“The Realism of Ward Nichols” opens at Caldwell Arts Council on March 7

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“The Realism of Ward Nichols” opens at Caldwell Arts Council on March 7

The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the March exhibit “The Realism of Ward Nichols” featuring oil paintings by North Wilkesboro artist Ward H. Nichols. The exhibit will be on display March 7-28, and there will be an opening reception March 7, 5-7pm, free & open to the public.

Ward Nichols (1930- ) was born in West Virginia. A self-taught artist, he painted his first oil painting on Christmas Day in 1943. Nichols says ”Although the rural scene has attracted a great deal of my attention, I feel a variety of subjects is essential for growth. I appreciate the differences and the challenge presented by each. I find that an abstract nature, a strong pattern, contrasts in color or shape influence what I paint. Currently, I am involved in experiments in the use of light and have added additional colors to my palette. Documenting the structures of our rural heritage remain a goal, and the older barns, homes and out-buildings of this area are featured in this pursuit. I have chosen oil paint as my primary media because I feel it is most expressive, and is more adaptable for the detailed work I prefer, as well as having proven durable qualities.” Ward Nichols is represented by Blue Spiral 1 of Asheville, NC.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue in Lenoir, and is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm. For more information, please call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or visit their website at caldwellarts.com.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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