I’ve been looking forward to sharing about the February show at the Shain Gallery since we saw all the beautiful pieces by gallery artists Christy Kinard and EMYO. Both artists pieces work so well when shown alongside one another, and this particular show had some of my favorite pieces from Kinard so far.
You can’t help but feel a sense of genuine happiness as you look at the bright colors that the artist uses in her pieces, and this show in particular featured brilliant tropical colors that will have you thinking of warm breezes and a refreshing glass of tea.
If a Southerner talks music, weaving symphonies of vibrant wordplay, I would like to think that I paint similar, creating rich compositions with impressions of Southern life. The abundant flowers and unique cultural traditions of the South sing through me, into my hands and onto the materials that shape my visual song. I attempt to capture the joyful, layered character of the South, working from both childhood memories and life.Flowers are the main subjects of my work, which reflects the bounty of colorful plant life both outside and in the homes of the South. In keeping with Southern tradition, there was almost always a fresh bouquet of flowers on the table of my childhood home. The frequent presence of flowers made a lasting impression—so much so that the floral still life would become the central focus of my work. – Christy Kinard
Emily has studied in Italy with an impressionist master, focusing on a method passed down from the impressionist painter John Singer Sargent. In 2014, Emily attended training at Harvard seeking to deepen her understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Daughter of a Cuban-American, her work is perhaps drawn from those expressive roots.
What Matters Is We Were Together
Green Space, We Did Life Together
Breathe in Life, Exhale Color
The next art opening arrives at the Shain Gallery on March 8th and will feature work by artist Andy Braitman.