Montpelier-area artist Nick Neddo is known not only for his meticulously rendered depictions of the natural world, but for going one step further to craft those depictions using art supplies made from natural materials. So, for example, his portrait of a wild turkey might be drawn with a turkey feather quill and pine soot ink, his portrait of a coyote made using a coyote hair brush, and his study of berries drawn with inks dyed by those berries.
Nick Neddo has been a wilderness educator since 2000, primarily at the Roots School in East Calais. This school ". . .educates people of all ages in wilderness survival, long term primitive living skills, and tracking and nature awareness."
In 2015, Nick combined his background as an instructor with his visual arts skills to create The Organic Artist, a book that shows how to make art supplies from natural materials. This book takes readers through the steps of everything from collecting soot for soot ink to forming crayons from bees' wax. The photography showing each step makes the instructions clear, and the book an enjoyable informational text to read as well as to work from.
Nick is helping Bear Pond Books kick off the 2015 Montpelier Art Walk with an art making demonstration and artist's talk on Friday, February 6th. The demonstration begins at 4:00 pm, the artist's talk happens at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.