Nicholas St. Clair "The World Series of Autism"

Countryside Gallery Would Like To Invite You To Our April 2024 Artist Exhibition Featuring Nicholas St. Clair.
Opening Reception April 5th @ 6PM
2 South State Street
Newtown Pennsylvania 18940
Sunday - Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Nicholas St. Clair
"The World Series of Autism"
"My name is Nicky St Clair. I was born in Northeast Philadelphia and when I was 2 years old, I was diagnosed with autism. It was tough for my family, because they had no idea what the future had in-store for me. It was a scary and unpredictable time. My parents did anything they could to help me learn how to communicate and even brought tutors to the house because elementary school was very challenging.
My passion for drawing started at a very young age. I would watch a wide range of cartoons on Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network. Watching animation and playing video games contribute to my inspiration and creativity as well. I always dreamed of what it would be like to have my very own cartoon series with my own characters. So I was inspired to create a comic book when I was only 12 years old. I found drawing flip books during my early teenage years helped me to talk to people. It gave me the confidence to communicate to more and more people and to make friends through my creativity. In high school at the age of 15, my passion for art grew larger. I would bring a notebook with me everyday to school and doodled in it whenever possible. At this point I was still somewhat socially awkward, but I still kept drawing no matter what. It helped counter the negativity I experienced and opened the doors to meeting new people.
When I graduated high school, I took the next step and pushed myself to create art everyday. This hard work paid off when my artwork featuring baseball teams was seen by the right person. In 2018 an autism organization called The Camden County Partnership for Children invited me to speak. My speech made me realize that exhibiting my artwork and my diligence has helped both my art career and my social life. I have had the chance to make friends and talk to many people. It has made me more grateful for the people that were there for me and I also found a way to relate to other people with autism. I started volunteering to help others with autism and became a mentor. It was this that made me decide what I really wanted to do in life. To create art and to take the opportunity to be a mentor and to speak for those who struggle with autism. My comics, animations, posters, and sports murals have given me the confidence to express my passion for art and communicate with others in the community."

Displayed Artwork Will Be Viewable At Our 2 South Street Location From April 5th Through the 30th.

215 968-2246
2 South State Street, Newtown, PA, 18940
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