Remembering Ray Nolin
The Provincetown art community lost a dear friend and artist last September with the passing of Ray Nolin at the age of 55. Nolin, has been cited as an ubiquitous Provincetown painter who trained with the legendary Philip Malicoat. He exhibited at Julie Heller Gallery, Berta Walker Gallery, Impulse Gallery, and Shore Gallery. The Provincetown Art Association & Museum holds a few of his pieces and his work has been featured in Provincetown Arts Magazine.
Nolin was originally from New Haven, Connecticut but had been a longtime Provincetown resident. He was well-known for his paintings of local scenes, charcoal drawings, sculptures and painted cigar boxes.
“Nolin was a great friend to many who knew him and always wanted to help in any way he could, said Julie Heller, owner of Julie Heller Gallery and Julie Heller East, two art galleries in Provincetown.
“He was very childlike; money meant nothing to him. He’s one in a million. You’re never going to meet another person like him, on any level.”
Nolin studied under such artists as Henry Hensche, Philip Malicoat and Joan Pereira but will be remembered for an incredible talent that was ingrained in him, Heller said.
“He just did everything right, color, composition, light and spirit,” she said. “His work showed a sense of balance many older, established artists still tried to achieve what came so naturally to Ray.”