First Friday Art Walk Oct 5, 2018

Featuring Artists:  John Nichols and Carol Hawkins

John will present his favorite recent works of landscape paintings and still life. Many of the pieces represent the local area.

Nichols found his love of nature and the outdoors makes his landscape painting a never-ending interpretation of the connection of nature as it translates into his art. More than 22 years of experience in creating art is evident in the realism of his California landscapes and still life subjects, capturing the beauty of light, shadows and a sense of tranquility in his works. Along with plein air painting, his method includes taking photographs or painting a small study on location. From these references, he creates larger finished paintings in his studio.

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“I am inspired in several ways,” Nichols said. “An idea might come to me while I am enjoying the beauty of nature or maybe just the everyday life around me, but anything can spark an idea.”

Nichols discovered his passion for creating art at an early age. Continued encouragement from family members along with a motivational art instructor in high school instilled his interest in painting with oils and acrylics.

“Painting serves as a release of my creative energy,” he added. “Also it gives me a feeling of self-fulfillment when someone else enjoys my creations. My competitive spirit drives me to try to excel in my undertakings. My high school experience with art set the groundwork for a life-long drive to create my art.”


Carol Hawkins paintings are known for use of color and texture.  Carol paints acrylic paintings and also Mixed Media Collage, which she calls “Painting with Paper”.

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The combined labor-intensive layering of watercolor and paper and subtle arrangements of mixed media. The unique “Painting with Paper” process gives Carol the most joy.   She found her calling teaching art after retiring.  My greatest pleasure is to watch students grow, and discover the glorious world of art!

This collection of artwork mostly was created with the purpose of sharing with students acrylic painting skills, and her popular mixed media-collage techniques.


In addition to these great artists Blue Wing Gallery will have Cork It Again from Davis

Serving up some of their fantastic wine. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try Cork-It-Again wines now is your chance you will not be disappointed.

Jake Lenz will be serving up a few of these wines.

Old Vine Zinfandel:
A full bodied wine. Fruit forward with hints of raspberries and a nice smokey oak finish.

A lightly oaked Chardonnay with hints of green apple, tropical fruits and vanilla.

Sauvignon Blanc:
A bright crisp wine with hints of green apple, peach and grapefruit.

Petite Sirah:
A medium bodied wine with hints of raspberries and a subtle smoky oak finish.