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Allison Rae Nichols at City Hall
From now through the end of April, Sedona City Hall is the site of a fresh collection of paintings created by Allison Rae Nichols. The public is invited to meet Nichols at her reception at City Hall on Feb. 21 from 4-6 p.m.
Inspired by themes of romantic love and as the vehicle to express the intricacies of partnership, Allison uses two miniature figurines in her collection, which represent Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The characters are emboldened by a surreal journey that offers insight into topics of vulnerability, compromise, joy, loss and desire. Using elements that are familiar and fanciful, the goal of her work is to promote poetic insights into the human psyche and lead to personal discoveries that connect us to each other as well as to the natural and spiritual world.
Growing up in a house full of artists, the symmetry between art and life has always been part of Allison s story. From a very young age she recognized the connections and has been exploring them ever since. " I seek to inspire awe and wonder," says Nichols. "The work in this exhibition was inspired by my move to the Southwest and speaks to ideas of romance, love, loss, and possibilities. It's a show for lovers and fighters and anyone who's taken a leap of faith with a person or a place."
It's a passionate show, one in which the artist hopes you'll find meaning, camaraderie, and joy. She hopes to provide a new lens to interpret your memories and push your imagination about the future.
Nichols earned a BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University and has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country including Chicago, New York and New Mexico. She was an artist-in-residence at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and at Petrified Forest National Park. After spending two years on the road travelling and painting throughout America Nichols now lives in Sedona and loves calling it home.
Arts and Culture Coordinator Nancy Lattanzi says "I am excited to begin the new year with Allison's thought-provoking paintings. This show is unconventional and diverges from other City Hall exhibits not only in content but in size. The paintings displayed in the Council Chambers are 40 by 48 and even larger with the frames. A couple of frames were creatively refurbished such as one created from an old dresser mirror. There are also pieces accompanied by three dimensional art displayed on shelving. I invite the public to take time to view this truly engaging and one of a kind exhibit."
Nichols' exhibit is located in the council chambers and the gallery in the Vultee Conference room, 102 Roadrunner Dr. To make an appointment for best viewing times contact Nancy Lattanzi at 928-203-5078 or NLattanzi@SedonaAZ.gov.