Barbara Kelley - Printmaking and Painting
Barbara Kelley is an award-winning artist who creates original prints and paintings at the Moon Catcher Studio, located in scenic Sea Ranch, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. Her works echo both Eastern and Western cultures and her prints have been described as exuding "the simplicity reminiscent of Chinese and Japanese art," frequently evoking a meditative sense of inner calm.
Her paintings reflect the modern abstraction of Hans Hofmann, the color fields of Wolf Kahn, and the qualities of American Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism.
After completing a baccalaureate degree she continued art studies at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Rocky Vine Press in Santa Rosa, Brinker Ink in Napa, California, and three more years of college art courses.
A gallery exhibit in the 1980s was the basis for continuing exhibitions and the evolution of her painting and printmaking. Barbara was also an early member of The Studio Print Shop, founded for experienced printmakers, which is part of an organization that has offered space to artists for over 20 years.
The Moon Catcher Studio includes several easels, work and display tables, print bins, flat files, a full-sized etching press, a table-top Italian press, and a well-lit gallery for visitors. When Barbara cranks the star-wheel of her 1380-pound etching press to create an original print, the feeling of the mechanical movements are reminiscent of a thousand year old device designed to make permanent impressions on paper, cloth and clay, to express language, both written and composed with imagery. It is down to earth, organic, and ancient.
Her work is exhibited in galleries, museums, and corporations. It has also been exhibited through the National Arts Program and received numerous jurors awards, including 'Best in Show.'
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