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“A Happier Place” by Julie Bovee

April 1 - April 29

KALEID Gallery is proud to present:

“A Happier Place” new works by resident artist Julie Bovee.

Opening reception: First Friday, April 1st 5pm–9pm.
Part of the South First Fridays ArtWalk SJ.

As a youth, I loved the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” by Bobby McFerrin. I played that music video again while writing this synopsis, and it’s impossible to watch that video, with Robin Williams dancing around being a complete dork, and not smile and forget all about my worries. When I sit in my art studio surrounded by all of my colorful flower fields, a similar feeling envelops me.

2021 was a difficult year for me, and for all of us. That rotten pandemic affected everyone, except maybe those rare few living in isolation atop a remote mountain. We’re now seeing a possible light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Mask mandates are gone. Is it for real or will a new variant plague us a few months from now?

Maybe, just for now, we can look at pretty things and forget about the pandemic, and find ourselves in “A Happier Place.” I’m thrilled to share these paintings with you, and hope that you’ll enjoy their cheerful vibe.

About the Artist:
Julie captures the diverse, untamed quality of our natural world in vibrant acrylic paint. She loves sharing the contrasting experiences of viewing her art from a distance versus close-up. From afar, her paintings appear as enticing impressionist-style flower meadows or other scenes. Upon closer inspection, texture, depth, and intriguing details peek through the many layers, prompting further scrutiny and challenging the imagination to fill in what’s being represented.

Exhibition dates: April 1–29, 2022

Gallery hours: Thursdays–*Fridays 12pm–7pm, Saturdays 12pm–5pm & *First Fridays 5pm–9pm.
Free admission.

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