Nancy Lane, of Bristol, will open an exhibition of her original work with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. March 15 at Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua.

Lane worked as a professional picture book illustrator for 30 years. Her illustration work was published in more than 25 children’s books by multiple publishers, and was featured in a Wood Library exhibition in 2011.

This latest show displays a different side of Lane’s work — her art paintings of landscapes and portraits. She studied painting with nationally renowned artists since 2013 to further her skills in oil painting, plein air painting and portraiture.

“My choice to work directly from life, whether it be painting landscapes on the spot outdoors or hiring a model to sit for a portrait, has been the latest focus of my career as a professional artist,” Lane said.

This new aspect to her career won recognition in November 2017 from Rochester Art Club, of which she is a signature member, with three paintings juried into the club’s fall member exhibition. Lane’s “The Journey,” a magical narrative painting, won best in show, the show’s highest honor.

The Wood Library show will be on display on March 11-April 27 in Ewing Community Room. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

The show will feature Lane’s recent paintings in oil and watercolor, as well as charcoal drawings. Many of the landscape scenes are from the Canandaigua area.

Lane teaches private art lessons, and conducts an ongoing watercolor class at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua. Her work can be found online at and on Facebook.

Lane, a Penfield native, attended Webster schools before studying art at Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design in New York City and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.