ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (August 28) – Pittsburgh artist, Kelly Anne Blevins, will be exhibiting her artwork at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery September 2 through September 18. A reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, September 3 from 6pm - 8pm. The exhibit, “Activated by Charcoal: Drawings by Kelly Anne Blevins,” will showcase her talents in the discipline of drawing and her signature cryptic style of art.
“The intention of this exhibit is to project an atmospheric personality that creates an experience of thought and feeling,” said Blevins. “Realism allows me to convey a vulnerability, strength and metamorphosis through a cryptic signature that expresses an ultimate fragility to all life. Charcoal provides the ability to make permanent marks, and with each stroke there is a commitment to the likeness of my subjects.”
Blevins’ favorite drawings include “Ghosts” and "My Frederic Chopin Dream." According to the artist, "Ghosts" is a representation of how physical, emotional and mental abuse can effect someone, leaving a 'ghost' or an imprint in their life from the experience.
"My Frederic Chopin Dream" began from a recollection of her past. “When I was young, I had dreams of becoming a musician,” she said. “My first musical influence was Chopin and, as a result, I taught myself to play the piano. Due to personal circumstances, this dream naturally evolved into making art and “My Frederic Chopin Dream” is a tribute to my mother and my love of music.”
Blevins’ work has been shown in both individual and group displays throughout the U. S. including exhibits in New York, NY; Alief, TX; Idaho Falls, ID; Richmond, VA; Monroe, LA; Woodstock, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Minneapolis, MN and Pittsburgh, PA. The artist’s works have also been shown internationally as well, with previous publications in York, UK and Helsinki, Finland to her credit. Her entire collection can be viewed at www.kblevins.com.
Blevins credits her personal experiences and educational background as major influences on her work. She was born and raised in Tuscon, AZ, graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is now working out of her studio in Pittsburgh, PA.
Blevins is looking forward to the exhibition at OUE. “I wanted to bring a body of work to an academic environment to exhibit not only my drawings, but to show the student body what you can do as an artist,” she said. “I am hoping to share my experience through the show to inspire new talents and the appreciation for the arts.”
The Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Shannon Hall and is open to the public 11am-5pm Monday through Wednesday and 5pm-8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.
This exhibition contains some nudity and may not be suitable for all ages. For more information, please contact the Ohio University Eastern Campus at 740-695-1720.