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South County Art Association honors artist Nancy Virbila with career retrospective | Arts & Living

KINGSTON, RI – Illness has taken away Nancy Virbila’s ability to create, but she cannot steal the precious work and memories of her for her friends, admirers and those who now buy her creations.

A longtime artist who moved to Rhode Island in 2015, Virbila quickly became known for her collage work, which she often referred to as “painting with paper.” He has mixed media, bright colors and the tearing and placing of various pieces of paper to form objects or shapes in free-form but extremely detailed designs.

“She is now a patient in a memory care facility and no longer part of the arts community that was once such a big part of her life,” explained friend Linda King who, along with others from the South County Art Association, held a sale of her. work.

Proceeds from the sale will help defray the costs of a North Carolina memory care center and will also provide a contribution to the SCAA where she has been a member, exhibitor and supporter since arriving in the state.

In interviews with friends, a sadness is painted about an artist now in her mid-70s whose time was cut short more than anyone wanted and whose contributions delighted friends and admirers.

“His cheerful and often intricate work, a blend of art and craft, quickly began winning awards and attracting collectors,” said Kathleen Carland, SCAA’s director of development and former executive director.

Virbila’s main inspiration has always been nature, explained Carland, with figurative landscapes.

“Full of imagination, (they) are mixed media pieces using vivid colors and earthy textures from widely purchased handmade and decorative papers on a prepared background of acrylic paints, inks, watercolors or pastels,” she said.

The artist also loved music, which influenced his creations.

“His tracks were heavily inspired by the titles and lyrics of favorite songs. She kept a book with title ideas that read like a popular music record she loved. Close examination of some of her pieces reveals that she sometimes incorporated sheet music into her works,” Carland said.

King called her work “extraordinarily beautiful and unlike any other work in the galleries where her work has been displayed. People always come looking for her work and ask about her.

Another SCAA member and friend, Jane Robbins, highlighted some of Vibila’s designs that stood out.

One of her most important and favorite pieces, “Into the Mystic”, reflects a long perspective coastal landscape of Mystic, CT, where she has frequently shown her work. It combines delicate and soft, almost fuzzy materials to create a very textured piece.

In “The Road Not Taken,” another personal favorite, “strong verticals and strong values ​​create a compelling piece that draws you in with a soft diagonal road and a background that includes a pink sky,” Robbins pointed out.

“The use of colors and patterns not found in nature in this piece is typical of Virbila’s work,” she added.

Virbila’s husband, Jack Daily, said “her work with paper from around the world is a very rare method”.

Even though an illness robbed this woman of her ability to create and give the world her reflections on life and the nature around her, her husband and friends wanted something preserved for others as well as something for her. help her and SCAA.

The pieces for sale range in price and can be viewed at the South County Art Association, located at 2587 Kingstown Road in Kingston, next month.

“Jane Robbins and I were helping Jack dismantle his studio and in cataloging his work, we knew we had to try to find a way to make his wonderful work available to people who would like to own a piece of it,” King said. “Not only did we not want to see her life’s work put away and forgotten, but we thought the benefits would be helpful in taking care of her.”