July and August 2017: A small selection of my work, courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus) throughout the summer months.

November 10, 2016:
I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!


Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. For a limited time several of my large oil paintings are also available at
their new street front gallery on 21st Street (formally Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery).

Ongoing: a selection of my larger work is available at The Black Spruce Gallery at Northside on Highway 2 just before the turn to Christopher Lake.

Friday, November 23, 2012

My Big Announcement- Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery

Breakwater and Wet Sand, Waskesiu
8 x 8"
oil on cradled panel
© Nicki Ault, 2012
available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery
sold

Well, the time has come! It has been hard to keep a tight lip for the last five months, but I am finally able to announce my big news.

Late last June I was approached by a well known artist and gallery owner, Darrell Bell, and his new store manager in regards to my small paintings. At the meeting I heard about their very exciting plans to open a new art boutique on one of the main shopping streets in Saskatoon (21st Street East, one block from Midtown Plaza). They were in the process of hand-picking the artists and crafts-people that would supply their beautiful, new store with unique home accessories and art pieces. They wanted me! What? I'm still in a bit of shock! 

I will be painting prairie and Saskatchewan related original landscapes in an 8 x 8" format exclusively for their store. They will not be available anywhere else, not even from me. I painted nine pieces over the summer so they could choose their favorite four or five to start out with and guess what? They kept all nine! I'm not sure my feet touched the ground when I left that meeting. I chose the above painting as the first one to show you because it was Darrell Bell's favorite of the nine.

The store opening has been delayed, so therefore the announcement was too, but the doors will be open on Dec.1... just in time for the busy three weeks before Christmas!

Although I still struggle to think of myself as a "real" artist (in fact I just had a bad dream about the very thing!), I am getting there. This new development has provided such validation. I wish I didn't need or desire validation outside of myself, but the fact is, I guess I do. And I don't think I am alone. I am so excited about this new venture and I hope to support the success of their store through my blog and Facebook page. Stay tuned for more 8 x 8" paintings available exclusively at Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery!



6 comments:

Barbara Muir said...

Congratulations Nicki. This sounds wonderful.

XO Barbara

Anonymous said...

This is such fantastic news Nicki, you have always been a wonderful artist, even before you may of thought it yourself, I always new you were. The beautiful things you put on canvas is a true reflection of yourself. Now even more people will see your wonderful work. Keep painting your heart out, it keeps your happy and so many others as well. Congratulations...

Nicki said...

Thank you so much Barbara. I am very excited!

XO Nicki

Nicki said...

What kind words... it sounds like you know me- I appreciate your well wishes and if I could acknowledge you by name, I would. Thank you.

-Don said...

Congratulations, Nicki!!! This is SO well deserved.

Be careful about over-thinking that "real artist" thing. Just keep having fun with your creating and enjoy the ride. :)

-Don

Nicki said...

Hi Don,

Thank you so much, your heart-felt congratulations mean a lot. I'm so excited for you and the wonderful opportunities that have come your way. I would say 2012 has been good to us!

And you are right- I am a bit of a thinker, but I am getting better at shaking away negative self talk... at least where art is concerned. :)

Nicki