Nicole Updates & Releases

My Sci Fi Short Story “Nessie” on TV!

Artimagination : April 18, 2017 3:32 am : Nicole's News Hot Sheet, Writer's Corner

It was quite a thrill to perform my short story “Nessie” for television – it aired 5 times in 2017. In this short story, I had fun weaving traditional, modern and futuristic themes together, and I think the audience enjoyed the surprises along the way. Very fun memory! I was wearing a kaftan with my “Dance of the Fall Leaves” artwork on it 🙂

“Nessie” (c) 2017 M. Nicole van Dam. All Rights Reserved.

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Wonderful TV Interview with John Moore, Editor of the Ventura County Star

Artimagination : April 9, 2017 9:11 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet

John Moore, Editor of the Ventura County Star, was so informative in his discussion about journalism – just a wonderful guest in every way. He oversees the online and digital versions of the Ventura County Star as well as traditional print media, and it was fascinating to hear him talk about how the business of journalism has changed. John covered everything from fake news to confidential news sources to the business of journalism. It was also a treat to visit John at the Ventura County Star headquarters – the newsroom was very much like the old movies – a huge room full of reporter desks. It was a bit intimidating to be interviewing such a pro! This interview of John Moore has aired 5 times on television so far. Here is my interview of the talented John Moore, Editor of the Ventura Country Star, online:

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Poetry Reading by Nicole on TV – Life is Like Knitting

Artimagination : March 18, 2017 10:24 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet, Writer's Corner

In 2017, I was asked to read two of my works for television broadcast – very fun indeed! Here is the first of the two to be broadcast – my poem “Life is Like Knitting.” I chose two of my works that had a knitting reference to tickle my Mother’s sense of humor. Following is the video of the reading, and below the video I have put the poem itself. I wore the “Dance of the Fall Leaves” kaftan based on my “Dance of the Fall Leaves” artwork.

As background on the poem itself, I had written about knitting, and life, some years ago, when I was starting anew before I met my wonderful husband. Knitting was a lovely part of my relationship with my Mother and also with my wonderful Aunt Barbara and her daughters Rika and Claire. The poem is apropos of so many of life’s changes and decisions:

Life is Like Knitting

Life is like knitting
Sometimes each stitch falls easily into place
Each row upon row flowing with grace
And then, a mistake, not easy to erase

A choice must be had
Do we go ahead flawed, looking a bit bad
Or do we unravel and then
Begin, begin, begin again?

With each new start
The old design deliberately picked apart
Carefully the yarn from the needle unfurls
Undoing all the knits and pearls
Cautious not to harm
The tender texture of the yarn

This life’s thread must be used to stitch again
In our universal pattern of row upon row, til time’s end
There is no shame in each start anew
No matter how many restarts or how few

The rows undone
In the redoing are part of life’s fun
The lessons learned along each knitted way
Can be used another day
To last, to warm our souls a little longer
Making our life’s knitting that much stronger.

(c) 2006 M. Nicole van Dam. All Rights Reserved.

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TV Episode – All About Birds!

Artimagination : December 19, 2016 5:27 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet

Our area is so fortunate to have a knowledgeable and caring avian veterinarian, Dr. Christine Sellers. Avian veterinary medicine is a relatively unusual focus, and she is tremendously knowledgeable and also works with the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network. Here is our television interview, which covers everything from chickens to pet birds to wildlife rescue (and I am wearing my “Windmill & Cows by Nicole” kaftan):

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TV Interviews about Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, the Effects of Stress and Endobiogeny, & More!

Artimagination : November 15, 2016 10:35 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet

Medicine, the role of technology and pharmaceuticals in medicine, the impact of stress on the body (in medical terms), and healing are each such complex topics, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do two TV interviews of Dr. Kenneth Kafka, who shared a lot of insight about integrative medicine, traditional medicine, functional medicine, the role of genetic testing, the impact of stress on the body and the endocrine system and endobiogeny, and more (-and you will see I am wearing my “Dance of the Fall Leaves by Nicole” kaftan). These informative interviews each aired five times on television so far:

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TV Episode about Building in Ventura County

Artimagination : November 4, 2016 5:37 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet

I was so fortunate to have the fun learning experience of doing a TV interview with both Winston Wright (Ventura County Planning Department) and David Hansen (Ventura County Building & Safety). They are both so knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Here is the interview – hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I did! Thank you Winston & David!

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Indigo transformed into FUN Cowboy Boot!

Artimagination : November 1, 2016 6:10 pm : New Nicole Product Updates, Nicole's News Hot Sheet


Wonderful “Indigo Blue” Cowboy Boot! Available on Amazon!

I just LOVE this new boot, called “Indigo Blue,” made from my Indigo artwork!  So FUN!  For sale on Amazon!  I’ll be ‘stylin in these!


Indigo for portfolio

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Snowflake Sonata – now a Lovely Scarf at Department Stores

Artimagination : November 1, 2016 6:07 pm : New Nicole Product Updates, Nicole's News Hot Sheet

Snowflake Sonata

“Snowflake Sonata” now available as a scarf in Department Stores!

It is always so fun to see one of my artworks transformed into a lovely scarf – and Snowflake Sonata did not disappoint!

Snowflake Sonata

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“Roulettes” Abstract Art Rainboot

Artimagination : November 1, 2016 6:04 pm : New Nicole Product Updates, Nicole's News Hot Sheet

Those of you who know my art well know that I don’t often paint in abstract, so it was quite an honor when one of my abstract artworks, “Roulettes” was licensed as a rainboot.  I think it makes an absolutely lovely boot, and I couldn’t be more pleased!  For sale o

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Thrilled to Interview Wonderful Musician & Composer Jimmy Calire on TV

Artimagination : November 1, 2016 5:06 pm : Nicole's News Hot Sheet

I’ve been thrilled and honored first to be interviewed by an award winning local TV station, and then to serve as a guest host to interview others. That’s an experience I never thought I’d have! Here is my interview of the amazing musician, composer and arranger Jimmy Calire (who among other things toured worldwide with the famous band America)(and you will see I am wearing my “Love You by Nicole” kaftan):

In our interview, musician, composer and arranger, Jimmy Calire, speaks about his experience touring with the band, America, in the 1970’s, including also starting with Raven in the late 1960’s (Columbia Records), and his experience with Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, BB King and playing with Jimi Hendrix. I like that Jimmy is a natural mentor, discussing how he learns pre-existing music and the software he uses to help him. He also talks about “farming” or growing an idea. He also talks about the universal nature of music, as well as the role and purpose of music and offers practical advice to musicians trying to build a career. Such an honor to get to know Jimmy better!

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