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September Art Exhibit: Kay Cassill
September 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017
“Birds of a Feather”
Paintings by Kay Cassill
Opening Reception Thursday, September 7, 4-6 pm
“‘Birds of a Feather’ is a series started when I found I was drawing the gulls and various birds that appeared at the beaches and piers while I was attempting some plein air sketches. They wouldn’t stay out of my mind and they led me to notice how people and even inanimate objects gathered around an idea or an activity. Therefore this series stretches beyond birds and beaches. I keep wondering where it will lead next,” says Cassill. Artist and writer Kay Cassill studied in New York, Paris and Iowa over her long career. A consistent prize winner, her works are in the permanent collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Waterloo Municipal Art Museum (IA), Springfield Museum of Art (MO), Mott Women and Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan (MI) as well as corporate and private collections around the country. She is a member of PAAM and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, among other professional art organizations. She is a Signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Cassill winters in Michigan but has had a home and studio in Truro for many years. According to one critic “Cassill draws with a bold and probing assurance. Her conceptions have a certain dreamy savagery that goes quite beyond any daydream prettiness.”
Artist Statement: “My inspiration often comes from those around me as well as from mythology. I am strongly influenced by the works of Picasso, Rembrandt, and Lasansky. I love haunting old photographs with mysterious histories. Most of all I love a mystery. I am not interested in a photographic rendering. Rather, I want to make viewers wonder and respond emotionally, even if only subconsciously. When I paint I am letting my Mind’s Eye lead me to something meaningful and new. The variety of my work attests to that.”