September through December
Artist and Educator, Karen Murphy
The Gallery-on-the-Boulevard, located in the Kenilworth Public Library, will present: “Afloat”, a series of paintings by artist and educator Karen Murphy. The exhibit will open in September and run through December.
Artist, educator and single mother Karen Murphy explores many media in her art practice, but painting has been a lifelong passion. She has a BA in Art Education, Virginia Wesleyan University and did graduate work, Virginia Commonwealth University. In recent years she has preferred watercolor, using elements of pure abstraction, with colors, shapes, textures and compositions inspired by her love of air and water.
An avid swimmer, Karen finds creative inspiration in the fluid feeling of weightlessness experienced in water, and the dynamic intersection of air, water, and breath. Her art making, like her swimming and parenting all involve seeking out pockets of air and beauty in a space that will swallow those who stop moving. At times there is fluidity, strength, serenity and grace, and at other times the artist submerged and gasping. As much a restorative practice as it is a creative practice, this work represents the act of sheer determination to stay Afloat.
The Gallery-on-the-Boulevard is co-curated by Cintia Malhotra and Barbara Wirkus. To purchase artwork, please contact the artist. For more information, please contact Barbara Wirkus at email@example.com.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.