Campus gallery features abstract painters

The Contemporary Art Gallery is home to three exhibits this summer. Rosemary Goodell and Anne C. Nelson are featured as abstract painters, and the third exhibit is titled “Vase and Vessels,” comprised of multiple artists.
Gallery Director Dale Newkirk described both Goodell and Nelson’s work as inspired by nature’s landscapes, and “Vase and Vessels” highlights ceramics pieces.
California-born Goodell received her master’s in painting from the University of California Berkeley. For her standout work, she was also awarded a visual arts fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her work sometimes comes in a series of paintings because her ideas soon evolve into more than just one image. Case and point, paintings “Chaos,” “Vegetation” and “Day 7” are all part of her “Creation” series that showcases her passion for acrylics and oils. This, she believes, gives her work more depth.    
“My works are personal responses to ideas, experiences and nature,” Goodell said. “I tend to work in a series reflecting one theme or idea. I enjoy painting with acrylic, too. It dries fast, so it is fun to begin a painting using it. I can make changes quickly. Later I like to paint with oil because I think that the colors have more depth.”
According to Newkirk, Nelson is inspired by “interior/ exterior landscape” scenes.
Nelson is also an abstract painter who received her studio art degree from the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in New York City in 2008. Her work has been featured in numerous art galleries around the country.
Recently she had her paintings shown in the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center and the Tulane University Carroll Gallery. The Minneapolis native was also an artist in residence at the St. Roch Community Church in New Orleans.
In a statement from her website, Nelson claims “Painterly brushwork charts a tension between the surface of the canvas and the view of the landscape, and describes the shifting moments that comprise relationships. We carry these experiences with us as distillations or icons called memories, but sometimes these memories become the settings in which we live out the unfolding present.”
For more information about the exhibits, contact the CAG at 985-549-5080.