Art association opening ‘REFRESH’ exhibit Friday
The Fairfield Art Association announces the new exhibit “REFRESH: 25 Years of Painting 1988-2013” by Ottumwa artist Kay Carpenter Doyle.
Sixty pieces, mostly from her personal collection, will be on display in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. A reception for the artist is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will remain on display through August and is open to the public during business hours and special events in the facility.
Doyle’s art is influenced by theater, film, music, the written and spoken word, nature, life, travel, mystery, whimsical life-sustaining baroque humor and curiosity. The exhibited paintings are her favorites.
She sometimes work in series, rendering an observed or imaginary subject in a new style or medium, thereby creating her own world.
“I coax viewers to ‘REFRESH’ their imaginations as I change something ordinary into something magical,” said Doyle. “My paintings also ‘REFRESH’ the experience of Canada, the Caribbean, France and home. I often paint on the kitchen table or en plein aire in dubious tropical conditions. There are samples from my diverse series expressing the many, varied and unusual approaches to a subject, real or imaginary.”
In 1989, Doyle began investigating interference pigments in a search for luminosity.
“I discovered the way one could alternate between a traditional acrylic color and interference acrylic color with changing light, revealing a soft, rich radiance,” said Doyle. “The figures and shapes seem to dance on the picture plane. This resulted in ‘Opera Interference’ 1-8, using stainless steel coarse and micaceous iron oxide. I also use gold and silver and more frequently, copper coarse and copper fine acrylic paint, as noted in the “Just Look Up” series, “Sweet Dreams, Baby,” “Bowtie,” “Night” and others. I recently ‘REFRESHed’ my kitchen walls with a rich copper coarse paint!”
Also exhibited are samples from a large watercolor series, “Roses for Eloise,” named for her mother, whose
garden she fondly remembers.
“My aim was to get a sense of the rose and give visual voice to its delicate splendor,” said Doyle.
Doyle studied art abroad, and regionally with artists Richard Dutton, Wendel Mohr, John Preston and Victoria Grube, among many others. She has taught in the Ottumwa school system and served on art councils/art boards in Grinnell and Ottumwa. In 1979, she received the Governor’s Award for Bringing the Arts to the People of the State of Iowa. Doyle’s art has received numerous awards at area festivals, recognition by Iowa Watercolor Society and the Iowa Artists organization, and included in juried shows at the Des Moines Art Center, Two Rivers Art Expo and Iowa State Fair.
Doyle is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book, with humor adults can enjoy.