Wade Nelson – July – The Purple Pomegranate

The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Thompson Falls painter, R. Wade Nelson during the month of July. Nelson, a retired high school art teacher is working to become a painter. He has been retired almost 2 years and his work is taking an interesting direction. His paintings in the series, Sunday in the Park, are all painted with acrylic latex on post-consumer paper and cardboard (house paint on recycled paper and cardboard).

Sunday in the Park series was inspired by a drive through Glacier National Park late last summer. Considered by many to be the “crown jewel” of the Park system, Wade feels we are lucky to call it “our back yard”. Wade has tried through this series to present an object and image that is at once sacred and profane. He tries to honor the value placed on the park while working in a direct fashion with humble material. Wade feels that there are common threads between the extraordinary and the ordinary. He works in a way to capture an impression of place, time and atmosphere. He wants the viewer to share the experience with him of a Sunday in the park.

Meet Wade during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, July 1st, 2010 from 6-9 PM. Wade’s work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of July.