Gathering Spirits by Karyn Healey & Susan Trott
A selection of their paintings done on location in the church yard and beyond will be on display at Gage Hall. The Unitarian Churchyard, part of the Gateway Walk, is somewhat off the beaten path. Cool and quiet except for the occasional tourist it is known for its profusion of flowers, vines and trees that meander in and out of beautiful statuary along secret pathways. No wonder artists find it irresistible.
Susan Trott and Karyn Healey are both local artists. Trott attended the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University and Winthrop College. See more of her work at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and the Charleston Artist Collective in Mt. Pleasant. Healey graduated from Iowa State University and her work is also on display at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.
The painting on the right is my mom, Beth Ann, at about the age of four posing for a Christmas card photo from the Philippines in 1941 where her father, Stanley Holmes, had just been stationed. Soon after this photo was taken the Japanese invaded and she and her mother returned to Connecticut and never saw her father again. They lived with family for over three years before they learned his fate at the end of the war. It must have been a life of uncertainty, but she only described it as a time when she was surrounded by love. Many years later after attending college, graduate school, and raising a family, she learned of her father's bravery and strength during those three years. The apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Preparations continue for my solo show, Women's Work, which opens in May and the timing could not be better. Almost daily I come across references of women in leadership roles or women who are trail blazers. Women who are creative and focused. Women who persist. Truly energizing and exactly what I want to celebrate with my show.
I was intrigued to see an article in TIME Magazine entitled "The Female Gaze" which marks women's History Month. "It's never been more critical for us to have a woman's visual perspective," explains Kira Pollack, TIME'S director of photography. I could not agree more! Here's a link to the online story about female photographers.
And photographs of the female gaze will also be part of my show in the form of selfies. Here's a peek.
Karyn Healey is an oil painter in the Lowcountry of South Carolina working on figurative, landscape, and architectural paintings in a variety of styles. Exploring social issues and social realism through collage, acrylic and oil paint, is my current focus.