Featured Artist: Max Harper
Max Harper recently joined Nimbus Arts and has brought a perspective to our team of teaching artists. A self-described “outlaw illustrator,” Max draws inspiration from Robert Crumb, Antonio Prohias, and Sergio Aragon, with influences from the monochrome nightmare landscapes of H.R. Giger, Laurie Lipton, and Horror Vacui auteur, Phil Kunto. Art helped Max navigate a childhood filled with moves, confusion, and contradictions, and provided a way of processing, keeping record, and navigating his world.
Max ran with street artists from the Bay Area and drew from their courage and creativity in producing large expressive and convoluted projects anonymously. Their work to add vibrant color and energetic beauty to a dreary urban area was inspiring and challenging.
This summer Max launched an experimental animation program at Nimbus, designed to remove the most challenging barriers of animation: time investment and arcane technology. The program works with any medium and is accessible to beginners and useful for experts. Max especially enjoys working with young people, helping them find ways to express themselves through art.
We welcome Max to the Nimbus family!
“I believe in the power of art to inspire and connect us. I founded Nimbus Arts to bring art to more people. It is both an honor and a source of ongoing wonder to see all the ways that art makes us think, brings us joy, and makes the world a better place.”
Dana Johnson, Nimbus Arts Co-Founder and Board President
“In any discussion about Napa Valley culture, the first two words that invariably come up are “wine” and “food.” But there’s a third dimension to the region- the arts- that has been steadily expanding in scope and inspiring residents and visitors to enjoy and embrace their creative side. At the forefront of this cultural dimension is Nimbus Arts!”
North Bay Bohemian, May 2017
“Nimbus continues to be an amazing gift to this community and we are forever grateful to the entire team for your creativity, genius, dedication and commitment.”
Trevor & Kelly Foster, Nimbus Arts Leadership Circle and Supporter
“Art is a powerful healer! Immediately after the valley wildfires that devastated our community. Nimbus responded by providing community mosaic events, which they do so incredibly well. We cherish and support these important activities which renew our spirits and strengthen the bonds that build and inspire community.”
Rita and Rudy von Strasser, Community Supporter
“A vibrant community arts program signals vitality and warmth, and Nimbus Arts is the spark that make these happen for us in Saint Helena.”
Alan Galbraith, Mayor of St. Helena and Supporter
“Nimbus Arts has been a critical partner in providing a positive impact of art and art education to Napa County residents for more than a decade. I am thankful for what Nimbus Arts has done for the community and look forward to continue working with them to increase access to art for all of Napa County’s residents and visitors.”
Diane Dillon, Supervisor, District 3, County of Napa
“Everyone at Nimbus is friendly, accommodating and supportive. It is a nurturing environment where I feel comfortable at work with my new creations and benefit being surrounded by such talented people and their positive energy. I am truly a happy camper!”
Dianne Martinez, Nimbus Arts’ first ArtPass holder
“The caliber and quality of Nimbus Arts’ programming is exemplary. Their imaginative approach is consistently fun, educational and innovative. What a gift to our community! Please join me in supporting Nimbus.”
Diane “Dede” Wilsey, Philanthropist