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Mementos: Landscapes, Portraits and Still Life


January 30-February 24, 2024
Reception: Saturday, February 3: 3-6 pm

Artist interview with Mary Morris (author):

Thursday, February  22: 6-7 pm

Closing reception: Saturday, February 24 3-6 pm

The Artist will be at the gallery all Saturdays

during the exhibition and Thursday 2/1

Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present “Mementos” an exhibition of paintings by Nancy Sandler Bass. This show represents Nancy Sandler Bass’ recent paintings which are a culmination of her years working with fabrics and various materials as a designer and her development as a painter.

Growing up surrounded by the beaches and farmland of Eastern Long Island the images of those places have remained with her throughout her life and have become an integral part of the perspectives and themes that she embodies in her art. Spending much of her time painting en plein-air, she was drawn to the immediacy, the urgency of catching the light, the colors, and the sense of place.


Nancy was painting by age twelve, exhibiting in group shows in her early teens and a solo show in her early twenties. But from an early age, she was also drawn to fabric, and patterns. “I have always loved fabric, the different colors, textures, and character, and the potential within those materials for expressing myself.” Her love of fabric led her to a career in designing prints and accessories. Her career in design deepened her appreciation and understanding of the materials she now uses in her painting. Her latest approach to all subject matter encompasses the same immediacy she applies to her en plein-air paintings, combining her love and understanding of texture, to capture the essence of a moment. The mixture of materials, layering, and collaged segments create a rich surface texture with an echo that brings depth and narrative history to the final painting. Whether it is portraiture, still life, or landscapes, in the studio or en plein air, Nancy captures the essence of her subject.


These paintings are intimate observations that include both sensory memory and realistic observation. In the words of Bob Dylan, “The purpose of art is to stop time.”

“My goal is not just to stop time but to hold on to it” NSB

 Nancy Sandler Bass studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the Art Students’ League of NY, and the Brooklyn Museum School, with a recent artist residency at Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino in Florence, Italy. Her work has been featured in juried shows including exhibits at the Salmagundi Club, the Art Students’ League of NY, the Montauk Artist Association and the Lichtundfire Gallery.

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