Chelsea Center for the Arts displaying Nancy Flanagan’s intriguing landscapes

She’s also had a distinguished teaching career at Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.), the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.), and the University of Michigan. She now teaches at Henry Ford Community College, Washtenaw Community College and the CCA.

What makes this display special is Flanagan’s work depicting Washtenaw County parking lots in Chelsea and Ypsilanti. And granted, this might seem like a rather thin subject. But what Flanagan does with her seven pencil drawings and seven oil on canvas paintings in “New Work” is special indeed.

The drawings effectively find her studying the external structure of the world around us. Her pencils have an immediacy, and her attention to detail is akin to seeing the world exposed at its joints.

As one example, 2012’s 20-by-40-inch “Through” illustrates Flanagan’s view of the lines of demarcation that shape the world around us. There’s a complicated interconnected unity

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