Wilkinson said Nate is free to work on his artwork when he wants, but he isn't required to spend time in his studio.
"The nice thing about art is it is not practiced like a musical instrument. He can do it when he feels like it. He does it when he gets inspired and excited. He'll definitely take weeks off at a time and then he'll get an idea," she said.
Nate has been going around his regular kindergarten kid business, his mom said, and is unconcerned about his opening.
"He knows he has this art show coming up and he mentioned, 'One day maybe my name will be in the newspaper,' " she said.
Nate likes to talk about his art, but he's just as enthusiastic about soccer, which he just started to play and "loves," and his new Beyblade spinning top, which he can make skitter across the wood floors at home.
"I earned that," he said of the toy, which was a reward for doing household chores such as putting away toys and keeping his shoes picked up. He also likes Legos and Tinker Toys.
He isn't sure just how many pieces of his artwork will be on exhibit, saying it is somewhere between 12 and 20. They includes his favorites, with lots of texture and bright colors.
Asked if his artwork is for sale, Nate said he would consider it, but noted he wouldn't expect someone to "waste all their money" by paying, say $1,000 for his artwork.
Moore said upcoming exhibits at the South Charleston campus include:
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
- What: Exhibit - Nate Wilkinson: Abstract and Direct
- When: Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Friday
- Where: Marshall University South Charleston Campus Library
- Info: 304-746-8910