Bill Nickels

Bill Nickels

 Bill Nickels: Drawings in the Black Box

The Manchester Arts Center(MAC) is honored to present Bill Nickels: Drawings in the Black Box, Nov. 20, from 7-9 p.m.. as a benefit to raise money for the MAC. As most of us know the Covid virus has played havoc on small businesses and nonprofit organizations causing them to fold. Fortunately for us, we have a few champions in our circle , one of which is Bill. He has been a staunch advocate and mentor to the visual arts division since we rekindled it a little over a year ago. He has taken time out from his business day to talk about the business of art, even stopping to help two  struggling art volunteers put up a tent in 98 degree heat for a yard sale. Now he is exhibiting his art to raise money to keep our doors open. Admission is the price of a donation, his art is not for sale.

 Nickels believes that the MAC is an intricate part of the community and wants to assist in keeping  it afloat, hence the Drawings in the Black Box. The community is stepping up to support the exhibit with  contributions to the Manchester Arts Center and an exhibit is planned for contributors  on Nov. 20, from 7-9 p.m. Wine and  hors d’oeuvres will be served with music by Eliot Hinson on the piano. 

A print of one of Nickels' works will also be raffled off during the exhibit.

Nickels he obtained a degree in Art in 1986, he married Amy Rogers in 1997, born and raised in the area and serves our community as one of our local veterinarians. Three children and one grandbaby rounds out this family. He is very active in community service and a business man running a local Insurance company.

 The art pieces he has chosen to share are drawings. Now here is where he “runs off the road” so to speak, he writes down his thoughts on the drawing next to parts he’s thinking about. He might comment something like:” the body of the dragon is disproportionate to the head”,” I don’t think I’m done”or he may try to explain why he did what he did. Don’t miss that when you are admiring his work. He not only draws but sculpts “Bill style”. You can see some of those in the lobby large and small. He can be abstract or realistic. Another thing unique to him is he often paints the same scene although you wouldn’t know it without studying it hard. Or he told you!

A contribution of $25 will get you a chance at his print as well as a marvelous night of music, refreshments and viewing great art with the good friends and neighbors At the same time you can browse the lobby and discover some excellent works from our other local artists. 

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