The Rickie Report has been following the upward move of local artist, Nina Fusco with great interest. Her original images range from whimsical to realistic and all are executed using 3D paper sculpture. Nina will be exhibiting in a number of juried shows and will be selling her work at a local crafts fair.
Nina Fusco graduated from Kean University in NJ. She majored in visual communications and minored in graphic design. In her home studio, she developed branding for area businesses, wrote and illustrated a children’s book then moved to Jupiter Florida.
Lighthouse ArtCenter Members’ Show Winners – Nina is on the right.
Nina has a passion for paper. Self taught, she manipulates the flat surface of paper by cutting, scoring and bending it to bring it to life. Her art is about relationships. The relationship of light and dark shadows is displayed in her paper sculptures. Over the years the simple shapes have evolved to include texture and colors. She has also created a line of greeting cards.
“Pretty in Pink”
Nina explores the contrasting relationship between working tight and loosely. The sharp point of pencils engage her in fine detail, whereas a large flowing piece of paper invites her to work loosely.
Her photo collages overlap captured moments in time, a slice of life. Intertwined relationships, time and space. Juxtaposed images fill the space like the memories in your mind. “After Irene” evokes a response to Mother Nature without being judgmental. You want to be walking that beach and picking up those shells!
“After Irene” Photo Collage
On Saturday November 3rd, Nina will be appearing at the popular North Palm Beach Annual Fall Crafts Show. Located in the Community Center at 1200 Prosperity Farms Road in N. Palm Beach from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, this juried show is a highlight for holiday shopping. Be sure to check out Nina’s card selection!
Circle of Peace
Nina is a member of a number of organizations, including the North County Artists Association. Their member show is being held at the Jupiter Community Center and runs through Nov. 9 Her “C.C.C.: Cancer Conquered Club” piece will be on display. It is filled with hope and a sense of the future. Notice the texture in everyone’s clothing and hair! You can also order this image on a T-shirt! Jupiter Community Center is located at 210 Military Trail near the Police Station.
Come to the Opening Reception on Friday Nov. 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Jupiter Community Center, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter by the Police station for Nina’s next show. If you can’t make the reception, the show runs from Nov 16 – Dec 31.
Most of Nina’s pieces come from a combination of her fertile creative mind and her open-to-new-ways-of-looking-at-life heart.
Brighton Offered Special Bracelet to Help Fundraise for the Lighthouse ArtCenter
Over the summer, Nina was chosen as an Ambassador for the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Her work has frequently been included in juried shows at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, so Director, Katie Deits, knew not only Nina’s work and work ethic, but her bubbly personality. Nina appeared at the Brighton Store at the Gardens Mall to do a demonstration to highlight a special bracelet and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Lighthouse ArtCenter. www.lighthousearts.org
Lighthouse Ambassador Nina At Brighton in the Gardens Mall
For her demonstration, Nina is creating a small piece for a friend’s birthday. The friend is a jazz music lover. We’ll follow the steps as Nina takes an idea to reality:
Making the bass strings with paper, needle and thread
Nina has already planned the size of the finished piece and has prepared the frame it will fit into. She works with mixed media to obtain the sense she sees in her creative eye and works to make it into reality. Next she adds another element: the zebra print matting and contrasting green background, which will make the final picture really pop! Notice the flow of musical notes she has added as well.
Each piece of paper is meticulously cut and folded to give her art piece dimension as well as meaning. As the notes seemingly move off the page, Nina gives what could have been a static piece more life.
The bass is added to the format, filling out the allotted space within the frame but not overpowering the piece.
Because Nina knows her client loves glitz and glam, she adds the word “Jazz” in reflective paper.
The finished piece!
Now it is ready for glass to be added to cover and protect this design. Then it will be wrapped for the gift! Nina has many items she has made that are also suitable for year round or holiday gifts, including her unique cards.
Taking photos of her most popular designs, Nina has made “hand made” more reasonably priced for everyone. She sells her cards and some of her smaller framed pieces at Local Treasures in Tequesta. www.local-treasures.com as well as other venues.
Some of Nina’s packaged cards for general or Holiday use:
Pencil drawings, collages and photography make Nina a well rounded artist. She photographs her creations and has a line of greeting cards. Palm Beach County galleries as well as the Palm Beach International Airport , through theArt in Public Spaces program have exhibited her awarding winning pieces. Meet Nina and see her original pieces as well as her beautiful reproduction art cards or go to: Nina3dPaper. Nina also takes commissions and will create a paper sculpture that is personalized to you or a friend. Call her at 561-908-3556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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