June 1 2016 01:42 PM

Bobbi Kilty looks to nature for inspiration

WEDNESDAY, June 1 — The Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Old Town headquarters is an administrative office, but it doubles as a rotating art gallery. Each month, the Arts Council features a different artist member in its lobby. June’s artist is local painter Bobbi Kilty.

“The theme is ‘Aesthetic Forms Above and Below the Water,’” Kilty said. “All the media is water based, so you’ll see watercolor and acrylic work. My new paintings include imaginary underwater scenes, above the water views, plein air and abstracts.”

When painting, Kilty is inspired by nature and the beauty the world has to offer.

“I try to express what I see is beautiful in the world, and I hope other people see it when they look at my work,” Kilty said. “(Nature) inspires all of my work, but water is more expressed in this exhibit.”

Since retiring from 36 years of teaching interior design at two universities, including MSU, Kilty has focused on her fine art endeavors. While painting can be frustrating, it also brings purpose to Kilty’s life.

“I find joy and fulfillment in working with new materials and techniques, experimenting and exploring possibilities, carefully selecting which visual elements to include and which to leave out,” she said. “A strong connection with nature is evident, and I strive to communicate its beauty through depth and richness of color.”

The opening reception for the exhibit is tomorrow at the Arts Council’s office. Kilty will be on hand to discuss her work, and light refreshments will be provided.

Kilty hopes that presenting the beauty of nature will help viewers forget, at least for a moment, all the terrible things going on in the world.

When you see my work, I hope you will connect with it in some personal way,” Kilty said.



“Aesthetic Forms Above and Below the Water”

5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FREE

Arts Council of Greater Lansing

1208 Turner St., Lansing

(517) 372-4636, lansingarts.org

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