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Art First presents “Visible Touch” by Chris O’Kelley
July 4, 2017 - July 30, 2017
Opening Reception: First Friday, July 7, 6 pm – 9 pm
Exhibit on View: July 4 – July 30
Sunday – Wednesday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm
With energetic brushwork and thick oil paint, artist Chris O’Kelley shares imagined worlds. Primary colors seem to explode in this series of new canvases. Through abstraction, he encourages the viewer to create a personal narrative among and within the paintings.
Native to Fredericksburg, O’Kelley has been a visible member of its art scene since receiving a degree in Art History from Mary Washington University in 2012. His intensive study of master painters, especially the Impressionists, can be seen in his ever-growing body of work. Halfway through painting this show, he was struck by how a founding Art First Gallery member, Johnny P. Johnson, has been a positive influence. Johnson is known for his use of a limited, primary color palette to depict imaginary landscapes and for his long term impact on arts education in the local area.
At 32, O’Kelley is the youngest and one of the most active members of Art First. He was juried into the gallery in 2015, and has been elected to its board for the past two years. Since 2005, O’Kelley has also worked at an holistic, complementary health center in Fredericksburg.
In this show, an interest in the effects of meditation, yoga and music translates to a rhythmic and intuitive application of paint. For additional details, please visit www.artfirstgallery.com or call 540-371-7107.
Art First Gallery located in the heart of Old Town Fredericksburg was founded in 1992. It is Fredericksburg’s first established artists’ cooperative. Please join us for our Art Openings on the First Friday of each month from 6 pm. to 9 pm.