Clay McGlamory and Richard Nickel
As one of the three inaugural NEON Festival mural collaborations, New Energy of Norfolk, was the introduction most visitors had when approaching the burgeoning arts district. Together, two ODU professors created a mural that was a friendly welcome to the neighborhood with Richard Nickel’s playful, smiling houses illuminated by Clay McGlamory’s solar light installations. The mural was painted over in 2021 as part of the renovations for Pilot Place.
Rick remains a fixture in the NEON District, hosting annual pottery sales and creating new works, while Clay is very active with the local glassmaking community.