“Study of Acer and Gleditsia #3” showcases one of Janice Kindred’s “eco-prints” of subtle yellows, the filigree pattern of leaf veins, the ghost like interweaving of stems, and the delicacy of small flowers. Utilizing these shapes, Kindred creates abstract patterns whose quiet color color delights the eye.
During the month of June, In-Town Gallery is featuring “Patterns by Nature,” a showing of “eco-prints” by artist Janice Kindred.
Using flowers and plants chosen and gathered locally, she has developed a multistep process to transfer their shapes and colors to watercolor paper. She then further enhances patterns in a variety of ways to produce stunning and original works of art.
Kindred’s unique creations are on display through the month of June with a reception June 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
It was almost inevitable that Janice Kindred would begin using plants to make art. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, her father was an artist. She has painted and drawn since she was a child. However, as much as she loved art, Kindred also loved plants and growing things. She completed a program at the Holden Arboretum and became a licensed grower certified by the Ohio Landscape Association, leading her to a career in horticulture. However, upon moving to the Chattanooga area in 2011, she turned seriously to art, taking drawing at the Townsend Atelier and classes at Art Creations. She was particularly influenced by noted Chattanooga artist, Sandra Paynter Washburn, and her classes in mixed media.
Though Kindred has exhibited her paintings and mixed-media work at In-Town Gallery in the past, this show takes a different approach. In “Patterns by Nature,” Kindred is combining her knowledge of plants and the aesthetics of a working artist to create what she calls “eco-prints.” These prints begin as she gathers plants such as Dogwood leaves, clover, seed pods from Maple trees, wildflowers, and the leaves of the Honey Locust tree, to mention but a few. These natural materials are then carefully arranged in preplanned compositions on watercolor paper and placed in a special hot water bath.
“And at that point,” says Kindred, “the process takes over. I’m continually surprised at what results. Often colors I’d planned on do indeed appear on the paper, but sometimes colors or shapes emerge I never would have imagined!” Once the plants have stained the paper she allows it to dry before beginning a thoughtful enhancement of the image. Using a number of items — embroidery thread, beading, acrylic paints, inks, and even cutting away negative spaces — Kindred molds and changes the patterns nature has given her..
In-Town Gallery is an artist co-op gallery that is open seven days a week and offers a wide range of art and fine craft from 30 artists, including paintings in many media, hand-painted silk scarves and clothing, sculpture, pottery, and handcrafted wood items.
Also featured are works in stained glass and exquisite handmade jewelry, and a special section dedicated to fine art photography.
In-Town Gallery is located on the North Shore at 26A Frazier Ave. (423-267-9214) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Visit us at www.intowngallery.com.
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