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model of Nancy Simonds's Beacon of Color Corner of First & Spring St. prior to art installation  
Paintings in development in Nancy Simonds's studio Paintings in development in Nancy Simonds's studio  
Nancy Simonds's Beacon of Color
Adds Vibrancy to the Corner of First & Spring Street in East Cambridge

Temporary Public Art
Commissioned by the City of Cambridge in 2011

Outdoor Gathering & Celebration
Tuesday, December 13 at 12:00 Noon
(corner of First & Spring Streets)
Meet Nancy Simonds and the many others involved in this project for a gathering and refreshments to celebrate the new artwork.
FREE and open to the public.

The temporary public art installation by artist Nancy Simonds, entitled, Beacon of Color was commissioned by the City of Cambridge to improve this area, which was damaged by a fire in 2008. Nancy Simonds designed Beacon of Color to add visual vibrancy and interest to this busy corner along First Street for all those who live and work in the neighborhood as well as those who pass it by foot, car, or bus. For this exterior installation, the artist used acrylic paint on durable board, a material that would stand up to urban conditions, rather than her customary gouache on paper. The paintings bring over 5,000 square feet of rhythm, color, and shape to this once dreary façade. The artist Nancy Simonds describes the images used in her painting as giving a feeling of "anti-chaos." She notes, "I strive to make a visual place for contemplation and calm through marvelous, dynamic, and resolved color relationships."

Nancy Simonds is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and maintains a studio in Boston's South End.  Her work has been shown at the Butler Museum of American Art, Danforth Museum, and University of Maine Museum of Art, and is included in over 50 corporate collections. Her work is also shown at Graficas Gallery in Nantucket, MA; the Drawing Project at Carroll & Sons in Boston; Jules Place in Boston; McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH; and Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, ME.   For more information about Nancy Simonds's work, please visit

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