Loel Barr “Past Lives” at The Storefront Gallery: Opening Reception Saturday, September 6, 5-8pm

Loel Barr -  Past Lives

Loel Barr – Past Lives

Loel Barr
Past Lives

September 6 – September 27

Opening reception:
Saturday, September 6, 5-8pm

For the month of September, The Storefront Gallery at 93 Broadway in the historic waterfront section of Kingston will feature the drawings of Loel Barr in show titled “Past Lives”.

The pencil drawings in this show are part of a ongoing series that was inspired by a photo that the artist took of a rack of clothes in a thrift store. There seemed to be a conversation among items brought together by chance, each with its own story. Each work shirt and ball gown, each crease and stain has its tale that had to be explored. Her drawings tell stories; they probe the imprint of time, point to the beauty of the overlooked ordinary, explore the unconscious and the subtleties of perception. As she say of this particular body of work: “My drawings reveal and conceal, leaving room for a mind to wander and wonder. The clothing itself has an exquisite beauty with its wrinkles, textures, patterns, and its traces of humanity – a beauty we don’t often pause to consider as we grab through the racks hoping for a bargain.”

Loel Barr is a Kansas native, daughter of a physics professor and an at-home mom, who traveled extensively and lived in New Zealand before spending most of her adult life in the Washington DC area, where she raised two children, Jessica and Alexander. Ten years ago she moved to the Hudson Valley, where she discovered she is a descendent of Henry Hudson himself. She lives in Saugerties.

Barr received her MFA from Wichita State University and established a successful career as an award-winning freelance illustrator, working for national clients including The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Time Life Books, and numerous publishers and agencies. She continues to work as an illustrator but her focus is now on her own explorations in mixed media, drawing, and various other materials.

The show can be viewed 24/7 through the storefront windows. Official gallery hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 5:30pm or by appointment.

For more information call 845-338-8473 or visit http://www.TheStorefrontGallery.com.

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