Friday, September 21, 2012

Anne Neilson's "Angels in Our Midst" Launches in Charlotte October 10-11

Charlotte-based artist Anne H. Neilson will be joined by author Ron Hall in celebrating the launch of her book "Angels in Our Midst," a coffee table book featuring her Angel Series and the stories behind the paintings. Hall will speak on October 10 at a sold-out luncheon and will serve as a special guest October 11 at Neilson's annual Strokes of Compassion Art Show.

"Angels in Our Midst," Neilson's first book, is a full-color, 9" x 12" hardbound, with 256 pages spotlighting more than 100 images of her work. "Angels in Our Midst" is available for pre-order and will officially be released October 1, 2012. Hall wrote the book's Forward.

There are a number of events planned surrounding the book's release including:

• Hall will speak Wednesday, October 10 at a sold-out luncheon celebrating '"Angels in Our Midst." Both Hall and Neilson will sign books at the event. "Ron Hall has had an influence on my art, and "Angels in Our Midst." Like so many others, I find him to be a huge inspiration and I am extremely honored and grateful to have him take part in this momentous occasion," says Neilson.
• Neilson will host the annual Strokes of Compassion Art Show October 11, 6 – 9 p.m. 2907 Providence Road #102 (the former location of Bella Casa), which benefits The Harvest Center, a homeless ministry organization that provides job-readiness for its clients. Hall will be a special guest at the event and will join Neilson in signing books. The event is open to the public.
• Neilson will exhibit her newest works and will be joined by fellow Charlotte-based artists Robert Langford and Andy Braitman at Red Dot Art Fair, the prestigious art event that will take place concurrently with Art Basel Miami, December 5 -9.
• Neilson will host book signings:
o Tuesday, October 16 at 3 French Hens, 4219-1 Providence Rd., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

o Thursday, November 8 at Granville Antiques, 6809 Phillips Place Ct. at Phillips Place, 5 – 8 p.m.

o Friday November 9, at Bucketts, 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Suite 107A, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

"Angels in Our Midst" follows Neilson's journey through her Angel series, sharing inspirational and personal stories behind each painting and about the many charities she has supported. The compilation, written by Neilson and edited by Betsy Thorpe, includes images from Neilson's Angel series as well as a selection of her stunning landscapes, figures and still-lifes. The book also includes devotions and quotes from art dealers and collectors.

A portion of the book's net profits will benefit a select group of charities Neilson has previously collaborated with including The Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas and Charlotte-based The Harvest Center, Levine Cardiac Kids, Allegro Foundation and Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care and With Open Eyes.


In 2003, Neilson painted her first angel. Upon realizing that she had "found her voice", Neilson began the Angel series, which reflected her deep and abiding faith and grew in success almost overnight. Galleries across the country sell Neilson's artwork to collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Her glorious use of color, texture and layering of paint onto the canvas gives the viewer a profound sense of engagement and awe into the world of "Angels in Our Midst". As a result of her successful national shows and the growing popularity of her work, Neilson's art has captured the interest of discerning art collectors. Her works hang in both public and private collections internationally, including those of several celebrities. Anne lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband and their four children. More information at