Virginia R. Gosselin
Virginia R. Gosselin. Photo courtesy of The Dragonfly Gallery

One-half century of work

Posted September 20, 2007

For the first time ever, in her lifelong dedication to creating art, Virginia Reilly Gosselin will have a retrospective showing of works spanning more than 50 years.

After graduating from Endicott College, where she majored in art, she worked for the Springfield Newspapers Display Department and then Charles Keefe Advertising Agency during which time she married Don Gosselin. While raising their children, she used her skills as a freelance commercial designer of packaging, for Stanley Home Products.

From the early 1980s to the present, Virginia has been creating whimsical pen and ink drawings, using mostly a pointillist technique. Colorful acrylic paintings of flora and fauna are also in her repertoire.

No stranger to art while growing up, Virgina is able to list a long line of artist relations. Notably was her great aunt, Lucia B. Comins, who taught at Columbia University.

During summer vacations, Virginia's choice was to attend, five days a week, art workshops at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Galleries, a museum in Springfield. Art for Virginia, as with most true artists, is not a choice, but a necessity.

All her work, from examples of her commercial designs, to her drawings and paintings, which may be purchased, will be on view in a show hosted by both the Dragonfly Gallery and the Periwinkle Studio.

Opening reception, 4-7 pm, Saturday, Sept. 22, Dragonfly Gallery and Periwinkle Studio, both located on Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Show runs through Sunday, Oct. 7.