Art After Dark coming to downtown Clayton

From News ReleaseMay 23, 2014 

Art After Dark, a new series by Clayton Visual Arts, will debut May 28 with an evening program by artist and philosopher Daniel Nie. The event will be part social, part educational.

Nie’s workshops aim to inspire and to give tools for self-discipline. In Clayton, he will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the Wagner House, 121 E. Main St.

Nie’s art has paved the way for him to pursue opportunities as an author, teacher, motivational speaker and creative entrepreneur.

“If you don’t grow, you die,” he says. “If you don’t go forward, you fall behind.”

A native of China who now lives in Virginia, Nie is a master of Chinese calligraphy, a watercolor artist and an oil painter. His books include “Essential Art Techniques” and “Coolligraphy: Exercises for the Mind.”

In “Coolligraphy,” he teaches students of all ages how to create art from names, words and initials. Both works are available from Amazon.

In addition to Nie’s presentation, “Art After Dark” will be an opportunity to mix with artists, exchange ideas, discuss techniques and spend an evening focused on enjoying art, either as a practitioner or as an audience.

The evening will begin with socializing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and conversation about art, Clayton and congenial topics.

Before Nie speaks, Clayton Visual Arts will explain its purpose and history.

Nie’s presentation of about 45 minutes will begin around 7:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period will follow. His books will be on sale.

Clayton Visual Arts hopes those attending will learn about the group’s goals and activities and consider joining.

Larry Strevig is president of the organization. “Many local artists can’t attend our daytime meetings, so we decided to create a regular evening event,” he said. “We want to reach out to the community and introduce them to artists, ideas in art and our organization.”

Anyone may attend Art After Dark. Being an artist is not a requirement.

Space is limited to 70 people. Admission is $10.

Attendees may register by using Paypal at claytonvisualartsnc.org/calendar/art-after-dark. Tickets are available also at the Coffee Mill, 105 S. Lombard St., and from members of Clayton Visual Arts. For a list of members, visit claytonvisualartsnc.org/members1.

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