present and past NAC Cooperative members. Exhibitions rotate every month. Annual shows include the following - the juried Photo show, the juried Artistic Wanderings exhibit, the popular Holiday show, and the NAC Artist Members show. The gallery schedule varies from year to year. Recently we added a juried show for the month of February and have also had juried themed shows such as “Something Fishy.” The gallery encourages cultural diversity and has exhibited work reflecting Native American art, Asian art, and Latino art. We encourage and support young artists. A recent grant from Core Plus Credit Union has supported a collaborative effort between NAC and Norwich Free Academy. The students attended workshops and the artwork produced has been displayed in the gallery.
Admission to the NAC Galleries is free and open to the public on Thursday through Saturday from 12-4 PM. Opening Receptions are held on the First Friday of every month from 6-8 PM and are also free, with refreshments, a chance to meet the artists and sometimes even some live music.
THE NORWICH ARTS CENTER'S ARTIST COOPERATIVE
The Norwich Arts Center's Artist Cooperative is a standing committee of the Norwich Arts Center who oversees the operation of both the NAC Gallery and NAC Gallery II.
Members of the NAC Co-op are chosen through a democratic jurying process. As a member of the Co-op, artists enjoy networking with their peers, the opportunity for solo shows, and the privilege of sharing their talent with the community through artists’ talks, teaching classes, and becoming involved with special projects.
It is the mission of The NAC Gallery to provide, encourage, and support involvement in the visual arts, toward the goal of enriching the cultural life of the area residents.
NAC GALLERY II
An annex of the original NAC Gallery, NAC Gallery II offers the opportunity for community and emerging artists to rent a personal exhibit space where they can show and sell their work. NAC Gallery II shares the same gallery hours as the NAC Gallery (Thursday through Saturday from 12 - 4 PM) and is also open during First Friday Opening Receptions from 6 - 8 PM. As space is rented, new work and/or new artists may be added any month.
Show Your Art at NAC Gallery II
In any given month, ten or more different community artists’ work may be on display. Fine art, photography, and handcrafted jewelry are a few of the types of work that can be submitted. NAC will provide potential customers with as much information about the work as the artist provides, and all items are available for immediate sale. There are a variety of wall and counter spaces available, and acceptance is juried. Call 860-887-2789 for more information.