Opening Reception Friday, April 10th 6-9pm
Petersburg Area Art League Features “Struggle Kingdom” Oil Paintings
Members’ Gallery Features Mixed Media Works of Youth Jarred Barr
Petersburg, VA (March 31, 2015) – Opening on Friday, April 10 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature “Struggle Kingdom,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Kevin Orlosky, a Richmond-based artist. In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, 14-year old Jarred Barr will exhibit his mixed media on paper show, “Paperwork.”
“Struggle Kingdom” includes about 15 pieces of oil on wood, all focused on romanticized animal narratives. With high contrast and dream-like rendering, Kevin transports the viewer into a world of beauty and strife.
Kevin Orlosky is a lifelong artist and says there was always a project or creative story simmering in the back of his mind. “I was inspired early on by the Surrealist Movement and specifically the works of Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya,” Kevin said. However, he may not have followed his artistic career had it not been for a severe accident when he was 17. After some time in intensive care, he never regained hearing in one ear and suffered from crippling vertigo. The artwork Kevin created during his recovery period was awarded First Place in the Artistic Discovery competition and was exhibited in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Deciding to fully focus on his artistic exploration, Kevin graduated with Honors from the Painting and Printmaking Department at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Inspired by his own experiences with the therapeutic and empowering aspects of art creation, he became committed to increasing access to the arts for all people. Kevin exhibits his art nationally and internationally, and is included in many private collections. He lives in Richmond with his family.
The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit “Paperwork,” a show by 14 year-old Jarred Barr. In his first gallery show, Jarred displays his colorful mixed media drawings on paper that showcase characters inspired by small details in real life experiences that are embellished by his elaborate imagination. In one piece, Jarred's “Rat In The Hat” character – created while on a trip to NYC – visits the world of Alice in Wonderland. Other characters are brought to life through the lyrics of songs, quotes and even people he's crossed paths with in Walmart.
Jarred Barr is a 14 year-old whose art interests began at an early age. As a home-educated student, he has taken art classes and summer camp classes at PAAL, but he's also been able to learn by working alongside local artists who have encouraged his growth and interests. He enjoys lettering, pen and ink drawing, painting and collaborating with other artists.