East by Northeast: Directions in Oil Pastel

An Exhibit of Paintings by Nancy Rehm

Nancy Rehm lives in Dallas, PA. Originally from Gettysburg, Nancy studied art at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at Tufts University, where she was a drama major specializing in theatrical design. She worked as a professional costume and set designer in Boston before returning to Gettysburg and working as a teacher in the Upper Adams School District. In addition, she has spent 15 years studying shamanism, an ancient, pan-cultural way of being and of perceiving oneself and one’s relationship to the Earth and living things. She is a member of the Adams County Arts Council and has had work displayed in its juried shows. Nancy is currently an associate and board member of the Art Efekts Gallery in Pittston.

Although she has worked in many different types of media, including watercolor, oil paint, and even fresco, oil pastel is her preferred medium. She describes her work as ‘sophisticated finger-painting.’ She draws with the pastels and uses her fingers to blend them on the paper.

The current exhibit displays work spanning the last five years and includes a variety of subjects and styles.

According to the artist: “My work is about the shifting ways in which I see the world of spatial reality.  A brain injury in my youth left me with an altered perception of dimensionality, which I later learned to harness for artistic purposes, in part through my shamanic studies. Oil pastel is my preferred medium because it allows me to vary my style and technique in order to express the mood, motion, and multi-layered quality of the world as I experience it.

The title of the show refers both to my movement in physical reality, northeast from Gettysburg to Dallas, and to the shamanic East, which is the place of illumination and the divine spark of creativity.”