PLAINFIELD — “Pastel Perspectives II” is a continuation of Nancy Brangaccio’s solo show at Swain Galleries two years ago. Opening April 6 and running through April 30, the artist described the opening reception as a gathering of friends and a celebration of what she has done since her last show. The exhibit features soothing tablescapes and tranquil landscapes done with the artist’s usual careful attention to fine details.
“I often start with one piece, for instance, a ginger jar I had in my home that I brought into my workplace. Then I add other elements that I think will go with it, trying to match the feeling the piece while adding different heights, shapes or textures to the painting. The work evolves gradually as the mood of the painting develops.” Brangaccio tries to paint everyday, “as long as there is nothing else pressing.”
Brangaccio is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has won many PSA exhibition awards. In September of 2012 she won the Connecticut Pastel Society Award at the Pastel Society of America show in New York City Gramercy Park. In November she won the Award of Excellence at the Mountain Art Show in Bernardsville, and the Best in Still Life Award at the Pastel Society of New Jersey Members Show.
Swain Galleries, family owned and operated for 145 years, is located at 703 Watchung Avenue, in Plainfield’s Crescent Historic District. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.swaingalleries.com.
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