Browse this page for recent exhibits. The full listing is on my resume: O’Brien CV 2017

" Choice of Words" and "Magic Square of Words" by Kathleen O'Brien

“Choice of Words” and “Magic Square of Words”

by Kathleen O’Brien

Illustrated Word

 September – October 2018

reception October 21, 2 – 4

 Woodford County Public Library
115 N. Main St. Versailles

This Kentucky Arts Council sponsored show will travel to 12 libraries around Kentucky from February 2017 – December 2018. Click here  to view the slideshow of the work of 29 artists who incorporate text as a design element and to see the calendar of locations.

"Elder Harvest", painting collage, Kathleen O'Brien

Feeling Blue

May 18 – July 8, 2018

Gallery Hop Reception

May 18, 5 – 8 pm

Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

Community Gallery

141 East Main Street,

Lexington, KY 40507

Curated by Becky Neal Ochenkoski (tribeca trunk)

This show speaks to the other side of BLUE.

The Blue that makes you feel fabulous, gives you energy and calmness; all at the same time.

This show is all about the beauty that Blue gives to each of us everyday!

"Elder Harvest", painting collage, Kathleen O'Brien

Orange Bellied Parrot and Rainbow Parrot details of panels, 20x16″ each by ©Kathleen O’Brien

Put a Bird on It

May 25 – June 30, 2018

reception June 1, 5:30 – 7 pm

Berea Arts Council

139 North Broadway Suite B, Berea, KY 40403

Charged Space 2 by Kathleen O'Brien, 10x8"

New Year, New Art

 1.2 – 2.24, 2018

 

reception,

Friday, 1.19, 5 – 8 PM

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

 

Charged Space 2 by Kathleen O'Brien, 10x8"

Holiday Market

 11.17 – 12.23, 2017

 

reception,

Friday, 11.17, 5:30 – 7 PM

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

 

"Elder Harvest", painting collage, Kathleen O'Brien

“Messages, page 6″, altered book by Kathleen O’Brien, 9x7”

The Book Transformed

October 6 – November 11, 2017

Berea Arts Council

139 North Broadway Suite B, Berea, KY 40403

St. Joseph Berea Hospital

November 15 – January 3, 2018

 

 

 

"225" Show Card
"Abraham Lincolns Kentucky" collage by Kathleen O'Brien for "225" exhibit, KY Artisan Center

225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History

 March 25 – Sept. 30, 2017

Kentucky Artisan Center

at Berea

200 Artisan Way

Berea KY

Kentucky Living article

The preservation of Kentucky stories, places and traditions has shaped its culture today. This exhibit includes over 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists who have recorded and celebrated numerous facets of Kentucky’s rich 225-year history. These works capture the essence of Kentucky – including its places, people, events, commerce, agriculture and the state’s unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist’s words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally.

 

"Elder Harvest", painting collage, Kathleen O'Brien

Summer Study, watercolor, drawing, collage 9x12″, by Kathleen O’Brien

Kentucky Painters Invitational

July 5 – August 16, 2017

St. Joseph Berea Hospital

June 2 – July 1, 2017

Berea Arts Council

139 North Broadway Suite B, Berea, KY 40403

 

 

 

Gridworks card
"Shapes 1, 2 and 3" collages by Kathleen O'Brien for "Gridworks Revisited" at New Editions Gallery

GRIDWORKS REVISITED!

3.17-5.12, 2017

Opening for Gallery Hop, March 17th, 5-8pm

New Editions Gallery

 500 W. Short Street

Lexington KY

We’ve done this show before but not like this! Imagine 60 plus artists, over 120 paintings, any subject matter, all 12×12 and you have GRIDWORKS REVISITED!  Join us for this fun show featuring some of Kentucky’s finest.

 

Charged Space 1, 2, 3 and 4

Kentucky Visions at the Capitol

 2.1 – 3.31, 2017

Kentucky Arts Council

Capitol Annex
702 Capitol Avenue

Frankfort, KY

Click the KAC link to view the video of the work of 24 Kentucky artists on display.

Click here to read the Advocate Messenger article.

 

"Let Us Do Our Best Even If It Gets Us Nowhere", watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O'Brien, 22x30"

“Let Us Do Our Best Even If It Gets Us Nowhere”, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien, 22x30″ at Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center”

Horizon: Contemporary Landscape will be on view during Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR, as Community Arts Center is #6 on the map of participants!

Click here to read the article in Advocate Messenger

HORIZON – Contemporary Landscape 2016

exhibit designed to test the limits of what we think of when we hear the word “landscape,” blurring the lines between the traditional and experimental

 9.1 – 11.11, 2016

opening reception 9.9

from 5:30 – 7 pm

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

Juror, Isaac Powell, Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, chose 40 works out of over 230 submitted works from 21 states and Canada.

 

Shining Garden, mixed media collage, 30x22", Kathleen O'Brien

Firmly Rooted

addressing our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with plants

7.12 – 8.20, 2016

reception,

July 15, 5 to 8 pm

MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY 40508

Artists from 28 states submitted over 285 artworks of botanical interpretations in a variety of mediums. This year’s juror Stuart Horodner, Director of the University of Kentucky Art Museum, selected 30 artworks to be in the exhibit.  In making his selections he “tried for some diversity of approach and simply responded to things that had a solid skillful or conceptual approach, favoring things that went a bit further than simplest of ideas.”

Click here to see the Gallery of Accepted Work.

 

Rivers and Roots, watercolor, drawing, ink, collage by Kathleen O'Brien, with poem by Stanley D. Brunn

Drawn to the Earth

In honor of the Earth and to celebrate Earth Month, recent visionary maps & contemporary landscapes & the Geopoetry Stanley D. Brunn, Ph.D.

3.29 – April, 2016

reception,

April 8, 5 to 7 pm

MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY 40508

Advocate Messenger feature by Bobbie Curd

Events during the month:

April 16, Stanley D. Brunn, Ph.D., geographer and geopoet, discusses his upcoming book, The Changing World Language Map.

April 23,  An afternoon tea and a special viewing, followed by a discussion of Art and Poetry as the intersection of science, art, and spirituality.

At the gallery, please add your thoughts to the community journal, We Are All Geographers. In the journal, share your words & pictures on the topic of “Where on Earth are YOU?”

February 8,2006, postcard front from "Each Day in the Year of the Fire Dog", 365 postcards front and back by Kathleen O'Brien that will be on public display for the first time..

“February 8, 2006”,  postcard front from “Each Day in the Year of the Fire Dog”, 365 postcards front and back by Kathleen O’Brien that will be on public display for the first time. “Pollinator 1″ and” Pollinator 2″ will also be displayed.

Juxtapose

 2.8 – 4.2, 2016

 

reception,

Friday, 2.12, 5:30 – 7 PM

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

At first i thought ...

New Year, New Art

 1.4 – 1.30, 2016

 

reception,

Friday, 1.8, 5:30 – 7 PM

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

 

Let us do our best, evenif it gets us nowhere, watercolor collage by Kathleen O'Brien, 22x30"

Let us do our best even if it gets us nowhere, watercolor, drawing, collage by Kathleen O’Brien, 28x36″

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Drawn to Kentucky: Works on Paper

 11.20 – 12.30, 2015

gallery hop 11.20

from 5 – 8 pm

 Arts Place Gallery

161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Monday – Friday: 10 – 5 pm. Saturday: 12 – 5 pm

Over 40 pieces by well-know Kentucky artists demonstrate a wide range of paer-based media: drawings, Prints, photographs, watercolors, collage and artist’s books. From intimate to monumental in scale, these works also reveal a variety of subject matter and approaches.

Curve of the Earth, Birth of Thunder, watercolor collage by Kathleen O'Brien, 22x30"

Horizon: Contemporary Landscape, Community Arts Center post card with Curve of the Earth, Birth of Thunder, watercolor collage image by Kathleen O’Brien, 22x30″

Horizon: Contemporary Landscape will be on view during Annual Open Studios ARTTOUR

HORIZON – Contemporary Landscape 2015

exhibit designed to test the limits of what we think of when we hear the word “landscape,” blurring the lines between the traditional and experimental

 10.1 – 11.15, 2015

opening reception 10.8

from 6 – 8 pm

 Community Art Center

401 W. Main St. Danville, KY 40422

See the artwork in the show.

 

KAC Breeders Cup Festival

21 artists have work on display for this four day event.

It is an honor to be one of the invited artists, showing thirteen framed artworks, Giclee prints and cards.

Kentucky Crafted @ the Breeders’ Cup Festival

The Livery, 238 E. Main Street, Lexington, KY

October 28 – 31, 2015

White Horse 1 and White Horse 2 by Kathleen O'Brien

Beyond the Horse

Bluegrass artists redefine the horse in a contemporary way

that moves beyond literal representation.

tribeca trunk

116 Old Lafayette Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502

October 14 reception

 

"Elder Harvest", painting collage, Kathleen O'Brien

Elderberry Harvest, painting collage  by Kathleen O’Brien

Elderberry & paper bead necklace, Kathleen O'Brien

 Elderberry Necklace by Kathleen O’Brien

Fertile Ground

celebrates women’s roles at the forefront of community local food culture

10.2 – 11.7, 2015

reception 10.2 from 5 – 8 pm

Berea Arts Council

139 North Broadway Suite B, Berea, KY 40403

I will be a part of the artist talk for the Fertile Ground Preview exhibit on September 27, from 2 – 3 pm at the Madison County Public Library, Berea.

 

 

Talisman for Children, Mixed Media collage Kathleen O'Brien

Talisman for Children by Kathleen O’Brien

notBIG(3)

third bi-annual small arts competition

 8.11 – 9.11, 2015

 MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY 40508

From 380  international artworks juror Nathan Zamarron,  chose 45 to be exhibited.  Talisman for Children, pictured to the right.

To see the 45 artworks in the show click here .

Here are a few reception photos by Melissa Hall.

Talisman for Western Bluebird, collage detail & Talisman for Oceans, necklace for Postcard

Talismans

Bead Jewelry and Artifacts as Power Objects

 3.15 – 4.18, 2015

 MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY 40508

Click here to watch a two minute video.

Statement Talismans Exhibit

"Sun Worship" drawing Kathleen O'Brien

On a Wing

9.15 – 10. 31, 2014

Rich Gallery

Woodford County Library

115 North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383

A visual experience of Sunwise Farm & Sanctuary – drawings & collages inspired by feathered & winged friends, the plants they pollinate & feather objects as still-life talismans.

Pollinators 1, Kathleen O'Brien in More&more exhibit

More&more

7.1 – 31, 2014

M S Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY 40508

38 artworks selected by juror Jenine Culligan of Huntington Museum of Art

I am pleased that “Pollinators 1″ was awarded Honorable Mention Award in this show .

Birds of a Feather collaboration

Birds of a Feather

Works on paper and found object sculptures

with guest artist, Lesley Patterson-Marx

5.2 – 31, 2014

MS Rezny Studio/Gallery

903 Manchester Street

Lexington KY 40508

Birds of a Feather,  is a collaboration of Lesley’s silkscreen with Kathleen’s drawing and collage.

Song for Rainbow Parrot, mixed media collage on panel, Kathleen O'Brien

Uncommon Wealth Exhibit

The exhibit was part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship. As a 2012 Fellowship recipient, my Song for Rainbow Parrot was chosen to be in Uncommon Wealth by the juror, Jenine Culligan, Senior Curator, Huntington Museum of Art. The exhibit  toured the state for six months beginning at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington,Kentucky, in January 2014.

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