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Bob Bersson

"Inspired by Nature" Paintings

March - April | Bob Bersson

8 AM - 4 PM (M - F) | Frances Plecker Education Center

 

Artist Statement

Composing with natural forms on paper, the enamel spray paintings that you see before you intermarry realism and abstraction, a photo-like clarity and atmospheric mystery.  Along with mystery, these Untitled (Nature Series) paintings are about beauty.  I build from and compose with the wide-ranging forms that nature presents to me.  The final result can surprise with a unique beauty born of natural and human creativity.

Briefly, biographically, I grew up in Brooklyn and the rural-suburban town of Spring Valley 20 miles north of New York City.  I did my undergraduate and masters degrees at Brandeis University and the State University of New York at New Paltz respectively; then on to a Ph.D at the University of Maryland.   I was a Professor of Art and Art History at James Madison University from 1980 and 2003 and have continued to teach a variety of courses in the JMU Honors and Lifelong Learning Programs right up to the present.

On the environmental front, I was a founder of the Blacks Run Restoration Project, Annual Blacks Run Workday, and Harrisonburg Greenway initiative between 1989-2000.  My most recent work has been in the Dayton area with the greenway path from Cooks Creek Park to Silver Lake and the installation of lakeside interpretive signs to encourage a healthy environment for the local wildlife and aquatic life.

PAST EXHIBITIONS ARCHIVE

2020

January - February | JMU Student Exhibition
March - April | Frances Coates

2019

January - February | Erica Lohan
March - April | Jackie Labovitz
May - June | Tony DiStefano
July - August | Ann Currie & Christine Andreae
Sept - Oct | Andrea Finch
Nov - Dec | Lotta Helleberg

2018

Janurary - February | Gene Gibb
March - April | Kelli Hertzler
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Dabney Kirchman
Sept - Oct | Celia Culver Rutt
Nov - Dec | Lynn Whitmore

2017

January - February | Jessica Horting + Sarah Phillips
March - April | Nadia Louderback
May - June | Tamara Gibson
July - August | Nancy Spahr
September - October | Sharon Strite
November - December | Joyce Ellis Overby

2016

January - February | Deborah Davis
March - April | Mia LaBerge
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Annette Naber
September - October | Martha Crider Henderson
November - December | Janet Pearlman

 

2015

January - February | Celia Culver Rutt
March - April | Janet Lee Wright
May - June | Denise Kanter Allen
July - August | Manita K. Bentley
September |Arboretum Employees
October | Jeremiah Morris
November |Elaine Hurst

2014

January - February | Brian Ripley
March - April | Sarah Phillips
May - June | Paige Ramsey
July - August | Lynda Chandler
September - December | Jewel Yoder Hertzler
November - December | Brenda Fairweather

2013

January - February | JMU Art Students Exhibit
March - April | Marilyn Banner
May - June | Anita Cooper
July - August | Gabrielle Gill
September - October | Jeffery Stockberger
November - December | Judith N. Ligon

2012

January 2012 | Evan McGrew
February - March | Christine Andreae
April - May | Frank Ceravalo
June - July | Steven Johnson
August - September | Janet Cardwell
October | A Collective Exhibit of Children's Botanical Drawings
November - December | Carl 'Spike' Knuth

2011

May - June | Ed Gowen
July - August | Barbara Wachter
September | Matalie Griffin Rivard Deane
October - November | Carolyn Ratcliffe
December |Evan McGrew

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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