July 4, 2022

Lyme Art Association Presents “A Contemporary Look”

Maui sisters by Margaret Somers Kangley

“A Contemporary Look,” a special invitation-only exhibition, is now hanging in Lyme Art Association’s Goodman Gallery.

The exhibition of contemporary representational artwork by invited artists runs through Feb. 26.

Andrea Anderson, Charles Taylor, Nancy Lasar,  James Reed and Margaret Somers Kangley (whose painting Maui Sisters is pictured at left) are among the artists exhibiting in “A Contemporary Look.”

Andrea Anderson has been painting in oils for over 10 years, and takes her inspiration from the surrounding Connecticut River Valley.  Anderson has studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and resides in Lyme, where she finds the light “amazing.”

Charles Taylor studied Art at Bard College in upstate New York, where he found inspiration from everything around him.  He has traveled extensively and uses sketches from his travels to compose multi-media monotypes as well as works in oil. Taylor resides in Lyme.

For over 40 years, Nancy Lasar has worked with images observed from nature using a variety of media (including drawing, painting, printmaking and photography).  Through layering, drawing, and erasing, Lasar’s work emphasizes temporality and the interconnected, dynamic movement of life.

Lasar’s award-winning images have been exhibited throughout New York and New England, including The National Academy Museum, NY; the Mattatuck Museum; the Bruce Museum; the Lyman Allyn Art Museum; the New Britain Museum, and the International Print Center, NY, just to name a few. Lasar currently lives in Washington, Conn., where she also maintains her studio.

James Reed is considered a master printer of both intaglio and lithography, and has printed in various shops throughout the United States, Mexico and France. Reed has collaborated with over 200 artists during a professional career that has spanned over 35 years.

His work is included in many public and corporate collections, including the New York Public Library; the University of Nebraska Museum; the Achenbach Print Foundation, San Francisco; the Housatonic Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institute and the Tamarind Institute. Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and his Masters from San Francisco State University.  He has also studied at the prestigious Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While continuing to paint, Margaret Somers Kangley has pursued a career in art education as an award-winning secondary school art instructor and as an Adjunct Professor at Wesleyan University.  She has also served as a consultant to the State Department of Education. Kangley’s work appears in many private and corporate collections.

LAA’s “19th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition” of landscape, portrait and still life paintings by Associate Artist members is on view in the Association’s front galleries, and also runs through Feb. 26.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the noted American Impressionists and members of the Lyme Art Colony and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art classes and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a nationally recognized historic building designed by Charles Adams Platt. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm.