Artist Kelly Dawson exhibits her colorful and exuberant mixed media work at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington, July 1-31, 2019. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 4-6pm.
Growing up and working in the world of auto racing for several years, Dawson discovered she was attracted to the color, lights, and fanfare of racing more than the sport itself. When the tragedies associated with auto racing became too soul-crushing, she turned to the lyrics of her favorite songs as a resource of inspiration to create her mixed media artwork.
“I am a self-taught artist who always wanted to be a singer/songwriter,” Dawson says. “Unable to sing in key and having absolutely no musical ability, I convey my love of music through my art. I have a room full of vinyl records and CDs, and a phone filled with eclectic playlists. Much in the way music comes in many forms, my art changes from piece to piece but almost all have a sense of playfulness. Miscellaneous scraps are painted in bright colors, then my signature black and white stripes are added, giving most of my pieces a comical, folksy feel. Ultimately, I want to make a music festival for the eyes.”
Currently residing in Findlay, Ohio, Dawson reveals that she “likes to challenge viewers with color variations or symbols. My favorite art inspires others to think. It’s even better when a viewer interprets the picture in a completely different way than originally intended. The best art opens minds to other meanings.”
“Kelly is the first new artist to exhibit in our shop’s larger seating area,” says Christie Bruffy, owner and manager of Highline Coffee Co. “We continue to be committed to showing the diverse work of our talented area artists, and our remodeled space offers a much better venue to do that. Kelly’s expressive work is a welcome addition to the cheerful and light-filled atmosphere we’ve created.”