Exhibitions & Special Events

Craig Nelson ~ Travels through Italy

Friday, November 2nd 2018 - Sunday, December 2nd 2018

Join us Friday, November 2nd from 5 until 8 pm for the Opening Reception of "Travels through Italy" by nationally acclaimed artist Craig Nelson.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is pleased to honor award-winning artist Craig Nelson with his seventeenth solo exhibition "Travels through Italy" at the gallery. The show opens on November 2nd with an art reception from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and the artist will be flying in from California to be in attendance. 

Traveling and painting throughout Italy over the past 10 summers, artist Craig Nelson has experienced the incredible, unique and varied characteristics of this gorgeous country. From Venice and the Dolomites in the north to Puglia and Ravello in the south, the breathtaking coastlines and small villages and towns in Tuscany and Umbria all serve as inspiration for Craig's painterly, impressionistic approach. Craig captures the luscious vineyards, cobble stone street scenes, glimmering sunlight and romantic moonlight shimmering off of the Venetian canals and Amalfi coast with seductive brushwork in vibrant oils.

How is life connected and what do these small moments mean? Are they a reminder to slow down and observe the world today, as we did on vacation? In the newest exhibition by Craig Nelson at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, each captured moment spills into an ocean of sentiments. It is up to you, dear viewer to find the meaning at their depths. Does the light dappling the vines in Tuscany strike a memory? Can you feel your pulse quicken at the sight of a busy side street in Florence? No? Well, how about this: listen closely as you observe Nelson's Italian landscapes. You might find that you hear strains of "O Sole Mio" drifting through your consciousness, a music box recording played from days past. 

Nelson has been painting for over forty years. After receiving his BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California, Nelson became the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He continues to serve this position and has taught several of the artists represented by Ella Richardson's gallery. Nelson's numerous achievements include five gold medals, two silver medals, Best in Show, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and over 200 awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. He has been published in Communications Arts Annual and JCA (Japan) in addition to many others. His works are collected worldwide.