Art Exhibit: 'Plein Air with a Twist' by Kim Tester

Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street

Kim Tester has had a long career in the arts, as an artist and as an arts educator. Her screen prints and drawings have been exhibited across the country and abroad. Her works are in public and private collections in the USA and Japan. She was serving as the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT when she was diagnosed with cancer twenty years ago and her artistic trajectory was abruptly interrupted. As part of her personal therapy, she began mapping her body with life size drawings following her contours and she found the discipline to be freeing and psychologically healing. Following recovery, she was grappling with a gap when artistic creativity eluded her. Then she began exploring a unique artistic expression that resulted from the body mapping experience. Expanded into the realm of the landscapes around her, she interprets the flow of energy and light through nature. The works exhibited in the Roxbury Library Gallery portray her current creative medium, mapping the landscape in electric streams of color contrasted against black or dark surface paper.

Retiring in June 2021 as Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT, she is now learning to live in the moment, focusing her attention on her current medium of interpretive plein air oil and chalk pastel drawings. Kim states:” To create something that offers a way to find “flow” can be a nebulous adventure. I’ve been on a journey, rediscovering what it means to create. What better way than to document what I see around me and integrate that with the world that exists in my head. Learning to live in the moment is an extraordinary skill. That insight is not obtained by following a narrow straight path, but by veering off, circling, pitching, and connecting collectively with others. I take complete pleasure in choosing a color or a mark, and hope it reflects who I am at that moment. It’s a freeing experience!”

On View from January 13 – February 24, 2024.

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