Beautiful Beginnings : Artist Generation
Art Exhibition at the Evesham Arts Centre
3rd March – 28th April 2019
“Nicki Reg is inspired by travelling and exploring. Using acrylic paints, she creates realistic, bright and colourful paintings of places, nature and animals. Her primary teaching background has enabled her to teach local children to promote self-esteem, so they haven’t got the fear that they ‘can’t draw.’ Nicki allows them to paint subjects that they’re interested in, whilst teaching them the fundamental skills of art. The exhibition will showcase Nicki’s art and her student’s paintings.”
This is my first art exhibition. I was so excited when my application was successful, but I had to move it earlier on in the year then I requested. That meant I had four months to get my own work done and as many children into my studio to paint a composition. This was alongside my regular clients, two commissions, two teaching jobs and family life.
I look back now, for most weeks I had been working seven day weeks, just to try and get everyone in. Thirty one children were involved in the exhibition. No wonder I felt shattered…but I haven’t come off the treadmill yet. That’s difficult once you’re on it.
The 3rd March came and it was a weird feeling that the day had finally arrived. It took nearly three hours to install the artwork of eight pieces of my work and thirty one paintings from the children I teach in the local area. Why that long? It’s called ‘getting it perfect’ and a frustrated but patient husband unscrewing and relocating paintings as it wasn’t ‘just right.’
The 9th March was my launch night. I invited my friends and family, and all the parents, carers and their families with their children who were involved. I was nervous, but excited for the children.
As the families and the children arrived, I was so overwhelmed by the confidence and the glow of happiness as they saw their artwork professional displayed with a special label. That’s what I wanted to see. That was my intention all along. I want to create positivity and confidence with the children I have the privilege to teach.
To make the evening even more positive, my contact at the Arts Centre, said he’d never seen an exhibition launch so busy! This followed on from the bar man commented that, he’d didn’t think it would be that busy! I was humbled to hear those comments.
To top the evening off, I sold a painting. My first red dot on a label! For an artist, that was a great feeling.
To gain an insight into the thoughts of the families, I had feedback forms that they filled in. These have been giving me lots of answers that I have been asking myself recently. But I have to say the positivity from the comments were amazing and very touching:
“Amazing turn out with some fantastic paintings”
“Fabulous art exhibition of both yours and the children’s work. You have an amazing talent and you should be super proud of all your achievements. Well done. Exceptional work.”
“We are extremely impressed and pleased with your lessons and this fantastic exhibition. I hope this ‘Beautiful Beginnings’ is the beginning of something beautiful for you.”
“Fabulous exhibition. Very talented children, but obviously taught by a very talented teacher. Well done Nicki!”
“An excellent showing of artwork. Showcasing children’s work, alongside Nicki’s work. Child loves the art sessions with Nicki. Not does it just provide artwork, but her increase in confidence and self esteem is clear to see.”
If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet and you’re in the area, it’s on until 28th April. Please remember it’s only open when events are on, so check out the Arts Centre website to see the event dates.