This superb exhibition tells you a lot about Nance and her dedication to her art - delicate etchings, monoprints and bold oils depicting her beloved Cape Bridgewater environment. She and her friends - including June Hedditch, Grace McGugan and others - revelled in the beautiful environment of this district and responded to it in writing, film-making and art. They were very generous in sharing their talents, but always made sure they had lots of fun.
The catalogue has family reminiscences about her life and era, and lots of information about the pictures. It was produced by the Hamilton Art Gallery, which curated the exhibition and owns many of her works. It is an excellent document. The exhibition was shown at the Hamilton Art Gallery 5 April - 28 May 2006 and at the Portland Arts Centre 5 - 30 June 2006.
Nancy was a strong supporter of CEMA, which in turn was able to nurture her talent. She entered the Art Competitions between 1960 and 1975; her works were among many acquired for the Portland Art Collection, and two of Portland's oils are in this exhibition. As well as entering the competition Nance frequently assisted CEMA with hanging the Art competition entries. Local people were also able to acquire her work at these showings. When the Arts Centre was built in 1974, Nancy Malseed was the first artist to run classes there under the auspices of CEMA, which then ran the building and all activities.
Note that "Seal Cave" and "Environment 3" were both winners of the Portland CEMA Art Prize (1964 & 1969), and were presented by CEMA to the Portland Town Council for their Cultural Collection. They are both housed at the Portland Arts Centre.
Members can be very proud, as not only is the exhibition shown to its best advantage in the Arts Centre spaces created by CEMA; it also shows the excellence of this small gallery. Dimity Phillips, Cultural Collection Officer for the Glenelg Shire, has also demonstrated her skills in showing Nancy Malseed's paintings to their best advantage.
These pictures were taken by Warren Mars and used with the permission of the Malseed family. Text by Lex Chalmers.