2013-06-07 / Community

Library announces featured artist

During the month of June, the works of artist B. St. Marie Nelson will be on display in the Speers Gallery located in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library. Her exhibit “Speak Volumes” explores books as artistic objects presented in still life form and calls attention to the multi layered world of the book.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular hours in the Speers Gallery.

For information call 985-2173 ext. 100.

“I paint primarily with oil on panel and my process is one that explores composition and natural light,” Nelson said. “My recent work has focused on books as artistic objects, with a nod to the authors who write them. While most people think of the essential message found in a particular book, my work goes beyond that. I see that a beautifully bound book, even if worn and old, can become an artistic object by itself. In this, I see that books can possess qualities beyond their text.

“They have the power to educate, delight and motivate. Reading a book, like viewing art, allows us a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us. My paintings give form to the words of writers, allowing the viewer a sense of rereading a muchloved classic. My painting often takes me beyond the walls of the gallery and into the community. Not only has my work permitted a wonderful exchange of ideas with the viewer but it has also become a tool to promote literacy. It is now what moves me forward and shapes my art.”

Nelson has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the State University of New York. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has paintings in both private and public collections.

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