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Museum reprises ranching exhibit for Bootfest

Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.

Harold Nichols "Waiting for Daylight," acrylic, 2009.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: "A Texas State of Mind" by Harold Nichols

• WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday- Friday

• WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center

• COST: Free

• NOTE: A reception to meet the artist will be from 5-6 p.m. Saturday.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will reprise Harold Nichols' "A Texas State of Mind" during Bootfest with artwork that celebrates the great tradition of ranching.

Included in the exhibit are watercolors, acrylic paintings and a bronze sculpture from Victoria's acclaimed artist Nichols.

A native of West Texas, Nichols took up residence in Victoria early in his first career as a teacher.

He quickly moved up from the position of instructor of business administration at Victoria College to business manager, holding this position until his retirement.

Nichols became a serious student of art after enrolling one of his children in a private art class.

Throughout the years, he continued to pursue instruction in the visual arts and became an accomplished artist.

Nichols retired early to pursue a full-time art career.

In 1975, Nichols purchased the historic Farmers Co-op Building and established his home and studio there for the next 25 years.

He worked to develop the property into an art center and today the Farmers Co-op Building is home to the Victoria Art League Community Art Center.

The artist will donate 10 percent of revenues to the museum.

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