May, 2017
A French Connection

Bruce Nellsmith

May 5 – June 17, 2017


A French Connection by Bruce Nellsmith, Visual Arts Program Coordinator and Professor of Art at Newberry College opens Friday, May 5 with an opportunity to meet the artist from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Every year for the last eight or so the artist turns in his students’ grades and along with his wife Cathy, head for France for five weeks. During this time you can find him on the streets and corners of Paris as well as other French cities and towns, painting and drawing.

The works shown in this exhibit were created from last year’s visit. The artist says, “Upon my first visit to France, I felt more like I was catching up with an old friend that I had not seen in a long time rather than meeting someone for the first time – it was new, but it was somehow familiar at once. I found something in me, personally, and as an artist, in France, as if a missing part of me had been waiting there for me to reclaim.

The artist paints an experience more so than a record of the appearance of
a particular location. According to Nellsmith, drawing and painting on location will “emboss” the experience of being present, or in the midst of the subject, on one's memory and one's soul, but even more drawing and painting in the studio is necessary to fully exhume that experience.

International known and award wining, Nellsmith is known for his signature style of bold and energetic brushstrokes along with vibrant rich colors which truly convey the essence and experience of France.

Nellsmith received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BFA from the University of Georgia in Athens.  Nellsmith has been listed in Art in America's International Index to Artists; his works have been exhibited in the South Carolina Sate Museum, in galleries throughout the country and featured on ETV. Nellsmith's works are included in many private, state and public collections throughout the country and Canada.



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