The Grand Galleries
Kathy Herring has always loved to draw and paint, with a natural affinity for doing portraits. As she states on her website, kathyherringportraits.com,
I've always had a special gift for portraiture, and am especially fond of drawing children. People almost always tell me that I have captured more than just the appearance of their loved one, but something about their spirit, the unique spark of their individuality.
She has studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she met David Shevlino, her husband and fellow artist.
BARNS are Comfort Food for the Soul
by Sherry McVickar
I paint BARN portraits from an artisan’s point of view. This point of view has five angles:
#1. “VAN GOO” is my painter name: I like my paint gooey and thick. My painting style is characterized by building up thick layers of paint. In classical terms this technique is called ‘impasto’.
#2. I travel the country-side knocking on complete stranger’s doors asking if I may paint a picture of their BARN. (Sometimes I just drive up: slam on the brakes, jump out, plaster paint all over, throw everything back in the car, and speed away).
#3. To sit in the shade on a warm, cloudless day, listening to the birds, bees, and animal conversations: This is the addictive element of what I do called Painting “ En Plien Aire” (French for “in plenty of air”).
#4. I paint BARNS because of my love of architecture, geometry, human ingenuity, and crafts-—person—-ship.
#5. BARNS are as beautiful as any horse, or iris, or waterfall, or sunset. The USA has an extremely rich farming heritage which must-at all costs-be preserved in art and life. Thank you for joining me in seeing and appreciating them for the first or the thousandth time.
Lindsay Florence grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania among the natural beauty of Chester County. She showed a keen interest in art at a young age and was captivated by the work of Andrew Wyeth, N.C Wyeth and Georgia O'Keefe. Her early fascination with these artists, as well as many others would continue to inspire her as she expanded her own knowledge, interests and techniques.
Lindsay soon enrolled in various art programs including classes at Chester County Art Association and the Delaware School of Art Design to further hone her skills. It was during these years of artistic education that she connected with the nature of realism; drawing inspiration from the natural world and blending it with her own vision.
Lindsay’s unique vision earned her a bachelor’s degree of fine art from Alfred University School of Art and Design in 2007. She has shown at the Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, exhibited for charitable fundraisers in Delaware, and participated in many juried shows and auctions in Pennsylvania and throughout New England. In 2009 Lindsay was awarded the “Emerging Artist of the
Year” by Arts Alive in Burlington, Vermont, and in 2010 was awarded "Juror's Choice" from The Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Currently, Lindsay works from her studio outside of Philadelphia.
“I enjoy painting subjects found through my personal experiences and explorations. Often, my subject matter is varied in terms of location, but are all heavily influenced by the natural world. Nature is something I have always felt a strong connection with, it has the ability to be serene and powerful all at once. I try to capture these traits in my paintings, whether it is a quiet snow scene, or a tumultuous seascape. Giving my audience a renewed excitement and appreciation in viewing familiar subjects
is what I strive for.
My style is one that integrates excess and simplicity, resulting in realistic oil
paintings that appear saturated and clear. A perfectionist at heart, my work is very slow and methodic. By amplifying color, shadow and other affects of light I am able to heighten the clarity of my subjects. These effects are achieved by using a layering and glazing technique which also makes process, and patience an important element to each painting. "Hyper- real" and "acidic" have described my work when viewers discover an unfamiliar intensity and energy in the familiar subjects of my paintings.”
Yakime Akelá Brown
Artist Yakime Akelá Brown returns to The Grand Opera House Baby Grand Gallery during the Month of December with a new collection of his signature colorful abstract paintings. This exhibition will feature acrylic and mixed-media paintings that showcase a wide range of bold, vibrant hues applied with palette knives and brush, tactile surfaces and a slick finish. All Art Loop attendees will receive a FREE raffle ticket for a chance to win an original piece of artwork. Art Loop reception Friday, December 5, 2014, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jan. 6th.