Art in the Music Library: Featuring the Works of Nancy Hayes Washington

Primavera (acrylic on canvas) by Nancy Hayes Washington

“I suppose I must have been an artist all my life, but for a long time I just didn’t realize it,” Nancy Hayes Washington writes as the first line in her Artist’s Statement. The Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit, courtesy of the Trenholm Artists Guild, that includes twelve of Washington’s photographs and paintings.

Washington’s inspiration to begin creating her own visual art came as the result of a class  in religious art taught at the Lutheran Seminary. Her instructor insisted that “to truly appreciate the masters (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.) we needed to paint ourselves…” and instructed the class to “paint something from The Creation.” Washington writes,”The very next day I purchased some acrylic paints, some brushes and some canvases and I have been painting ever since.”

Washington has had two show of her acrylic paintings, one of which is still up at Shandon United Methodist Church and this is the third show featuring her photographs. She’s won several prizes for her photography as well, including First Prize for Photography at the Trenholm Artists Guild’s 2014 Spring Juried Art Exhibit & Sale.