Summer 2016 Update: Nordia has a new Nook in the Cushman Gallery. This placement of her work affords the opportunity to display all the pieces that were donated by her husband, Manny to the MAA in one area together. Priced reasonably there are wonderful scenes to be purchased. Take a Nordia home with you and benefit the MAA at the same time.
Numerous watercolor works by the late Marblehead watercolorist, Nordia Kay, are currently on display, in a newly dedicated area of the King Hooper Mansion entitled “Nordia’s Nook.” On the second floor of the Mansion in between the two front galleries, several of Nordia’s framed works are hanging on display and offered for sale through a silent auction. In addition to the hanging works, there is a bin of unframed work for sale at any time. Nordia’s work will rotate every six weeks and will be grouped and hung based on theme. The works currently hanging are categorized as “floral paintings”. Some of the other themes intended for a six week cycle will be: lighthouses, landscapes, seascapes and figurative work.
Nordia Kay attended Queens College in New York where she majored in Art Studies. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Art Education from Columbia University. For forty years she taught watercolor painting on the North Shore while being a celebrated painter herself.
Over a thirty year period, Nordia collaborated with MAA photography member, Herb Goldberg, to create a special donation called the ‘Herb-Nordia’ piece that was auctioned off annually to raise money for the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. These collectible pieces of a black and white photograph paired with a colorful watercolor painting by Nordia raised upwards of $30,000 over the years. The tradition of creating a special piece depicting Marblehead, for the event, started in 1980 for the duo and developed into highly sought-after pieces of art by the turn of the 21st century.
The MAA was excited when contacted by Nordia Kay’s husband, Manny, with his idea of donating dozens of Nordia’s watercolors to be exhibited in a special dedicated area at the MAA. “The Marblehead Arts is honored to display the work of Nordia in recognition of her extensive involvement in the local arts community. We are touched by the generosity of the Kay family in allowing the MAA to be the vehicle to continue to exhibit Nordia’s work,” says Kristine Fisher, Executive Director of the MAA.