Bruce Nellsmith

A Very Serene Dream

May 4 - May 30, 2018

Opening Night Friday, May 4, 5:00-8:00PM

This collection of work by Newberry College art professor Bruce Nellsmith floats freely and unchecked through the various places and experiences that comprise the life of the artist over the last year or so. It is a discerning, yet unsystematic gathering together of memories, thoughts, and musings through a body of work that was painted without a program. Nellsmith states: ”In some ways it relates to how we dream, it’s just that I was awake for all of it. In any event, it was serene”.

“Paris is full of many little hidden treasures that are so easily overlooked, such as this flower market around the corner from Notre Dame Cathedral.

“Square Rene Viviani can be seen from the entrance to Notre Dame in Paris, yet so many of my friends who have visited Paris remain completely unaware of it. Kathy and I seek out little parks in Paris and there are many charming places and squares where Parisians relax or just watch their children play.

“Artist’s Wife on the Terrace in Sarlat” is as much about the calm and serenity that one can find in the heart of a European city as it is about the light. I think the light and the intimacy of this painting address the same thing - putting the brakes on my hectic American lifestyle.

“There is a certain amount of serenity in nearly all of the works represented here; I’m not sure that this was a conscious effort on my part or if the paintings simply demanded it or, if as an artist, I was seeking asylum in paint. Whatever the impetus, they are all truthful.

“This is all just a gift that was given to me, maybe I have shared it. If you think that you own something, to the exclusion of others, then you’ve missed the point altogether.“

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