Museum of the Coastal Bend reprises ranching exhibit for Bootfest

Harold Nichols, Waiting for Daylight, acrylic, 2009.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College will reprise its presentation of Harold Nichols’ “A Texas State of Mind” exhibit during Bootfest with artwork that celebrates the great Texas tradition of ranching. Included in the exhibit are watercolors, acrylic paintings and a bronze sculpture from Victoria’s acclaimed artist Nichols.

The free exhibit will be open to the public from noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the lobby of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria and remain on display throughout the following week until Friday, Oct. 12.

A reception to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 5 – 6 p.m.

A native of West Texas, Nichols took up residence in Victoria early in his first career as a teacher. He quickly moved up from the position of instructor of business administration at VC to business manager for the College, holding this position until his retirement.

Nichols became a serious student of art after enrolling one of his children in a private art class. Throughout the years, he continued to pursue instruction in the visual arts and became an accomplished artist. Nichols elected early retirement from VC to pursue a full-time art career.

In 1975, Nichols purchased the historic Farmers Co-op Building and established his home and studio there for the next 25 years. He worked to develop the property into an art center and today the Farmers Co-op Building is home to the Victoria Art League Community Art Center.

Select works in the exhibit are available for purchase. The artist will donate 10 percent of artwork revenues to the Museum of the Coastal Bend.


If you go...


What: Harold Nichols' "A Texas State of Mind" art exhibit

When: Exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon

           Reception for Harold Nichols, Saturday, Oct. 6, 5 - 6 p.m.

Where: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Victoria



Published: Thursday, 04 October 2012

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