Stop by for art, to meet this month’s guest artist, enjoy refreshments, and for an opportunity to give back. In the spirit of the month, we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Northeast Churches Food Pantry.
Help me welcome Maureen O’Keefe as the guest artist for the month of November!
Maureen O’Keefe was born in Sidney Ohio in 1980. She works primarily in acrylic paint on wood panel. Maureen received her BFA in Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. She has held solo exhibitions in Georgia and Ohio; she has had work included in group exhibitions in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In 2013, Maureen’s pastel drawing “Talon” was awarded First Place in the Durham Art Guild’s 53rd Annual Juried Exhibition in Durham, North Carolina. She has also received numerous drawing and painting awards locally. Her works are held in private collections in five states. Maureen is an active member of the Dayton Visual Arts Center and is included in their ArtSource Fellowship program. She is currently employed at the Dayton Art Institute.
The process for Maureen’s current body of work involves a return to the blind contour drawing that is taught in beginning art classes. The artist never lifts the pencil from the surface and never looks at the drawing; only at the subject. Once a line drawing is finished in one sitting she has a template for a finished work.
I make portraits because I need to understand people and our place in the world. For three years I have been working with blind contour drawings as a way to capture the shifting nature of our individual personas. I am concerned with the tension between our perception of ourselves and what we present to the public. The blind contour process also allows me to capture the immediacy of form of my subjects. I find that it is an honest view of the person.
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