Memory Gallery

I have been blessed with some truly amazing memories relating to my artwork and creative efforts.  It has been my joy to see my work, these creative “children,” out in the world!

One of my favorite memories was working with international award winning composer Robin Frost, who used my lyrics “House Cleaning Rag” to write an amazing ragtime song, called “House Cleaning Rag.” Here is an audio clip of Robin and I just singing the lyrics to his great composition – what a fun memory! -and you can hear I won’t win any awards for my singing!

Another wonderful memory was being a professional narrator (along with Dominic Byrne, a well-known BBC personality and narrator) for my children’s book, “Inca Dink, the Great Houndini.” I even took a photo of my Leonberger dog Inca with me to the recording studio, for inspiration. Here is an excerpt:

Please visit IncaDink.com to learn more.

I think the best way to share the rest of my favorite creative memories is visual – so below is a slide show sharing photos of exhibitions, openings, media, my wedding dress design,  licensed products, published books (poetry, philosophy, art, how-to and children’s books), parade floats, and much more.  In addition to the traditional slide show that follows, you might also enjoy my “Memory Ball” – this whirling, twirling ball is a fun way to visually see how “Memories make the World go Round!”

Memory Gallery

Photos from a few of the various gallery and public exhibitions, openings, one-man shows and receptions, press and reviews, fundraising and creations of Impressionist artist, poet and author M. Nicole van Dam.

[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_nicolestudiopaintinglaughing.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam asked to pose for Brooks Institute students
As part of the famous Brooks Institute of Photography, various Brooks students have contacted Nicole and asked her to pose for class projects. Here she is posing with her Leonberger dog for wonderful photogrpaher Briana, who Nicole subsequently hired several times.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_pressmontecito.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
The Montecito Journal did a lovely article on M. Nicole van Dam, including full color photos.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_weddingdress1.jpg]Nicole's Wedding Dress
Nicole designed and painted the fabric for her wedding dress, with lace imported from France.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_jen-lilley-pete-julienne-22nd-annual-movieguide-awards_jen-lilley-and-pete.jpg]Actress Jen Lilley at the 22d MovieGuide Awards holding M. Nicole van Dam's Artist boot
The rainboots with Nicole’s art were selected to be gifts given to the celebrities at the MovieGuide Awards, and it didn’t bother Nicole one bit when one of the participants referred to Nicole as a “modern day Monet.” Watch the video in the Memory Gallery of this blog and share Nicole’s smiles!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_violin.jpg]Unique Violin Created to Support Fundraising
All the proceeds from the sale of this violin, at a Santa Barbara Symphony live auction, went to support the Santa Barbara Symphony. 4 other violins/cellos were auctioned off, but Nicole's violin brought almost double what all the others raised for the Symphony. It was purchased by the President of a well-known bank, whom Nicole had never met before.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_elephants.jpg]Elephant Artwork for the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade
One of Nicole's favorite memories was being asked to direct the painting design of these delightful elephants that accompanied then Mayor Harriet Miller en route the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. Nicoel walked alongside as a monitor, soaking up the sights and sounds of the parade from a unique (and proud) vantage point.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogcloseupbutterflybra.jpg]
"Bodacious Butterfly" is a bra created and donated for breast cancer fundraising by M. Nicole van Dam. This and several other bras created by Nicole's Creativity Central group will first be used as centerpieces and then auctioned off to the highest bidder at the CMH Gold Dust Gala in March 2013. Funds raised go to provide uninsured and under-insured women with mammography and cancer-related surgical procedures.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_marysmary.jpg]Chef and Owner Mary of Mary's Secret Garden
Mary's Secret Garden, a famous Central Coast vegetarian restaurant, has elected to decorate the entire restaurant in Nicole's art and poetry. Since Mary's is Nicole's favorite vegetarian restaurant, this is a heavenly match for Nicole. This exhibit commenced in early 2011 and has continued as of 2012.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_cityhallvotingboothdeb.jpg]Voting Booth Artwork at Santa Barbara City Hall
M. Nicole van Dam's painting "Voting Booth" recently joined Nicole's other artworks at Santa Barbara City Hall. Lovely Debbie poses to make the moment fun.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutcontemplevepoemsummeraft.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3crowd2.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
The March 3, 2006 Gallery Reception was a huge success, attended by hundreds of people throughout the evening, including the then Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, the former Mayor Harriet Miller, and many other notables and press. It was a dream come true and one of Nicole's favorite memories.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogconquestcountry.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006 - 2012
"Country Rose" and "Roses of Conquest" - part of an ongoing exhibit, 2006 - 2012, of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit is an example of the many businesses that choose to enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day for many years.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_coucharea.jpg]2011 Waiting area at Chevere decorated with M. Nicole van Dam artworks
Waiting area decorated with M. Nicole van Dam artworks at Chevere, Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_toeishlineupcroppedmore.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artwork boots
Line Up of boots using the artwork of M. Nicole van Dam
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutcellopoemcountryrose.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork, 2011
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_feb2011nicolepix.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Featured Artist at a 2010 Art Gallery Show
Nicole stands here by some of her artwork on display when she was the featured artist at a 2010 gallery show.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofacellofantasy.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012 (works were also exhibited at Bank of America in 2011)
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_farmersmkt_0.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam
This is a wonderful gardening and rain boot based on the M. Nicole van Dam "Chef at the Farmer's Market" artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogcheflionvoting.jpg]Chef at the Farmer's Market, Lion's Paradise, and Voting Booth (with writeups)
M. Nicole van Dam's Chef at the Farmer's Market, Lion's Paradise, and Voting Booth (with writeups) on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogwaitingroom1_0.jpg]Dr. Kenneth Kafka's office decorated with M. Nicole van Dam artworks
Dr. Kenneth Kafka chose M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks to decorate his waiting room, 2010 - present.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_remax2.jpg]Montecito Exhibition
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled to be asked to be the sole artist at a special month-long show and reception entirely sponsored by the Montecito Remax. This marked Nicole's first solo show.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_presscovers.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
M. Nicole van Dam has enjoyed some lovely press coverage of her art and exhibits, for which she is quite grateful!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodplate.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_swanduetandflowercelebration.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks at Chevere, 2011
Swan Duet and Flower Celebration Impressionist artworks at Chevere, Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_missionwithdebbiecropped.jpg]Santa Barbara City Hall Exhibit
Santa Barbara City Hall Exhibit
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofaexecutivewall.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012 (works were also exhibited at Bank of America in 2011)
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bloglakeofdreams.jpg]Lake of Dreams (with poetry)
M. Nicole van Dam's Lake of Dreams (with poetry) on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodbee2.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_incadink1.jpg]Children's Book Author, Illustrator & Narrator
M. Nicole van Dam has authored (in Seussian rhyme) and illustrated a delightful children's book, and in addition to being published it was licensed and is available for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (and that version is narrated by BBC personality Dominic Byrne and M. Nicole van Dam).
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospaintersyellowlightsunandmoonmontageflowercelebration.jpg]Sharing the Joy
Working with others on a canvas/project Nicole designed. Nicole's artwork hangs in the background.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_remax6.jpg]Montecito Exhibition
Then Mayor Marty Blum with her husband Dr. Joe Blum. M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled to be asked to be the sole artist at a special show entirely sponsored by the Montecito Remax. This show marks Nicole's first solo show.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_halleryremaxharriet.jpg]2005 Montecito Reception
Former Santa Barbara Mayor Harriet Miller standing by M. Nicole van Dam's "Mission at Santa Barbara" artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_lakeofdreamswithprettydebbie.jpg]Santa Barbara City Hall Exhibit
Santa Barbara City Hall Exhibit, ongoing from approximately 2006 until the present.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofavoitingboothfittinglyabovecommboard.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012 (works were also exhibited at Bank of America in 2011)
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bloggondolierbenchmeubles.jpg]Gondolier of Venice (with poetry), Bench at Giverny, and Meubles de Jardin
M. Nicole van Dam's Chef at the Gondolier of Venice (with poetry), Bench at Giverny, and Meubles de Jardin on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_fulllength.jpg]Full Length view of half of the Chevere exhibit, 2011
View of half of M. Nicole van Dam's Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011. Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bonjourbootallviewrgb.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam's Bon Jour artwork boots
Detail on the boot using M. Nicole van Dam's Bon Jour artwork
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_feb2011showvotingbooth.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Featured Artist at a 2010 Art Gallery Show
Nicole's Voting Booth painting and poetry in this art gallery exhibit, which featured Nicole's poetry and prose as well as her artwork much taken from "Tempo - The Rhythm and Rhyme of the Artist."
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutsidepaintingsandppoetrylinedup.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_marysfullwall.jpg]Mary's Secret Garden
Mary's Secret Garden, a famous Central Coast vegetarian restaurant, has elected to decorate the entire restaurantin Nicole's art and poetry. Since Mary's is Nicole's favorite vegetarian restaurant, this is a heavenly match for Nicole.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogcellomissionspa.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006-2012
"Cello Fantasy," "The Mission at Santa Barbara," and "Spa Day" - part of an ongoing exhibit of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit has been ongoing 2006-2012, an example of the many businesses that enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_cityhallentrance.jpg]Santa Barbara City Hall Entrance
M. Nicole van Dam artwork has been exhibited continuously at Santa Barbara City Hall for several years now., commencing approximately 2006 through the present.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutsidecityempeesettingup.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street. Here the City Employees patiently pose as Nicole takes a picture for the site.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofaguessmyartsafehere.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012 (works were also exhibited at Bank of America in 2011)
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gondolierandmom.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011
"Gondolier of Venice" and "I Love You Mom" Impressionist artworks by M. Nicole van Dam at a 2011 exhibiti at Chevere, Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_wed.jpg]Nicole's Wedding Dress
Nicole designed and painted the fabric for her wedding dress, with lace imported from France. She also painted her husband's tie.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_wordpressmontage.jpg]Some of the books of M. Nicole van Dam
Nicole's art is the subject of "M. Nicole van Dam, A Retrospective 2010" while Nicole's art is thoughtfully woven with her poetry and philosophy in "Tempo - The Rhythm & Rhyme of the Artist." Nicole is also the author and illustrator of "Inca Dink, The Great Houndini, Magician in Training" and its companion book, "The Background Story of Inca Dink, The Great Houndini."
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogwaitingroom2_0.jpg]Dr. Kenneth Kafka's Office, 2010 - present
Dr. Kenneth Kafka chose M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks to decorate his waiting room, 2010 - present.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodbee.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3diana.jpg]Proud Painting Owner Diana Poses by her M. Nicole van Dam Original
Proud "Mission at Santa Barbara" original painting owner Diana poses by her prize - two people tried to purchase this painting at the same time!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_marysrightside.jpg]Mary's Secret Garden
Mary's Secret Garden, a famous Central Coast vegetarian restaurant, has elected to decorate the entire restaurantin Nicole's art and poetry. Since Mary's is Nicole's favorite vegetarian restaurant, this is a heavenly match for Nicole.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_cityhallbldg.jpg]Santa Barbara City Hall
M. Nicole van Dam artwork has been exhibited continuously at Santa Barbara City Hall for several years now.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_boots-for-grand-gallery.jpg]Two of the various Garden and Rain Boots based on M. Nicole van Dam artwork
Several of M. Nicole van Dam artwork's have been used as the basis for many products - always a THRILL! Here are two of the lovely boots created to date, Hummingbird Friends and Butterfly Fantasy!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_pressscene3.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
M. Nicole van Dam has enjoyed some lovely press coverage of her art and exhibits, for which she is quite grateful!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_settingup.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam's artworks waiting for exhibition at Chevere, 2011
The most daunting process of hanging an exhibit in a space as large and diverse as Chevere is the moment when all the artowrks are lined up, waiting for some keen eye to decide where to place them on the walls. Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_nicolefashionshow.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam asked to Model for Fashion Show
For several years Nicole was asked to be one of the models for a lovely annual fashion show in Santa Barbara.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_remax5.jpg]Montecito Exhibition
Then Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum and her husband Dr. Joe Blum with Nicole. M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled to be asked to be the sole artist at a special show entirely sponsored by the Montecito Remax. This show marks Nicole's first solo exhibit.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_feb2011jaaazzzz.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Featured Artist at a 2010 Art Gallery Show
Nicole's Jaaazzzz painting was the focal art for this art gallery exhibit, which featured Nicole's poetry and prose as well as her artwork much taken from "Tempo - The Rhythm and Rhyme of the Artist."
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_coverartweb.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam book -
M. Nicole van Dam book - "Exploring the Successful You."
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_spaday.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011
M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artwork Spa Day at Chevere, Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_remax4.jpg]Montecito Exhibition
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled to be asked to be the sole artist at a special show entirely sponsored by the Montecito Remax. This show marks Nicole's first solo exhibition of her work.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_nicolestudio1.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam asked to pose for Brooks Institute students
As part of the famous Brooks Institute of Photography, various Brooks students have contacted Nicole and asked her to pose for class projects. Here she is posing with her Leonberger dog for wonderful photogrpaher Briana, who Nicole subsequently hired several times.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_stagearea2longviuew.jpg]Stage area at Chevere, decorated in M. Nicole van Dam artworks, 2011
Stage area at Chevere, decorated in M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks, 2011. Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_settingupgalleryshowfeb2011.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Gallery Exhibitions
Nicole was asked to be the featured artist, and recite her poetry, at a 2010 gallery exhibition.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_frontlineuphueadjustedweb.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artwork boots
Line Up of boots using the artwork of M. Nicole van Dam
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_weddingdress2.jpg]Nicole's Wedding Dress
Nicole designed and painted the fabric for her wedding dress, with lace imported from France.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3.jpg]2006 Gallery Reception - Preparation Stage
Here is a photo taken of the Santa Barbara Artimagination Gallery before all was ready, showing the grand entrance!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutsideswanpoemhealing.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_missionandhummingbirds.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011
"Mission at Santa Barbara" and "Hummingbirds and Missing Pieces" Impressionist artworks by M. Nicole van Dam at Chevere, 2011. Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_cityhalldebvotingbooth.jpg]Voting Booth Artwork at Santa Barbara City Hall
M. Nicole van Dam's painting "Voting Booth" recently joined Nicole's other artworks at Santa Barbara City Hall. Lovely Debbie poses to make the moment fun.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bloggondolierbenchmeublesjestersailing.jpg]Gondolier of Venice (with poetry), Bench at Giverny, Meubles de Jardin, Jester, and Sailing
M. Nicole van Dam's Gondolier of Venice (with poetry), Bench at Giverny, Meubles de Jardin, Jester, and Sailing on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_stagearea.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011
M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at the performance stage area at Chevere, 2011. Waiting area decorated with M. Nicole van Dam artworks at Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_everyonehavingfunatdifferentthings.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Art & Poetry on Exhibit at a Creativity Session
M. Nicole van Dam Art & Poetry on Exhibit at a Creativity Session - Nicole loves sharing the joy of creating with others.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospwinter.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_fundraisingmask2010.jpg]Mask Donated for Maritime Museum Fundraising Event
Nicole donated this mask, which was exhibited with one of her poems, for a Santa Barbara Maritime Museum fundraising event. She created the mask as a 3 dimensional scuba adventure, with each side revealing new secrets and even a hidden treasure!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_fundraisingmask1.jpg]Mask Donated for Maritime Museum Fundraising Event
Nicole donated this mask, which was exhibited with one of her poems, for a Santa Barbara Maritime Museum fundraising event. She created the mask as a 3 dimensional scuba adventure, with each side revealing new secrets and even a hidden treasure!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogcountryconquest.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006 - 2012
"Country Rose" and "Roses of Conquest" - part of an ongoing exhibit of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit has been ongoing 2006 - 2012, an example of the many businesses that choose to enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day for many years.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospbed.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogvotingboothinmirror.jpg]Voting Booth Reflections!
M. Nicole van Dam's Voting Booth and associated poetry and writeups reflected in a mirror while on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_webkennyplaying2.jpg]Dr. Kenneth Kafka joining Nicole in a Musical Creativity Therapy Session
Dr. Kenneth Kafka joining Nicole in a Musical Creativity Therapy Session, with Nicole's art in the background.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_sailing.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artworks at Chevere, 2011
M. Nicole van Dam Impressionist artwork Sailing at Chevere, 2011. Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_weddingdress3.jpg]Nicole's Wedding Dress
Nicole designed and painted the fabric for her wedding dress, with lace imported from France.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_saddle1.jpg]Unique Saddle Created to Support Fundraising
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerytone.jpg]2007 Gallery Reception
Photos taken from another reception hosted by a gallery owner at her request.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofalongview.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bloglionsparadisefirstexhibit.jpg]Lion's Paradise 1st Exhibit
M. Nicole van Dam's Lion's Paradise on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogoutdoors.jpg]Lovely outdoor seating area at the Hip Restaruant exhibit
Lovely outdoor seating area at the Hip Restaurant exhibit, 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerytone2005wall2.jpg]2007 Gallery Reception
Photos taken from another reception hosted by a gallery owner at her request.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_pressscene2.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
M. Nicole van Dam has enjoyed some lovely press coverage of her art and exhibits, for which she is quite grateful!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogsummer.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006 - 2012
"Summer Afternoon" - part of an ongoing exhibit of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit has been ongoing 2006-2012, an example of the many businesses that choose to enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day for many years.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_lotsoflaughcelebrateprojectwelldone.jpg]Sharing the Joy
Nicole loves to work with others and help them achieve creative bliss!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_fundraisingmask2.jpg]Mask Donated for Maritime Museum Fundraising Event
Nicole donated this mask, which was exhibited with one of her poems, for a Santa Barbara Maritime Museum fundraising event. She created the mask as a 3 dimensional scuba adventure, with each side revealing new secrets and even a hidden treasure!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bonjour.jpg]
Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospouthealingwintercellopoem.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_pressscene.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
M. Nicole van Dam has enjoyed some lovely press coverage of her art and exhibits, for which she is quite grateful!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogflowersandsong.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006 - 2012
"Flowers and Song" - part of an ongoing exhibit of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit has been ongoing 2006 - 2012, an example of the many businesses that enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospautumn.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_maryspoetryonwall.jpg]Poetry on Exhibit at Mary's Secret Garden
Mary's Secret Garden, a famous Central Coast vegetarian restaurant, has elected to decorate the entire restaurantin Nicole's art and poetry. Since Mary's is Nicole's favorite vegetarian restaurant, this is a heavenly match for Nicole. This exhibit started in early 2011 and is ongoing as of 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospbonjour.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_ojaiholiday2010.jpg]Holiday Home Tour
M. Nicole van Dam had the treat of participating in a Holiday Home Tour that helped raise money for the Ojai Music Festival.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_lelacdereves.jpg]Le Lac de Reves (Lake of Dreams) at Chevere, 2011
Chevere is Nicole's favorite South American restaurant. This restaurant, of approximately 3000 square feet, is decorated entirely in Nicole's Impressionist artwork.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogkennysettingup_0.jpg]Dr. Kenneth Kafka's Waiting Room
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospiloveyoumom.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_nicoledogstudio.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam asked to pose for Brooks Institute students
As part of the famous Brooks Institute of Photography, various Brooks students have contacted Nicole and asked her to pose for class projects. Here she is posing with her Leonberger dog for wonderful photogrpaher Briana, who Nicole subsequently hired several times.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blognatureskitchen1stexhibit.jpg]Nature's Kitchen 1st Exhibit
M. Nicole van Dam's Nature's Kitchen on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodsparrow.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodcoasters.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospleonberger.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospleonebergs2.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoldbuildingpoetrytoo.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
Nicole is delighted when her poetry and prose is exhibited along with her artworks, as in this hospital setting.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3crowd1.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
The March 3, 2006 Gallery Reception was a huge success, attended by hundreds of people throughout the evening, including the then Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, the former Mayor Harriet Miller, and many other notables and press. It was a dream come true and one of Nicole's favorite memories.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogvotingboothandwriteups.jpg]Voting Booth and associated poetry and writeups
M. Nicole van Dam's Voting Booth and associated poetry and writeups on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodbee3.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoldspaceitsspringpoetry.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
Nicole is delighted when her poetry and prose is exhibited along with her artworks, as in this hospital setting.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bloglongview.jpg]Ongoing Exhibit 2006 - 2012
An ongoing exhibit (inside an elegant, several thousand square foot valuable Santa Barbara commercial space) of the Impressionist artist M. Nicole van Dam at a Santa Barbara business. This exhibit has been ongoing 2006 - 2012, an example of the many businesses that choose to enjoy M. Nicole van Dam's artworks as part of their day for many years.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutsidesummeraft.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hallerymar3pat.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
Philanthropist Pat standing with Nicole and Nicole's "Flowers & Song" artwork, that was also licensed as a Santa Barbara Symphony program book cover.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospoutsideswanup.jpg]Public Exhibitions of Poetry and Artwork
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled when the City of Ventura asked her if they could exhibit M. Nicole van Dam artwork and poetry as part of the newly constructed Cancer Center. Here you can see the artworks hanging in the exterior windows so that they can be viewed from the street.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_presssbnewspress.jpg]Press Coverage of M. Nicole van Dam
M. Nicole van Dam has enjoyed some lovely press coverage of her art and exhibits, for which she is quite grateful! This is from the Santa Barbara News Press.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hallerymar3paintings.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
M. Nicole van Dam paintings on exhibit.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hosppassionflower.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed, architecturally beautiful, Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hallerymar2marty.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
Then Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum and Journalist Gloria Montano with Nicole and Gloria's escort.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerywaterfountain.jpg]2008 Gallery Reception
M. Nicole van Dam's "The Water Fountain" at the 2008 Artimagination Gallery Reception.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_2010arttourspiralstair.jpg]Our House as an Art Gallery for the Art Tour
Our House as a Gallery for M. Nicole van Dam art for the Art Tour
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_hospspaday.jpg]Public Collections
Nicole's artwork that was acquired by a hospital for its newly constructed Cancer Center.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_prodstamps.jpg]Licensed Products
M. Nicole van Dam feels it to be a special honor to create designs on request that ultimately can be shared around the world as a variety of products.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_remax.jpg]Montecito Exhibition
M. Nicole van Dam was thrilled to be asked to be the sole artist at a special show entirely sponsored by the Montecito Remax. This show marks Nicole's first solo exhibition.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogkennynic.jpg]Exhibition at Dr. Kafka's Office
Ongoing rotating exhibit at Dr. Kafka's Ojai office.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_saddle2.jpg]Unique Saddle Created to Support Fundraising
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3lindamichael.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
Nicole's dear friends Linda and Michael, at the reception.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallerymar3rosemarci.jpg]2006 Artimagination Gallery Reception
Nicole's dear friends Marci and Rosemary, at the reception.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_gallery2008.jpg]2008 Gallery Reception - Preparation Stage
Here is a photo taken of the Santa Barbara Artimagination Gallery before all was ready, but it was quite a spread!
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_galleryfoodlin.jpg]2008 Gallery Reception - Preparation Stage
Here is a photo taken of the Santa Barbara Artimagination Gallery before all was ready, including Nicole's dear friend Linda.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_2010arttourswan.jpg]Our House as a Gallery for the Art Tour
Our House as a Gallery for M. Nicole van Dam art for the Art Tour
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_bofasumaftcheeryplacetobank.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America, 2012
M. Nicole van Dam artworks on exhibit at Bank of America 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_blogjesters2ndexhibit.jpg]Jester
M. Nicole van Dam's Jester on exhibition at Hip Restaurant, September 2012
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_nicolestudiopainting.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam asked to pose for Brooks Institute students
As part of the famous Brooks Institute of Photography, various Brooks students have contacted Nicole and asked her to pose for class projects. Here she is posing with her Leonberger dog for wonderful photogrpaher Briana, who Nicole subsequently hired several times.
[img src=http://icreate.bz/wp-content/flagallery/memory-gallery/thumbs/thumbs_toelineupweb.jpg]M. Nicole van Dam artwork boots
Line Up of boots using the artwork of M. Nicole van Dam

 

Another amazing memory are those times when I learn that my work received praise – especially when it gets on TV or famous people are involved – following are my two favorite examples:

The rainboots with my art were selected to be gifts given to the celebrities at the 2014 MovieGuide Awards, and it didn’t bother me one bit to be referred to as a “modern day Monet.” Watch this video and imagine my smiles!

M. Nicole van Dam Artwork and Boots Honored Backstage Movieguide® Awards Gifting Suite from RealTVfilms on Vimeo.

Another TV memory is a video of the Good Day TV Show on Fox TV that did a segment that shared the rain/garden boots based on my artwork with their viewers – luckily they posted it on YouTube so I can share the video here – Enjoy!

The boots in the video, plus other designs, are all available on Amazon

Fun, fun, fun!

Another great memory is having my art at Santa Barbara City Hall for almost a decade – from around 2006 until August 2016.  My artwork “Voting Booth” was the first thing a visitor to the Santa Barbara Mayor & City Council office would see when entering the office (see the artwork on the square wall).  The artwork was accompanied by an explanation of what the art meant:

My artwork "Voting Booth" first thing visitors would see at Santa Barbara City Hall Mayor & Councilmen's Office

My artwork “Voting Booth” first thing visitors would see at the Santa Barbara City Hall Mayor & City Council Office

I took a quick video:

 

 

I was thrilled when I was interviewed for television – never expected that!  The set was very professional – three cameras – all the equipment and lights – and the interviewer George Alger was a pro who made me feel at ease.  Of course I wore one of my scarves (“Bench at Giverny” as sold by Christopher & Banks departments stores).  I think the very best part of the memory was having my wonderful husband there to cheer me on!  Here is that interview in case you missed it the six (count ’em six!) times it aired on television:

 

Below is a screen show sharing more of my blog posts on a variety of things that might interest you – you can click on whichever post interests you to read the full post – Enjoy!

 

In addition, you might also enjoy Nicole’s “Memory Ball” – this whirling, twirling ball is a fun way to visually see how “Memories make the World go Round!”

We thank you for your support and interest in Nicole’s work!

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