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May Program: Dan Nelson on the Appeal of Abstract Art

  • May 23, 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511



Prolific painter and amazingly versatile FALC member Dan Nelson has devoted decades to a dizzying array of professional artistic endeavors. He calls his painting style ""abstract realism,"" and in his presentation “Abstract Art: What Makes Us Like It?” you'll see how he expertly wields and combines the essential elements of design. He'll demo how he paints with both hands, creates interesting marks and movements, and strikes a balance between the chaotic and the over-controlled.

More about Dan:

If you mix three parts painter, two parts musician, a cup of inventor, and a large sprinkling of just might cook up fan-favorite Dan Nelson. He made his living for decades as a freelance illustrator and dabbled in everything from airbrush to street painting to sand sculpture. He found his niche when he began producing 8-by-10-foot paintings in the streets and parks of his hometown, Raleigh, NC. He has spent many years with his plein air easel at weddings, festivals, and fundraisers all the way from from California to Cote d’Azur, but his favorite gig is performing improvisational music on more than 50 musical instruments whenever the opportunity arises.

See Dan’s art at his:

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And mark your calendar for these upcoming monthly meetings:

June 27 -- “My Life and Art Journey” by Russ Hughes;
  and “Cary Art Center Programs” by Shannon Mallery

July 25 – Watercolor demonstration by Rocky Alexander

August 22 – Mat cutting, framing, and pricing guidelines by Manmohan Sihra

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