The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery and the BHA welcome artist Dan Nelson to Beaufort as the featured artist for the Valentine Membership Party. Dan is no stranger to Beaufort having been featured during the Fall Party and Old Homes Tour in the past. Dan’s work will be in the gallery through March with an opening reception on Sunday, February 12 from 2-4 pm at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located at 130 Turner Street in Beaufort.
Dan’s love for art began at a very young age, and he was a self proclaimed artist before he made it to kindergarten. Since then, Dan has pursued his love for creating by earning a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Calvin College. According to Dan, his real education came from his time as a full time free lance illustrator when he completed over 4,000 illustrations in four years winning competitions in everything from street painting to sand sculpture. At the same time he began mesmerizing audiences by producing 8-by-10-foot masterpieces in the streets and parks of Raleigh, North Carolina, his hometown.
Besides setting up his plein air easel anywhere from California to Western Europe, Dan spends much of his time doing Live Art Performances, painting at festivals, concerts, and fund-raisers. He has painted for the NC Symphony, the Carolina Hurricanes, IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, and many of the major Corporations across the Triangle and beyond.
The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, located in the historic Rustell House c.1732 on the Beaufort Historic Site, is the oldest art gallery in Carteret County. Dan did an excellent job as our Valentine featured artist!