Wednesday, November 25, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: 2 December Exhibitions by Nicholas Heilig

Nicholas Heilig grew up in the rural, yet artistic, community of Castleton, Vermont. His thirst for knowledge and outdoor lifestyle led him to UVM in 2002, where he immersed himself in academic discourse and honed his graphic design skills. After graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art, Nicholas relocated to Lake Bomoseen in southern Vermont. There, he continued to study the works of Durer, Escher, Hiroshige, and Hokusai, while producing many small-scale works of art, as well as a mural for the local state park. Nicholas has since returned to Burlington and has been busy exhibiting his work at various local galleries. Nicholas currently promotes shows for the UVM Lane Series, teaches private art lessons, and volunteers for several non-profit organizations, including SEABA, the Vermont Workers’ Center, and WRUV 90.1 FM, Burlington.

Event #1

Event Title: Heilig Art Exhibition

Location: Winooski

Start Date: Friday, December 3rd

End Date: Monday, December 31st.

Open Reception: Friday, December 3rd. 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Block Gallery

17 East Allen Street

Winooski, VT 05404

The Block Gallery presents a unique series of original inks by Nicholas Heilig drawn in 2009. Each image features a local animal depicted in a silhouette comprised of various smaller subjects pulled from the animal’s habitat, as well as stylized nature motifs inspired by Eastern woodblock masters Hiroshige and Hokusai. The resulting work symbolizes the complex amalgam of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that dictate the behavior of all living things.

Event #2

Event Type: Art Exhibition

Event Title: Nicholas Heilig “Vermont Ski Posters”

Location: Middlebury

Start Date: Friday, December 11th

End Date: Monday, January 11th.

Open Reception: Friday, December 11th. 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Alpine Shop

6 Merchants Row
Middlebury, VT 05753-1418

A collection of Vermont ski posters illustrated in by Nicholas Heilig, in the style of vintage European posters ranging from the early 1920’s up to 1950. These images drew heavily upon the graphic design elements of Art Nouveau & Art Deco. Many of the original posters utilized bright, primary colors and bold design to grab the viewer’s attention. Each remake seeks to emulate this overall aesthetic quality while featuring new elements of Vermont ski culture.