Nicole will joined by local potter Tom Willis at the Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Avenue MN, Faribault, MN: March 12 – April 24 – Join us for the Reception: March 12, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (FREE)
Self Portrait, Batik, 2009
There are hundreds – maybe thousands – of unsung artists in Minnesota. And every now and again I’m going to feature one, just so you get a little taste of who’s out there and what you’re probably missing. I’ll try to cover artists who are having their “first show” or an early exhibition anyway, so you can at least get out there and experience it, not just read about it. Nicole Larish Volk is not new to the art scene, but is new in her ambition in the art world. If you are also an artist to works in relative obscurity, you’ll probably recognize this scenario.
“Crow” (2008) – an early batik
Nicole has been teaching in the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown school system for several years, and is an accomplished artist who, prior to 2008, specialized in in painting and drawing. In September 2008, Nicole joined me for a batiking class at the Paradise taught by renowned batik artists Deb Johnson and Arlene Rolf.
“Cat on a Post” Charcoal drawing 2010
Nicole fell in love with the medium, and focused her artistic efforts on batik, which, if you are not already familiar with the form, uses waxes and dyes on fabric to create (in Nicole’s case) incredibly vibrant, detailed “paintings.” Since receiving the grant, Nicole has honed her batik techniques and is looking forward to using the grant money to set up her own studio in her home. In the mean time, she’s been working hard to create a balanced and exciting first exhibit that will also include drawings and paintings.
There are several organizations that offer grants to emerging artists like Nicole. She received her $1000 grant in April of 2009. This was made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation. As part of the grant application process, Nicole needed to work with Minnesota Galleries to set up a prospective show that would be the capstone event towards which the grant would be geared. Prairie Lakes Arts Council ranked all individual artist grant applications one through five and the top nine artists received a grant for $1,000. Nicole’s application, which included photos of her work, was ranked first of fifteen.
“Greyson Oachs” 2007 Colored chalk on paper
“Ode to Rothko’s #10” (2010) Acrylic Paint
Nicole will be joined by local potter Tom Willis at the Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Avenue MN, Faribault, MN: March 12 – April 24
Join us for the Reception: March 12, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (FREE)