Two for One: Aina Nergaard-Nammack and Marta Nammack
There’s an exhibit called Double Take at Gallery 50 on Wilmington Avenue, up for just the next few days, and it exemplifies that the Nammack apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The reference is to the mother/daughter team of artists, Aina Nergaard-Nammack and Marta Nammack, now represented at the gallery.
The artists, with two distinct mediums—an acrylic painter and a photographer—join together for the exhibit, Double Take, to demonstrate how one thing can lead to another.
Daughter Marta Nammack, a local photographer, provided her mother, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, with photographs of different scenes, including local facades and landscapes. Nergaard-Nammack then painted her own versions of these photographs in acrylic on canvas.
Now these original photographs and the paintings that they inspired are hanging together at Gallery 50.
Nergaard-Nammack is interested in simplifying the forms in the field. She starts the painting by selecting one or more shapes that appear in the photograph, but then eliminating some and simplifying others to achieve her composition. Simplicity is the result: a true-to-nature view in the photograph; distorted structure and capricious colors in the painting.
The paintings may resemble the photographs in some cases, but they may also be so different from the original photograph that the viewer might not understand how one led to the other. But the exhibit highlights each artist’s own style and shows how one artist can be inspired by another’s work.
Aina Nergaard-Nammack, a popular and much-appreciated artist, was born in Spain, lived in Norway, and has been here in the US for many years. She is a long-time exhibitor of her large, abstract paintings at the Rehoboth Art League, in various area venues, and has had a one-woman show at the Biggs Museum in Dover. She is also one of the artists in our HeART & Soul Art Auction in the CAMP Rehoboth gallery through June 1, where admirers can Bid or Buy Now!
Her daughter, Marta Nammack, also from Lewes, is a recently retired biologist who now focuses on her photography.
The exhibit continues through May 24 at Gallery 50, at 50 Wilmington Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach. ▼
The Canal, Lewes photo by Marta Nammack (top), painting by Aina Nergaard-Nammack