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This weekend only, island painter Neeltje Westerlund holds her first solo show.
A life-long amateur artist, she has worked in multiple media: pen and ink, felt, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal among them. Three years ago she decided to turn pro. She took up oil painting and dedicated herself to learning the medium.
Since then, her schedule has been simple. When not at her full-time job, she is in her studio—every week night and the majority of the weekend's waking hours. That discipline has paid off. She made a successful gallery debut last summer in group shows at The South Wharf Gallery and has been selling consistently this year at The Artists Association of Nantucket.
Westerlund's work captures something ineffable about the island. Something essential. Her palette reflects Nantucket's always shifting, rapturous, and strange light. Her choice of subject reframes what is right in front of us.
“Rounding the Bend: Dionis to Codfish Park by Automobile” makes a strong case that the Nantucket rumored to have disappeared remains. The paintings interpret our lovely, odd, and sometimes melancholy island with mirth and deep affection.
This show is popping up at The Sanford Boat Building for three days only. The opening reception is Friday, August 3 from 6 - 9 PM. Saturday the exhibit will be open between 10AM - 6PM. Sunday from Noon - 4PM. The Sanford Boat Building is between Sparks Ave. and Pleasant St. behind The Sea Grille. It is also home to the Spirit of Toys and The Camera Shop.
Pictured: "Codfish Park VI", 18" x 24", oil on canvas