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The Wilsonville resident will have her art on display throughout September

COURTESY PHOTO - Wilsonville resident Donna Nuccitelli is displaying her collages at the Wilsonville Library in September.

Wilsonville resident Donna Nuccitelli spent her career creating large copper art displays in the American West. Now, with less room to operate in her apartment, her collages are much more quaint. But she's just as enthusiastic about creating as she ever was.

"I keep growing the more I learn and work at it," she said.

Nuccitelli will display her collages at the Wilsonville Public Library throughout September. She said she has around 50 pieces in the exhibit.

"It's very bright and vibrant," she said. "No one has ever looked at it and didn't like it. The significance of it is how important art is for everybody. And significantly for me, the reason I do it is I believe it brings joy and happiness."

Nuccitelli, who did fine art and interior design in her career, moved to Wilsonville 12 years ago to retire and currently volunteers for the Wilsonville High School art department.

She started doing collages about six years ago, in part, because she wanted to show her many photographs in a new format. The pieces typically have a photograph or painting as the centerpiece with other materials outlining it. Some materials she uses include magazine clippings, ribbons, imported paper, beads, jewelry and other items.

"They build on themselves. I spread my patterns out and pick and choose what's going to work in that particular piece," Nuccitelli said.

Much of her work was created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The pandemic gave me the chance to work because I was staying at home to do the collages. That was a big reason. It gave me time to think and reflect about what is important. It gave me time to collect more objects for the art. Some of it is about memories. You see that on the display," she said.

Overall, she hopes local residents will check out the exhibit this month.

"You can take any piece and interpret it how you want to. The art is in the eye of the beholder," she said.

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