Relaxing in Hawaii by Joan Kelly.
Fine works in acrylic by Joan S. Kelly will be the featured exhibit titled “Light and Color,“ on display from Nov. 7- Dec. 7 at Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS), 11400 Washington Plaza, Reston, on the waterfront of Lake Anne Plaza. All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 9 to meet the artist from 2-4 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed on weekends during gallery hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Artist Joan S. Kelly has surrounded herself with strong bright colors all her life, and her paintings are described as “vibrating” with intense color and exaggerated forms. She enjoys working from the model and outdoors, creating dynamic compositions of the human figure and landscapes. Her paintings have received numerous awards and are in many collections in the U.S.A. and abroad. “Working with acrylics enables me to work quickly and spontaneously, expressing the joy I feel when I paint,” Kelly said. “I never see blacks or grays. My personal world is shimmering with color.” A native of Atlanta, Ga., Kelly taught art in elementary school and later became a consultant for the Greater Reston Arts Center where she developed an art enrichment program for schools in Fairfax County. She has her M.A. in art history and painting from Stanford University.