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Exhibition Schedule

2017 Exhibitions

July

Featuring Chris O'Kelly
All Members Exhibition

July 5 - 31

Opening Reception
First Friday, July 7

August

Featuring James Lyman
All Members Exhibition

August 2 - August 28

Opening Reception
First Friday, August 4

September

Featuring Ina Moss
All Members Exhibition

August 30 - October 2

Opening Reception
First Friday, September 1

October

Featuring Adam DeSio
All Members Exhibition

October 3 - October 30

Opening Reception
First Friday, October 5

November

Featuring Casey Shaw
All Members Exhibition

November 1- November27

Opening Reception
First Friday, November 3

 

2018 Exhibitions

January

All Members Exhibition

January 2 - 29

Opening Reception
First Friday, January 5

February

All Members Exhibition

January 30 - February 26

Opening Reception
First Friday, February 2

March

Featuring TBD
All Members Exhibition

February 27 - April 2

Opening Reception
First Friday, March 2

April

Featuring Tammy Hedge
All Members Exhibition

April 3 - 30

Opening Reception
First Friday, April 6

 

 

July 2017
"Visible Touch"
All New Work by Chris O'Kelley

Opening Reception • Friday, July 7, 6-9 pm.
Show Runs Through July 31, 2017

 



With energetic brushwork and thick oil paint, artist Chris O’Kelley shares imagined worlds. Primary colors seem to explode in this series of new canvases. Through abstraction, he encourages the viewer to create a personal narrative among and within the paintings.

Native to Fredericksburg, O’Kelley has been a visible member of its art scene since receiving a degree in Art History from Mary Washington University in 2012. His intensive study of master painters, especially the Impressionists, can be seen in his ever-growing body of work. Halfway through painting this show, he was struck by how a founding Art First Gallery member, Johnny P. Johnson, has been a positive influence. Johnson is known for his use of a limited, primary color palette to depict imaginary landscapes and for his long term impact on arts education in the local area.

At 32, O’Kelley is the youngest and one of the most active members of Art First. He was juried into the gallery in 2015, and has been elected to its board for the past two years. Since 2005, O’Kelley has also worked at an holistic, complementary health center in Fredericksburg.

In this show, an interest in the effects of meditation, yoga and music translates to a rhythmic and intuitive application of paint.

Chris O'Kelley

Chris O'Kelley

Chris O'Kelley

Chris O'Kelley