Arts Reception in New Deal Café Sunday

Meet stick artist Paul Downs and talk to colorist and painter Nicole Black.


The New Deal Café is hosting a public reception for stick artist Paul Downs and for painter and colorist Nicole Black from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Meet the artists and enjoy something from the wine and beer or  as well.

Downs and Black's work will remain on exhibit in the café until Nov. 5, with Black's art decorating the front and Down's creations adorning the back room.

Paul Downs, Stick Artist

Stick artist Paul Downs enjoys creating art made of sticks and natural elements collected from the trails and byways of Greenbelt. Many of his works show off the different colors and textures of the forest.

Though nature and peace are the themes in many of his creations, for the first time Downs has mixed Halloween themes and humor to produce a new venture, "Comic Sticks." His latest pieces include "Waiting for the New Renters," "Goat Man Livz" and "Tombstone Pumpkin," according to the New Deal Café's events page.

For more information on Downs, visit his Facebook page Paul Downs Twig Art.

Nicole Black, Painter and Colorist

"Color is one of the languages of freedom," says Black on the café's events page. "I see rhythms coursing through life. Exploring the tones of these rhythms is the enrichment that becomes a painting."

Take a look at samples of her work on her website nicole black Arts.

Black says she is a self-taught artist, who has explored the United States to expand her knowledge of the techniques and traditions of the cultures that create our current society, according to café. 


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