Artists Live Presents Oi Fortin

June 23, 2017 / Mary Kachur

Artists Live is a visual arts program, which features award-winning Connecticut artists in month-long exhibitions starting the first Friday of each month from March through December except for August throughout 2017. It will take place at 23 Royce Circle in downtown Storrs, Connecticut. Each participating Artist, will be “live” the final Friday of their month of exhibition for an artist discussion with Kathleen Zimmerman at 5 pm followed by a reception at 6 pm, which is open and free to the public. Kathleen partnered with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and were jointly awarded the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Arts Regional Arts Grant to create this program.

        Oi Fortin will be the fifth of the series of ten artists. Her work will be on exhibit June 1st through the 30th concluding with an artist conversation on June 30th at 5 pm. Oi Fortin’s work is emotionally charged, allegorical, and vibrant. Her contemporary abstract expressionist prints are notable for a vivid palette and spritely motifs along with their ability to invoke a calm and meditative state summoning the mystical. While Oi’s compositions are influenced by nature, relationships and her interior life they become playful and mysterious reflections not realistic portrayals. In this exhibition self-titled “Momentum”, Oi reflects on the flow that occurs during the printmaking process. One print begets the idea of another and the work is no longer cognitive but organic, an inspired dance that continues, seemingly under its own power, until the afternoon light dims in her studio.

For more information about the artists and their work visit their websites at:
www.kathleen-zimmerman-artist.com
www.facebook.com/Oi-Fortin-417638685041359/

Sponsored by: Connecticut Office of the Arts and WindhamArts

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