There is something to be said about having an art gallery to yourselves. When we go to an art show we like to arrive early, before all the other guests and many times to the artists have yet to arrive. It gives you a chance to get some pictures of the art and to ‘drink it all in’ before the gallery fills up.
Since nothing starts of the weekend like an art show, on last Friday evening we headed up to the Shain Gallery on Selwyn for the Sisters Art Show. We’ve long admired the work of Kim Schussler and Christy Kinard, but up until recently we had no idea that the two artists were sisters.
Since Kim Schussler is the oldest sister, I’ll share some of the pictures I took of her work first… but first to give you a glimpse of the artist here’s a brief bio via The Shain Gallery.
Kim Schuessler’s lighthearted images come with a serious art background. Educated at the University of Georgia and Parsons School of Design in New York, Kim Schuessler has honed her fun loving craft. She also spent time studying with Dan Connally in Cortona, Italy and at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. For The Congressional Women’s Luncheon honoring Laura Bush, one of Kim Schuessler’s painting was chosen for the invitations and programs. She has over 25 exhibitions to her credit including several sell-out shows in collaboration with retail giant Neiman Marcus. Schuessler’s work is always in high demand. Her collectors span from Hawaii to the East Coast.
While Christy’s style differs from her sisters, we enjoyed seeings the different colors of the florals that lit up the gallery walls.
Here’s a brief bio on Christy via the Shain Gallery…
Christy Kinard displays a natural talent that has been evolving since childhood. While she has had formal training at both Atlanta College of Art and Savannah College of Art and Design, her style is a unique and self-defined expression of her southern roots. Her paintings are in both private and corporate collections across the Southeast United States and Europe, including computer giant I.B.M. At the young age of twenty eight Christy Kinard has over twenty five shows to her name, many have been one man exhibitions. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books including Southern Living, Atlanta Homes Book, S.W., and N.W. magazines, Piedmont Review and several articles in Birminghams Post Harold and Black and White.