First Friday at Artworks Around Town presents a duo of joyous painters from Ohio. Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey and Judy Anderson bring fun, color, design and bright light to the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market Street in Historic Wheeling’s Centre Market. The opening reception will run from 5 to 8 PM this Friday, September 6th. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served. The gallery show artists will be present as will many of the Artworks artists.
Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey has turned whimsy into gold. Her watercolor or casein paintings are filled with joy, love and humor. “Plaid Cow Disease” was chosen for the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition. “Cow Out” won first place in the mixed media division of the Foothills Art Festival. Kit is a painter who gifts you, the viewer with a moment of happiness from viewing her artwork. Even her titles elicit a smile before the painting is fully comprehended.
This well educated and trained artist calls herself a “what if” painter not a “what is” painter. She tells whimsical stories using her watercolors, casein or acrylics on Arches paper or gallery wrapped canvases. Trained as a teacher at Miami University, she has combined her teaching career with her family’s frequent moves as an opportunity to further her training in her art. Kit attended classes at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Ohio University through the years. Then she began to study with some of the most prominent art teachers and art workshop leaders in Ohio.
Judy Anderson’s paintings are bright, beautiful, and full of exuberance. This artist started her artistic life at the age of seven and continued over the years to pursue her artistic career through all the vicissitudes of life. When her children were small, she drew with pen and ink. When her husband was ill, she painted for four or five hours after her care giving duties were finished for the day. She never gave up her art, always adapted her work to her situation in life.
Judy sees herself as an “expressionist”. Her work is self-described as “mindscapes”. She uses her surroundings as inspiration only. The surroundings are a resource for her work, not a religion to be followed strictly. There is no angst in her work. Judy states, “Paintings are like children, some are easier to raise than others. All artwork requires orchestration, discipline, and love to turn out well.”
Her illustration career has given her an insight into what is most appealing to the general public and what can elicit a positive reaction from most people. Working in acrylic on canvas, or gouache (opaque watercolors) on paper her goal is to create works of art that evoke a warm lasting response from the viewer.
To make this “First Friday’s” viewing experience even better, the North Gallery will be filled with plein air paintings from this year’s “Paint Historic Wheeling” and also the past seven “Paint Oglebay” events. The Artworks artists will be showing the best of their plein air work. The term, plein air means to paint outside in the open air. This form of painting is difficult to accomplish. Only the bravest painters take on plein air painting. The results can be both unusual and stunning.
Be assured that this show will bring a smile to the face and joy to the heart. Viewers will have warm happy feelings after seeing this show. Again, the monthly gallery hop shows at Artworks are free and open to the public. Indulge yourself in an “art bubble of happiness” on Friday night, Sept. 6th at Artwork Around Town.