Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Award Winning Local Author/Artist Dean Nimmer Releases Second Book

Dean Nimmer has been selected as the 2015 Massachusetts Art Education Association Community Arts Educator of the Year in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of Art Education in Massachusetts.

Coinciding with this newest award, Dean’s second book, Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, will be available in bookstores on October 3. Now in pre-sales on Amazon, with over 5,000 copies sold, booksellers large and small have picked it up across the country, including Barnes and Noble and Walmart. It is completely unheard of for an art book (described below) to sell that many copies before it's release, says the publisher, North Light Books. The book also achieved a 4.9 of 5-star rating on Amazon with RAVE reviews from pre-sale customers – “Brilliant!” – “Lightening in a bottle!” – “A must have!” – “The real deal!” – “Inspiring!” – “Go for it!” Based on current sales and reviews, Creating Abstract Art, is the highest rated and best selling new art book in the United States and England right now!

Going far beyond standard notions of developing an abstract style or particular look, Creating Abstract Art unleashes the numerous possibilities that abound in your creative subconscious, with 40 exercises exploring original ideas and inventive techniques for making abstract art, and highlighting 50 contemporary artists sharing diverse work and viewpoints on the process of working abstractly.

Dean’s passion lies in the creative process, believing that the action of art making will enrich our lives and bring us joy. And his message to those struggling with self-doubt and blocked creativity is, “The only thing you can do wrong in art is to not make art.”

Despite his success as an author, Dean is quick to point out that he’d rather be making art than writing about it. “I am an abstract painter,” and I develop my work out of pure instinct and intuition without a pre-planned vision of what my pictures should look like. Though I don’t set out to depict a figure, still life or landscape, all of my work derives from my direct experience of the world that is reinvented and filtered through my imagination. The highest compliment anyone can pay me as an artist is to say that they feel like making something after seeing my work.”

Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, Dean Nimmer continues to have an extraordinary career as a teacher, inspiring his students with his energy and passion for the creating. After teaching painting, drawing, and printmaking for 34 years in Boston, he moved to Holyoke and began teaching at Holyoke Community College as well as offering lectures, workshops and demonstrations at universities and arts organizations in the U.S. and aboard.

Additionally, sales continue to be strong for Nimmer’s first book, Art From Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art (New York: Watson-Guptill, 2008), currently in its fifth printing, also a 5-star rated book.

Previously, in 2010, Dean was given the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award by the 16,000-member, College Art Association, which represents, promotes and advocates for the visual arts nationally and internationally. In addition, Dean was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award in the fields of Art and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin and he’s listed in the current addition of Who’s Who in American Art. Dean has exhibited his paintings, drawings and prints in over 200 exhibitions across the country and in Europe, China, Japan and Australia.

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