With a lavish reception featuring sparkling wine, fruit, cheese, crackers and canopies, a crowd gathered to enjoy the works of the two artists. Though oil was the predominant medium, pen-and-ink, graphite, photography and wooden carvings were also displayed in the exhibit.
Tom Kelly, of Aurora, delves into realistic drawings of figures primarily, using soft colors and occasionally, a wry sense of humor. One painting, a self-portrait, sees a fish on top of his head. Asked if there was any symbolism there, he said, “It could be symbolism,” and after a pause to allow speculation, added, “It could be for intuition.”
He pointed out a wood carving of a face and continued to describe his work and creative process. “This piece is interactive. I made the eyebrows movable. Here the face has one expression, and just by changing the position of the eyebrows, it completely changes the piece. I planned to glue them down, but in the process of creating, I saw a chance to change it a bit. In the process of doing, I arrive at the final product.”
His niece Allie Kelly is a bit more abstract than her uncle, though still shows something of a preference for softer colors. Though of different styles, Allie Kelly believes that the exhibit with her uncle blends well together.
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