From chaos to calm at the cooperative gallery

From chaos to calm at the cooperative gallery



WESTERLY — “Chaos and Calm — Balance” is the name of the September show at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly that will feature the work of artists Nancy Nielsen and Lois Lawrence.

Lawrence, a Stonington-based artist who makes art with the plants she grows in her garden, uses a combination of acrylic paint and collage to create vibrant paintings in the genres of portraiture, landscape, seascape and abstract art.

“Once a painting or collage is completed, I apply a final finish consisting of two or more coats of clear, glossy epoxy resin,” said Lawrence.

“This process produces a permanent and resilient finish that protects the work while enhancing the vibrancy of each composition.”

Nielsen, who began her career as a photographer by taking an “Out-of-the-Box” photography class in 2011, said as an artist “It changed my life dramatically in a very uplifting way!”

Nielsen, who is drawn to nature, color and abstraction, said she sees pieces of the whole and then uses “the part they play in the entire composition.”

Nielsen “captures images with so much texture and color that the viewer feels compelled to study them,” said artist Linda King, in a statement. It leaves viewers “wanting to touch the surface and experience the richness of the texture presented to them.”

“It brings me joy to share the details of everyday objects, create a sense of mystery and wonder and encourage one’s imagination,” said Nielsen, who exhibits her work in numerous juried shows and galleries. Her work can be found in many private collections.

The show will also include works by member artists in a variety of media presenting their interpretation of the show’s theme.

The show runs through Sept. 30. The public is also invited to visit The Gallery Shop where artist-crafted small gifts and prints of original artwork are for sale. For more information on the artists and the new location, visit www.westerlyarts.com.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is a nonprofit organization located at 14 Railroad Ave. in downtown Westerly.  

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 401-596-2221 with any questions.


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