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.
The Norwich Arts Center’s Artists’ 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 by 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.
The NAC Gallery mission is to provide, encourage, and support involvement in the visual arts, toward the goal of enriching the cultural life of the area residents.
Membership levels include Elected Artist ($150 per year dues), Associate Artist ($50 per year dues), and NAC Member ($35 per year).
Artist Membership is open to all regional artist. Benefits include periodic exhibition opportunities and institutional promotion and marketing opportunities. Artists whose work is non-traditional are particularly encouraged to apply for Elected Artist or Associate Artist status, as this is the primary focus of the Gallery.
The Gallery is also available for rent for private parties or programs. Please contact us at 860-887-2789 for more information.