Anything Goes: Hooked on Creativity Opens Thursday, May 9 at the Drummond Public Library

Creative artist Nancy Douglas at work.

Creative artist Nancy Douglas at work.

Bird Abode, tiled creation.

Bird Abode, tiled creation.

Photograph, Chicago Cloud.

Photograph, Chicago Cloud.

Drummond Public Library is pleased to present Anything Goes, a multi-disciplined, two- and three-dimensional exhibit by artist Nancy Douglas. The opening celebration at the Drummond Public Library is Thursday, May 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Douglas will share an informative program on her artistic journey at 4 p.m. She will include a demonstration of rubber stamp carving and reduction printing.  Nancy will be on hand to answer questions about her methods and approach to creativity.

Anything Goes highlights a body of work that transcends traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and relationships, and creates many new and meaningful forms and interpretations. Nancy Douglas opens herself to originality and her quirky imagination.Douglas is a reverse snowbird. She's a 'north woods' penguin from southern California who travels eastward to the Drummond /Cable area each fall to enjoy our world of color and the snow of winter, and stays happily through spring.

Cecil B. Demille,  a founding father of cinema and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history, once said, “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”  Douglas shares this sentiment and is hooked on creativity, saying "I am never so motivated or driven as when a creative project has taken over my mind, drifting in and out as I drive, eat, and attempt to sleep."

For Nancy, part of her creative process is the joy of unpredictability and spontaneity that comes from many choices of what medium and method she chooses to use. " I've tried many things through the years.  I  worked wide range of materials and have developed through study and practice an array of skills . Once I've opened a door to a skill or medium, it may slip to the back burner for a while as another comes forward, but seldom leaves altogether,” she says.

This exhibit will appeal to adults as well as children. She has journeyed from being a five-year-old playing with modeling clay to a “grownup” playing with Legos. The show includes stained glass windows, watercolor  and acrylic paintings, photography, stereographic views, Lego clocks illustrating fables and fairy tales, stamping projects, a miniature book, ceramic tile projects, glass and tile birdhouses, and paper marbling.

Last summer Nancy painted about 1000 4-inch ceramic tiles and turned them into a huge installation in her Riverside, California, front yard called The Octopus's Garden in the Shade. There will be a large photo of this in the exhibit. Some selected pieces, including Lego clocks, stamped and marbled cards,  and watercolors, will be on sale during the show.

The public is invited to view the show in an exhibit space that is part of a beautiful Wisconsin Public Library located in Drummond.   This eclectic exhibit will hang in the library through September 8. The Drummond Public Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 ; Saturday 9 to 1. Join us May 9  from 3 p.m. til  5 p.m.for the opening.celebration.  For more information call the library at 715-739-6290.