The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce the exhibit, “A Window to the West” featuring the art of Samuel Nichols (pictured at right), beginning January 16 through February 27. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
Employing his lifelong connection with art, Nichols’ exhibit is inspired by his devotion to the West and the history of pioneering. “This [history] is still reflected in the off-beat places of America, in the courage and tenacity of our earlier Americans,” Nichols stated. His love for the rural parts of the country and the beauty of the hardships of these times became the underlying subject of this collection. In these pieces, he encapsulates the loneliness and solitude of how the West was. His artistic philosophy is “art should reflect passion, become records of time and place, and leave the viewer with a sense of having participated in a happening.”
Aside from painting in both acrylic and oils, Nichols sculpts clay and fires his work in his own kiln. Since retiring, he has shown pieces in Portland, Oregon and Scottsdale, Arizona. Currently, he has a one man showing at the Buckman Center and Gallery 32. Previously, Nichols studied at the Memphis Academy of Arts and the Art Center of Los Angeles. As a designer for a sportswear company in Portland, he won various accolades for his work at the San Francisco Art Directors Show.
In addition, “Water Feature: What Lies Beneath,” a series of contemporary mixed-media works by John Chiaromonte (pictured at left), will be displayed in the foyer of the gallery. For more information on Chiaromonte, visit his website.
Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to University schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at www.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###