Artist’s Talk at SVAC

Artist’s Talk at SVAC

Artist’s Talk at SVAC

‘Cheetah Trio Field Sketch’ by Alison Nicholls.

‘Cheetah Trio Field Sketch’ by Alison Nicholls.

To complement its November Solo Exhibitions, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will present a free artist talk by one of the exhibitions’ solo artists, Alison Nicholls. ‘African Conservation through the Eyes of an Artist’ will be held on Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. After the talk the artist will offer a guided tour of her solo exhibition in Yester House.

Nicholls works closely with several conservation projects, including the African People and Wildlife Fund (APW) based in northern Tanzania. Alison has visited APW several times to sketch on site and to learn about their work with the local Maasai community.

She will talk about her experiences living in southern Africa, sketching people and wildlife in the field, and how she uses her sketches, journals and mental library of images as inspiration for her larger studio paintings. Her presentation will be illustrated with sketches, paintings and video from her travels.

Nicholls is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Explorers Club, Artists for Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists and a member of the Creative Board of Pencils for Africa. She lived in Botswana and Zimbabwe for a number of years and returns annually to sketch in the field and lead Sketching Safaris for Africa Geographic Magazine.

Her conservation sketching expeditions allow her to work closely with African conservation projects, visit them in the field, learn about their work and sketch on site. Upon returning to the studio, she creates a traveling exhibition and lecture series to raise funds and awareness for the conservation project. Alison is English by birth but has traveled widely; she currently resides in Port Chester, New York, with her husband Nigel.

Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road in Manchester, Vt. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or visit svac.org.