May Featured Artist – Nancy Thomas

MAY 2021

For the month of May the Artists’ Gallery will feature current works of Nancy R. Thomas in a show entitled “Solitude”. The show will feature recent work completed in 2020/2021. A most challenging year, according to the artist, who upon reflection of her finished work, felt it all spoke the same message. “A message of Solitude, appropriate and befitting a year of lockdown.”

Most of the plein air events in 2020 were canceled or held virtually, but the few that carried on found artists staying and painting alone, viewed by masked and socially distanced art patrons. Thomas participated in Paint Stevensville winning an Award of Excellence and in Paint Ocean City winning 3rd place in the Quickdraw contest.
In October, Thomas was able to make her annual painting trip to Broadkill Beach, Delaware, only after the four participating artists had been tested for Covid.

“It has been a year of contemplation and self reflection, stated the artist. I feel this show reflects those emotions.” Please stop by the gallery to view the show and to meet the artist on First Friday May 7, 2021.

Nancy came to the Eastern Shore in 1994 from Alexandria, VA., where she pursued dual careers of dancing and painting for over two decades. Her painting classes were taken at The Torpedo Factory, The Corcoran School of Art, A Project Study Tour of Italy and Northern Virginia Community College, where she earned an Associates Degree in Fine Art in 1990. Thomas is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and past member of The Washington Watercolor Association. Upon moving to the Eastern Shore, she was juried into the Working Artists Forum, she held the position of President for three years. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and paints with The Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay. She has participated in the Local Color Show held each year in conjunction with Plein Air Easton for 15 years. She juried into Plein Air Easton in 2018. She finds the light of the Eastern Shore to be captivating and enjoys capturing the waterways and dramatic skies on canvas.

The show will hang for the month of May at The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St, Chestertown.