Featuring Nance Lee Sneddon
Painted Contemporary Tapestries
Nance Lee Sneddon is an artist and designer who was born in southwestern Pennsylvania. Inspired by the creative women in her life, she painted and batiked fabrics as a girl, sewing them into functional clothing and home furnishings.
After studying with a major in textile design at Edinboro University, she moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in 1978 and stayed for 18 years. While in Hilton Head, Nance developed a line of women's fine art accessories which included handbags, fashion belts and hand-sewn and dyed clothing. These were sold in boutiques, including Henri Bendel and Art Museum gift stores.
In the mid-1980's Nance's work evolved into large, loose canvases with the look of contemporary tapestry. Nance co-created Moonshell Gallery, a fine arts gallery in Hilton Head in 1990, which represented 25 internationally known artists. She owned and operated Moonshell Gallery until 1997.
Nance moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1996, where she lives and paints full-time. Charleston has been a huge influence in her work, with its vibrant light, wonderful architectural shapes and balmy, almost tropical, natural beauty.
Nance's work traveled for four years to United States Embassies in Australia and Jordan as part of the United States Art in Embassies Program. More recently, Nance's Extra Tropical series spent two years at the U.S. Embassy in Panama. Nance's work may be seen in many large-scale corporate collection settings, hotels, heath care facilities and in private homes across the country. This is the first time she will be showcasing her current work in Pennsylvania.
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