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Merri Nelson - Oct 2009


 October Solo Artist Show
"Summer Island”
Merri Nelson’s Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery
October 8 – November 2, 2009













“Summer Island,” Merri Nelson’s solo exhibit of delicate, detailed drawings portrays the diverse environments of a small Maine island.  For years this island has been her subject and inspiration. 



This small island, which will remain unnamed, was once inhabited but has reverted back to the wild.  “The moment I stepped on the island I felt at home.  I love that it’s absolutely pristine, private, and untrampled.  The interior forest of ancient firs, dripping with moss and filled with ferns like a tropical environment… the island’s pink granite ledges scoured by glaciers and smoothed by waves… and deserted coves of cobblestones, tidelines, and tidepools with shells and sea creatures are all as they were a hundred years ago.”



The shoreline constantly changes bringing new shapes and colors.  Nelson is interested in contrast that is created, inspired to realistically capture the forms, textures, and colors in the environment.   “The landscape is dramatic, yet quiet and contemplative.   My medium (colored pencil and graphite) is perfect to capture the soft colors and details of these landscapes.”





Nelson lives and works in the Loudoun County Virginia countryside.  A professional artist, art instructor, and illustrator for over 30 years, she has done natural science illustration for local and national groups, written and illustrated interpretive exhibits for the National Park Service (including Grand Teton National Park), and taught art classes for The Art League, the Smithsonian Associates, US Botanic Garden, VA State Arboretum, NY State Museum and others.  Nelson specializes in teaching adult beginners to draw realistically and activate their right-brain seeing skills.  She has been awarded two artist residencies.  Her artwork is exhibited locally and nationally.











In The Art League Gallery:
“Summer Island”
October 8 – November 2, 2009

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist:
Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Artist Demonstration:
Saturday, October 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Solo-Artist Gallery in The Art League Gallery
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Art League Gallery Hours:
Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
For further information on this show, please call The Art League Gallery at 703.683.1780.




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