Paintings by Nancy Pitcher with polymer and paper sculpture by A. Kelly Richard will be on display February 1-29 at the Jekyll Island Arts Association exhibit at Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island. Hours are weekdays from Noon to 4 and weekends from 10 to 4. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on February 2 from 1 to 3.
Living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, sculptor A. Kelly Richard is inspired by Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, pelicans, alligators and Loggerhead Turtles. She has worked for over 40 years in many mediums including clay cast in stone and bronze, wood and welded metal. She combines her knowledge of these techniques for the Jekyll Island Art Association exhibit by producing works in polymer and paper composites and in epoxy. “All of my work is strong, detailed and highly functional,” she states. “No two pieces are exactly the same.”
For many years Richard professionally installed art exhibitions for profit and nonprofit galleries. She owned and operated the League of Maryland Craftsmen in several locations in
Maryland and the American Craftworks Collection in Annapolis, Maryland. More recently, Richard has focused primarily on creating artwork for public spaces.
“I completed an extensive project for the Visitors Center at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina,” she explains. “I sculpted and painted ¾ size, realistic flying birds such as a Bald Eagle, a Wood Stork, a Pelican, a Laughing Gull and an Osprey as part of the center’s permanent exhibit. The birds are suspended from the ceiling as if they are in flight.” In addition to the realistic Lowcountry birds, Richard sculpted a 40” Loggerhead Turtle displayed in a custom designed case with built-in instructional activities for Hunting Island visitors.
Born in Minnesota, artist Nancy Pitcher began painting about 30 years ago in the folk art and decorative painting modality. It was not until she retired from public education as a teacher and administrator and moved from New Jersey to Emerald Lakes in the Pocono Mountains that she began fine art painting in watercolor, oil and colored pencil.
“My husband Phil Botti and I spent a great deal of time mountain climbing, hiking, skiing and biking throughout the United States,” Pitcher states, “and most of my artistic inspiration comes from observations and experiences in the outdoors. However, I like change and can become inspired by many different genres including still life paintings, landscapes, portraits, birds, animals as well as abstracts.”
Her recent accomplishments include winning ribbons from Coolbaugh Township Historical Association in watercolor, oil and mixed media and the Pocono Mountain Arts Council members show at Clymer Library. She has been the president of the Pocono Mountain Arts Council for ten years and works with Northampton Community College in collaboration with other arts councils to bring art exhibits to the Dunning Gallery.
Pitcher is a self-taught artist who continues to study painting in her local area and at painting conventions across the country. She presents watercolor and oil painting workshops to the Pocono Painters group, the Pocono Mountain Public Library, and the senior group at the Mountain Center. She spends winters in Savannah, Georgia where she continues to attend painting seminars. She teaches both beginning and intermediate watercolor classes for the Jekyll Island Arts Association.