2 man show — d.e. may and matt ferranto



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flower power

a short, sweet story about flowers begins here…

hot nite impossible box

flowers cut from canvas scraps first get coated with gel medium

july 14, 2014  8:34:36 pm

flower power fronts

flash forward to  sept 24, 2014 6:21:04 PM

flowers are now edged and hand stitched together. these are their acrylic painted sides

flower power backs

ink and gel medium sides


long story short the flower container is ready for the flowers

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oct 18, 2014  8:01:11pm

8 two-sided flowers and their container


visit to artist gary westfjord’s atelier


at the gate of gary’s studio


art lined stairway up


boston blackie? gary sez look it up on youtube.


tools of the trade


gary & nic


where are we now?


hiway 61 peace vida loco


composition in antiques, velvets & tools


the ford. the ice, the reference.


afterwards table five 08


nic looking cool in the 91 degree temperature outside


yours truly


our chariot awaits at the curb to take us to work in our own studio

trimming the tree

grandma murray's snowmangrandma nellie’s snowman

matt ferranto's nutcrackermatt ferranto’s ‘nuthouse’

dave's starnic’s cardboard star

lis lewis's peruvian indian womanlisa sue’s peruvian indian woman souvenir

my felt angelsloy’s first felt angel

angel topper

nic’s scrap paper angel

shanna's windmillshanna’s grade school windmill

dave's grandmother's xmas cardgrandma mary elizabeth’s Christmas card

d.e. may's santad.e. may’s santa

dave's dovenic’s cardboard turtle dove

dave's mother's cardnic’s mother mary’s new year’s card

cardboard ornamentnic’s inverted triangle cardboard ornament

potatoa potato

picklea pickel

tomatoa tomato

corn& an ear of corn

excavating for the ‘two sisters’

1. facing the music

and so it begins, the excavation of a full-up 5′ X 10′ art storage unit.

2. emptying the space

most everything must come out, not only to find the ‘two sisters’ but to make room for new additions from the nicholsloy studio stack.

3. looking one way

looking down the hall to our unit’s east side open door.

4. looking the other

looking up the hall from the east side door. lucky for us, no other folks showed up to get at their stowage.

14. what we drank in 1997 %22Y%22

looking in from the west side door. boxes of mac flasks with notes inside. the ‘Y’.

5. oils taken off their stretchers & rolled up

a collection of paintings no longer on stretcher frames that are rolled up & labeled.

13. box of rolled canvases sent to denver

a box of large rolled up canvases we once shipped by fed ex to denver at the request of rick dawson & geoff kann, art collectors extraordinaire. they chose a very large still life with a crab.

6. Y box & sloy's sack

the ‘Y’ box & sloy’s ‘no one told the truth’ brown bag.

16. fitting it all & more back in

the excavation & rearrangement continues at the west door entrance.

15. sloy's dead men's coats & kick it

sloy’s ‘kick it right here’ & ‘dead men’s coats’.

9. '57 chev & pulp mill

nic’s ‘on the road with no memory’ & ‘GP pulp mill’

10. rebeat 2, 3 & 4

in the stacks 3 issues of sloy’s & nic’s 4 issue tabloid ‘rebeat’. left to right, summer ’93 issue #4 (nic’s cover), winter ’93 issue #3 (carol hausser’s cover), and fall ’92 issue #2 (dan may’s cover).

8. vita gallery side view

a large cardboard, 2-sided piece, we shipped by UPS to the vita gallery in 1997. we were in a 3 artist show curated by the incomparable linda grounds, the vita gallery owner.

stack of ink drawings 54%22 x 49%22

a stack of nic’s large (54″ X 49″) ink drawings of vintage stock boxes from the now defunct everett, WA. weyerhaeuser pulp & paper mill drawn on pulp paper produced at that mill.

11. 54%22 x 49%22 acrylics in sleeve sloy made

some of nic’s early live line paintings in acrylic & a collection of sloy’s writings inside an envelope sloy made for storing them. all done on the same large pulp paper as the stock box drawings.

our kite (sing:sign)

our kite ‘sing sign’ for the bush gallery kite show invitational in 2006 along with glimpses of some of nic’s earliest paintings from ’81 & ’82.

woman with pipe (grandfather looking on)

‘woman smoking a pipe’ & in the upper corner is painted a rendition of nic’s ‘in the graying glass’, nic’s grandfather looking on. ‘in the graying glass’ will be in the alumni show. an early work.

17. two sisters

‘two sisters’ oil on canvas, 1985. 92″ x 58″

the sisters ready to be taken home in the trusty nicholsloy studio van. excavation is exhilarating-exhausting labor. the works of your life flash by & beset your dreams. we took the plunge into the archives because of the ccc alumni show november 6 – december 6. the studio became bare of so many pieces, & with the holidays on the way, we chose “two sisters” to come home with us & fill the void. it’s been decades since we’ve spent any time with them. if you’ve been following so far as to be reading this now, we hope to see you at the opening wednesday afternoon 12:30 – 2:30, nov. 6. nic learned from facebook yesterday that he has to give a little talk about his art, a bracing blow to his already blowsy nerves.

the plug story

plug faces at nightnic’s the one who came up with the iconography. i’m the one who managed the rock n roll band that came to be named ‘plug’.

IMG_4241here i am then. it is 1995. the ‘dangerous ashes’, as they once called themselves, ask me if i would manage them.  i was green, but i took it on.

IMG_4230barry mcalpine on bass, tony colomina on drums, don edwards on guitar. a rare acoustic gig i got them at matt ferranto’s ‘spare room’ gallery. a gala art opening for nic.

IMG_4227in no time at all, nic gets enlisted as the publicity/marketing end of the venture.  he shoots hours of real time live shows & ‘plug’ practice sessions with a panasonic vid cam. he designs, photocopies, hangs & distributes flyers. here we are at another gig i got the guys in lincoln city at a surfer’s 4th of july party. you can see nic’s camera work & watch the band, get a glimpse of the primitive, wild, cop invaded gig, on youtube here…


‘plug gulp’ the band’s CD with nic’s plug face icon.

IMG_3975so nic is designing the cd, the flyers, shooting the videos, as i am scraping up gigs for these 3 extraordinary musicians with their all original songs all original full out sound. we are a team of artists working in synch.


IMG_3986nic in the t-shirt he designed for the ‘plug’ cd release gig.

IMG_4074the ‘plug’ story is a story filled with honor & glory. & a story that ends in death & loss. nic’s plug faces tell it better than words.

IMG_4086acrylic plug faces on vintage stock boxes series



IMG_3925plug face lamp (back side)

IMG_4002plug face lamp (front side)


you can see it then in our faces & it remains so… one of the honors of our lives to have been a part of it all. here’s to ‘plug’. plug on forever.

attic antics

time to face the arctic attic, the only time of year to ‘spring’ clean up there.


nic’s ‘mapping heaven’ woodblocks he made for a large canvas with the same name & to print on the trap door.


pull down ladder with extension cord used to turn on lights.


here we go. watch your step, nic.


where to start… cow skull, cadillac, container of cars. the broken finial from nic’s grandfather’s monument in the pioneer cemetery.


summer patio furniture.


containers filled with our Christmas treasures.


nic’s store of cardboard supplies for his cardboard sculptures.


sleeping bags on containers storing… what???


stacks of file boxes with collections from over 3 decades.


empty packing boxes & materials. you never know when you may need one.


the packing boxes & materials get the nod. watch out for the low slung rafters, nic. too late. crouching is hard to remember.