Nashoba Valley Artists Group

March 22 – April 30, 2016

Barbara Barton Badstubner, Sunflowers & Tomato Basket

One sign of mild weather and, at least, partially sunny skies here in Groton is the gathering of this devoted group of women, easels and art supplies in tow, for a session of plein air painting.

Valerie Baier, Winter Sun
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The term plein air derives from the French translation meaning open air. It describes the act of painting outdoors and drawing inspiration from direct observation of nature. Watercolors, laid down with spontaneity and broad gestures, are a particularly suitable medium for outdoor studies.

Whether outside or taken indoors by the cold season, weekly painting sessions buoyed by group support and constructive criticism is a distinctive feature of this close-knit group. Barbara Barton Badstubner, Valerie Baier, Nancy Dey, Shirley Man, Peggy McWade, Connie Sartini, and Ellen Todd represent the Nashoba Valley Artists.

Ellen Todd has assembled a booklet of biographical outlines and artist statements from each participating member. It will be available to view in Sibley Hall during the course of the exhibit.

Nancy Dey, Flowers
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In some recent good news, several members of the group were awarded prizes and recognition at the State House Senior Art Show, Boston in September of 2015 (details to be found in the exhibit booklet).

There will be a gallery reception celebrating the group and their accomplishments on Saturday, April 16, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. All are welcome.

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Ken Hansen,

Peggy McWade, Contook River
Shirley Man, Apples
Ellen Todd, Arrangement of Fruit