Current DisplayLedyard Gallery:
Inner Journey by Kristin Kehler
Faces: an exhibit of pastels by Kristin Kehler
Saturday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 26
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 1 from 2-4pm
Artist Kristin Kehler writes:
I wonder if the love I have for drawing faces is anything like the magnetism a
new baby feels for eyes, nose, mouth, and the curves of the cheeks? I approach the paper, canvas, or material as if I, too, were searching for someone. They visit me, the faces. Sometimes they look out at me; other times they seem to be on an inward journey; and sometimes they are in relationship to one another. Who will it be? What will come out? At my best, I am playing, like a little girl eagerly unwrapping birthday presents. I am after the mystery, the surprise gift of the spreading ink, water colors running, or oil pastels that can be squished with the fingers into something less known
And where do they come from, these faces? From my dreams, from my less
conscious realms. For many years I have been inspired by the Archetypal
Dreamwork at North of Eden in Vermont. My journey depends on drawing the
images as well as describing them verbally. And in the outer world: from an
adolescent year in Africa where I bartered for masks and fabrics; from many
years living in India where I drank in the colors and adored the tribal art; from
the Mayan weaving in Guatemala, the batiks of Indonesia, and the icons of
Greece and Russia
My first important teacher, though, was my father who gave me a wooden box overflowing with paints and brushes for Christmas when I was ten, and always encouraged my efforts. He had wanted to be a painter as a younger man, but ended up supporting the family by teaching at Dartmouth. If he were here, I would dedicate the show to him. I spent much of my childhood in Hanover playing at Storrs Pond and climbing Balch Hill, where now I have returned to live as an adult. It is with great excitement that I share this work with my community. I hope you, too, might suddenly remember a dream, a fleeting face, or a love long awaited!
Display Cases in March:
Cafe Area Case: Richmond Middle School - poetry and art project.
Teen Area Case: Upper Valley Waldorf School - student art work.
Ledyard Gallery in April: an exhibit of oils by Viju Padmanabhan