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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Estrogen and Outliars: MINT's for real, y'all!

click to enlarge FIRE, BURN, and CAULDRON BUBBLE: A collaborative mixed-media work by McKernan, Raflo, and Vidal
  • FIRE, BURN, and CAULDRON BUBBLE: A collaborative mixed-media work by McKernan, Raflo, and Vidal

I've spent the last few days backtracking through my e-mail — recently, it's become a font of broken promises, cancellations, and other conversations generally ending with "OMG, sorry I'm too busy, y'all!" … But no more! Time to pull those forget-mes out of the gutter!

For example, did you know MINT Gallery received its official nonprofit status? … At the end of February!? Sorry I neglected to mention that tidbit.

So if you've never been to MINT, now's a good time to check it out. This Sat., June 13 at 8 p.m. the gallery hosts something of an estro-fest art opening titled Outlines and Outliars, featuring a trio of young lady-artists, Kelly McKernan, Chelsea Raflo and Cristina Vidal. (McKernan you may recall from a brief aside earlier this year.) The venue is located on the back side of the infamous Sam Street Lofts (684 John Wesley Dobbs).

More from the press release:

McKernan, a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University, utilizes several mediums to create layered pieces that are “defined by internal struggle in its many forms through personal growth.” Her work lends itself to deep reflection and her characters appear to be hovering between adolescence and adulthood. Raflo, a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, quotes her influences as Casey Jex Smith, Alex Lucas, Alex McLeod and local artist Whitney Stansell. Her pieces, mainly presented in video form, examine small movements in relation to stagnation and cyclical patterns in thought. She hopes that her work is viewed as “paintings brought to life; a mental destination explored.” Vidal, a Georgia State University graduate, pays particular attention to nature. Animal personalities, living structures and the idea of nature as a refuge all play roles in her surreal landscapes.

And don't forget: MINT's still looking for enthusiastic volunteers/interns to help them grow!

(Photo courtesy MINT Gallery)

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