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Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
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AVON Local artist K.K. Cherry, a local artist, says she was born with mountains in the marrow of her bones and believes strongly in the inherent language of the landscape. It is there for us all, but far too seldom do we really listen, Cherry said. Her one-woman art show, The Meaning of Mountains, features mixed-media paintings which reflect her personal reverence for nature. Her exhibit opens at the Vail Library Community Room today and runs through Nov. 14. It includes over 80 pieces in variety of sizes, shapes and themes that Cherry created from what she calls indelible impressions expressed onto canvas.K.K. Cherrys goal for the exhibit is to draw attention to the mission of Gore Range Natural Science School. I believe completely in the vision Kim Langmaid had for founding an organization that seeks to educate us as to role and the importance of our fragile mountain environment, Cherry said. She will donate 15 percent of the proceeds of her artwork to the Science School. I have been passionate about doing this for a long time. My studio is overflowing with work created from wisdom and lessons gathered from the mountains, she said. Long affiliated with the arts, Cherry didnt begin taking her painting career seriously until her first grandson was born. I converted one small room into an art studio and suddenly light, lines, textures and inspirations I have internalized from times steeped in nature and mountains began flowing out onto whatever material I could find, Cherry said. It was as if much of what had been marinating and percolating suddenly spewed forth in a burning desire to make itself visible. What does Cherry see as her collective meaning of mountains? According to Cherry, I invite the viewer to journey through layers of meaning, knowing my work has more of a bend towards the ambiguous and abstract. Ultimately, her goal is to translate what she has seen, been captivated by and sought to comprehend through her art. Along the way, she hopes to also inspire support for an educational vision that is near to her heart and home in the mountains. K.K. Cherrys The Meaning of Mountains appears Nov. 3 15 at the Vail Library Community Room. The show is free to the public. Information on the purchase of Cherrys artwork will be available at the exhibit or through the Science Schools website, http://www.gorerange.org.

Name: K.K. CherryMedium: Mixed mediaHow long have you lived in the valley: Since 1966Vail Daily: What does art mean to you?K.K. Cherry: I believe it is through the sharing of our creative efforts that we meet on the most common human ground. VD: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?KC: When I won the Pi Beta Phi National Philanthropic Scholarship to attend Arrowmount Art School for a summer.VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?KC: Nature, mountains, beauty thus my motive for contribution to the Gore Range Natural Science school. Mood? Merely a moment of appreciation with a passionate desire to express my innate sense of wonder.VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?KC: Picasso … since it was not until he was 40 (that) he realized the vital importance of getting in touch with the child within. VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art?KC: The piece above my fireplace, created by my gifted daughter when she was getting her degree at Tufts and Boston Museum School. I extrapolated its soft, subtle colors to create the ambiance within my entire home.VD: Do you have a favorite piece of art youve made? Tell me about it.KC: Love Medicine. It pays tribute to the physician friend I came close to marrying, who recently passed away. It speaks of birth, love, death and the daily cycle of resurrections. After burning the faded cover from Louise Erdrichs book, Love Medicine, I incorporated its ashes into the art piece.


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