An Artist's Passionate Journey of Discovery

Contributed by Town Square Art Gallery

Meet the artist, Nancy Angelini Crawford, Saturday, May 7th, 1-4 at the Town Square Art Gallery located in the Carrs Wasilla Mall. The art show includes Nancy’s original works of art depicting her personal journey of self-discovery as she has traveled and painted her way through Alaska, the US and Europe. 

Nancy Angelini Crawford grew up in New England. A love of the ocean, harbor towns and crayons were her favorite things. At a young age Nancy was accepted to the Famous Artists School by drawing replicas of cartoon characters. That was her beginning of understanding concepts, instruction and critiques. In her late teens, Nancy moved to Florida for a winter reprieve as a glass blower and soon met her husband to be. While there, she also worked as a studio assistant to a prominent artist of West Palm Beach. 

In 1981, an extreme change took place. Nancy and her husband settled in Alaska. Living the frontier dream, they lived off the land, built a cabin and started their family.  Building their home, working jobs and raising children took precedence. For a while, art was on hold. 

After residing in Wasilla, Alaska for over 30 years, her children raised, she began taking local watercolor classes and then moved on to studying under contemporary masters such as Kevin McPherson, David Gallup, Dean Larson and others. Without a formal education, Nancy continues to travel and take workshops to take her art to the next level.  

Gleaning bits from each artist instructor, Nancy's work now carries her own voice.   No matter what the medium, (watercolor, pastel or oil) her goal is to know the techniques well, apply them, and then embellish with her own style. 

Alaska's beautiful scenery, her past life by the sea and travels are the inspiration for most of her work.  She acknowledges that the beauty around her is a gift from God, as are her artistic abilities and so feels the need to share her gifts.

Nancy explains her passion, "I love the feeling of standing in a museum, or in front of any painting that makes me just stop and stand in awe.  Time no longer exists and the only thing there at that moment is the interaction of all that I am connecting with, what an artist felt and lived and created. It's like a wordless conversation between the artist and the viewer, music without sound. There are memories of moments that bring our emotions to the surface. When the conversation runs so deep or when you must keep coming back to it, if at all possible, that's when you know it's yours."

Please join the staff at Town Square Art Gallery for a delightful afternoon of art, conversation and refreshments while discovering Nancy Angelini Crawford for yourself.  Nancy’s art show continues for the entire month of May. For more information, please contact Town Square Art Gallery 907-376-0123, or stop by during gallery hours, Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.