“HANDS AT WORK AND PLAY”

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“HANDS AT WORK AND PLAY”

KELLI ALBIN’S PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE FEATURED AT GALLERY AT THE CENTER EXHIBIT

West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a unique collection of photographs from artist Kelli Albin, in her exhibition titled “Hands at Work and Play” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from July 1 through July 27, 2014. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

A 1984 graduate of West Plains High School, Albin attended Oral Roberts University, where she majored in Commercial Art, graduating in 1987. She obtained her teaching certificate in Art and Special Reading from Missouri State University-West Plains, and has received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.    Albin began teaching Art in 1990 at West Plains Elementary, later at Howell Valley School, and is currently teaching art at Dora R-III to students in K – 12th Grade.   She has recently added MSU-WP to her teaching resume, adding a class in photography there.   In addition to teaching she enjoys photography, drawing, painting, jewelry making, and writing and illustrating children’s books.

About her current exhibit, “Hands at Work and Play”, Albin states “The idea for this exhibit came about when I took some photos of my Uncle Glen playing his fiddle. I liked the close up shot of his hands doing what he loved to do.  I began to pursue this idea by taking pictures of my friend Michelle Carlson, throwing a pot on the wheel.  Michelle showed the photos to her son, Brian, who is a hand therapist.  He really liked the idea and wanted to see more. He thought the photos would be a good decorating theme for his clinic.  With that thought in mind, I was spurred to bring my idea to completion. So, eventually this exhibit became a reality. “

Organizers hope the community will take advantage of this opportunity to view this black-and-white collection during the exhibit’s stay at the Civic Center.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Kelli Albin on Saturday, July 12, from 1-3 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss the artwork with Albin.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.