Thursday, February 9, 2012

Art in the Stacks: Nancy Crossley Blank

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Nancy Crossley Blank. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours throughout the month of February 2012.

Nancy received her undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in Painting and Art Education. Her Masters of Fine Art is from the Maryland Institutes' College of Art where she continued her focus on Painting and Art Education. Nancy had a 30 year career as both a Chairman of the Art Department at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Maryland and as adjunct art faculty at Hagerstown Community College.

Nancy has shown her work in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard. Her paintings are in private collections and at the Washington County Museum of Art. Currently Nancy is part of the faculty at Featherstone Center for the Arts where she is a frequent exhibitor.

These works are mixed media using silkscreen, graphite, transfers, and acrylic paint. They are done on metal printing plates. The images, including carousel ponies and piggies, are intended to be fun. What makes these pieces intriguing is the color, layering, and edges. Depth and visual interested are created through the layering of flat images that suggest various two- dimensional planes. How each element is placed, in relation to the others, creates different dynamics that suggest relationships, meanings, and stories.

“I have always been interested in...”what would happen if” … and love to experiment with all the elements and principles of design.” - Nancy Crossley Blank

"Art in the Stacks" is an initiative of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, to provide individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year.

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