B St. Marie Nelson : A Good Read

12 January – 11 April 2013

A Child's Garden of Verses, oil on panel

Artist Statement:

First Edition by B St. Marie Nelson
First Edition, oil on panel

When people think of books, they think about a book's essential message. I think books possess qualities beyond their text. A beautifully bound book, even if it's old and worn, can be an artistic object by itself. My recent work explores books as images or parts of a graphic composition.

In addition there is something wonderful about a library or a reading room, that can calm and quiet a busy life. So I paint these spaces to invite balance into my life. I find that my painting can also take 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.

The Voyage by B St. Marie Nelson
The Voyage, oil on panel

All are welcome to an opening reception with the artist on: Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 2:00-4:00 pm. This event coincides with the Kickoff for Groton READS & WRITES 2013. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Deborah Santoro, Curator
January 2013

This exhibit is supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Open Book by B St. Marie Nelson
Open Book, oil on panel