January 9 – 27, 2016

Plainsboro Public Library, December 2015 — In January of 2016, the Gallery at Plainsboro Public Library presents “Narratives”, a thoughtful collaboration between two artists that will provide the viewer with a wealth of interest, detail, and surprise. Artists Elaine Rosenberg and Nancy Scott have found common purpose in shaping images with paper, fabric, paint, ink, and found objects in their mixed media and collages. With vibrant colors and textures, and vivid imagination, they draw upon memory and history, people and place for inspiration. Their work tells a story, either figuratively or literally, which the viewer can interpret freely, or in which they can discover personal parallels. An art reception will be held Sunday, January 10, from 2 to 4 pm, where the public is invited to engage with the artists about their work. The show runs January 9 – 27, 2016.

Elaine Rosenberg, a resident of North Brunswick, is an administrator in the Publishing Operations Department at the IEEE in Piscataway. She began art studies at Kean University, and has further developed her skills with instruction at the Visual Art Center of NJ, the Arts Council of Princeton, Artworks, and various educational art retreats. Ms. Rosenberg describes her art:

Art is my passion. This developed in college, when a particular art professor encouraged us to use whatever medium we preferred, and to create whatever we imagined. I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom she gave us for self-discovery. After much exploration, I find that my greatest interest is in abstract art, and my favorite mediums collage and mixed media.

I believe my strengths lie in composition, layout, and design. My collages are dimensional, and I enjoy looking for articles that I can incorporate into the artwork. Many of these articles can be found in antique shops, flea markets, or just around the house.

Some of my collages are personalized for family and friends.  Others are created with a particular theme in mind, or by just combining materials that are visually appealing and exciting.

Ms. Rosenberg uses a variety of materials in “Puzzles” which represents the bridges we cross in an effort to reach nirvana. The inset mirror reflects the viewer, recognizing that we all have challenges in our lifetimes.

Nancy Scott, a resident of Lawrenceville, NJ, is a poet as well as artist. She describes how her writing is intertwined with her visual art:

In 2010, I became intrigued with creating collages and mixed media. When I started, I was concerned about controlling space, so most of my artwork is rendered on 6”x9” matte board, originally the actual dividers that came in the boxes of my poetry books. In both my writing and my art I often explore themes of people and place.

For me, creating a collage is very much like writing a poem. I track down thematic materials from the same sources—newspapers, catalogs, books, photographs. I work intuitively, mostly through trial and error, searching for the right images or colors to realize the idea that begins to take shape. In the same way that I hone a poem to its best form and meaning, I combine what may appear as disparate images discarding some until the rest come together to create a cohesive work of art. Recently, I have begun working more with acrylics, again with the familiar themes of portrait and landscape.

Whether collage or painting, I envision my work as providing a prompt for the viewer’s narrative as well as my own. Some images along with my own poems or those of others have been published in various literary journals.

Both of the artists have exhibited their work extensively in the regional area.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ.
Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday,
and 10-5 Friday – Sunday.
For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library

Elaine Rosenberg

Nancy Scott