“At the Waters’ Edge,” a show of work by Victoria and Peter Nelson, will open with a 6 p.m. reception Saturday, Aug. 7 at Bridge Gallery, 568 Congress St. It will run through Aug. 27.

Both self-taught artists, Victoria and Peter both were entrenched in successful “left-brained” corporate careers before allowing themselves  to be immersed full-time in their art. The couple split their time between their home, a straw bale house inside the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Ariz., and in the artist community on Monhegan Island.

“Whenever I found myself in art galleries or museums I became alive in ways not experienced in board rooms or business gatherings,” said Victoria. “Feeling alive around art, artist and museums led me on my  exploration into art and painting.”

Peter grew up in New England and moved to Arizona in 1980 to attend engineering school and to begin a career in the aerospace industry. He first was exposed to watercolor painting by his mother, a past member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society.

“In 1995, on a visit to Maine, I discovered the artist community on Monhegan Island. I have returned to paint on Monhegan every year since,” he said.

Peter’s painting “Low Tide, Sunset” is published in Carl Little’s book “The Art of Monhegan Island.” Victoria is featured in the book “A Century of Women Artists on Monhegan Island” by Emily Grey.

The couple recently designed and built an I.C.E. Block studio building in Sedona, which has allowed them to do larger oil paintings. Some of these are part of the Bridge Gallery show.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.