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UU Gallery in May: Marcia Nickols, Oils and Watercolors

By Estella Lauter

Marcia Nickols works in water-based oils and watercolor creating Impressionist works using color and light. Water scenes dominate in her work along with the people, boats and scenery of Door County. She is a keen observer of the movement of color and reflected light on the surface of water and within its depths. As the light source changes, a completely new scene emerges offering the painter unlimited options.  At a recent critique several attendees commented that her paintings “actually look wet.” Water has always been important for Nickols, who grew up in Hawaii and spent much of her life on the Midwest lakes. As Georgia O’Keefe said, “painting is like a thread that runs through all the other things that make one’s life”.

Rubber Duckie, WB Oil, 9x12

With a Masters in Art Education, Nickols has taught since 1970 and continues to teach privately and at The Clearing.  She is involved with many of the visual arts organizations in Door County and is past president of the Door County Art League. She has exhibited at the Miller Art Museum, Francis Hardy Gallery, Wisconsin Art Museum, Peninsula School of Art, Meadows Gallery and DCAL Members Showcase. Nickols work can be seen at PKj Designs in Ephraim, AMO Gallery in Sturgeon Bay and Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay.