“Black Beach” by Elizabeth Nelson

ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May

October 26 – December 29, 2017

Opening Reception Thursday, October 26, 5-7pm


Artist Statement: After a short visit to Iceland in 2012, I experienced an irresistible magnetic pull, a need to be there again for a longer time to paint what I saw and felt of the landscape and weather; to be a part of the life there.

Five years later, in May, I was able to return to Iceland. I was accepted for a month long Arts Residency with SĺM, (the Association of Icelandic Artists) an organization that supports a cultural exchange of visual artists with all countries of the world.

These paintings are the result of that experience. Sometimes exactly what I thought I was painting remained as I had painted it. But quite often when the paint dried the image had changed. Instead of being the solitary maker, I became a collaborator with the paint and the surface.  The progression of time became important to the process. Each level of the painting simultaneously revealing and camouflaging– perhaps reflecting the changing weather of Iceland, or the changing stability of the earth underneath, or my deepening shifts of perception.


Bio: Elizabeth Nelson has exhibited in shows throughout Vermont and New England as well as in juried shows in Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Her work was featured prominently in the recent “Art of Vermont” exhibit which toured state wide, and is in many private collections, including those of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tanglewood, The Federal Reserve in Boston, Cobella Design in Portland, Oregon, and Jay Peak Resort. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Explore and learn more here.


Click here for photos of the opening reception and exhibit