Posted on September 21, 2015, BY Staff

"Grapevines Running" by Simonne Roy

Bertrand Library will host a solo exhibition of recent landscapes by local artist Simonne Roy beginning Friday, Sept. 25, and continuing through Jan. 22, 2016.

"Simonne Roy: Plein Air France & Pennsylvania" includes more than 50 original works painted on site in France and Pennsylvania. The show compares and contrasts the landscapes of the two locations. The exhibition is free and can be viewed during normal library hours in the Blanchard Gummo Gallery, located on the building's second floor.     

An opening reception will be held Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. In her gallery talk, which starts at 5 p.m., Roy will discuss the differences between plein air painting in France and Pennsylvania and will share some of the humorous adventures of painting in both settings. All paintings will be available for purchase.  

Roy has spent prolonged periods of time living and painting in France. She lived there from 2012 to 2014, when many of the paintings in this exhibit were created. She also studied in France for a year at the age of 20.  

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, Roy has been painting outdoors since childhood. After moving to Lewisburg in 1980, she practiced law on a full-time basis for about 30 years, painting intensely during workshops in Massachusetts, Texas, France and Italy, on weekends and during holidays and vacations. Over the years, Roy evolved from a "lawyer who paints" into a professional artist. She works in oils and watercolors and sells her paintings through shows, galleries and online. She also does commissioned paintings of homes, gardens, landscapes and commercial buildings.    

Roy won first place in the Lewisburg Arts Festival show for "Blueberry Field." Her painting "Sunflower Field" was accepted into the competitive juried show sponsored by Doshi Gallery and held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The painting "Grapevines Running" won honorable mention in the 2015 Lewisburg Arts Festival show.  

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