Tree Portraits by Kristin Flynn

Through December 31
Artist Reception Saturday, December 3
1-3pm Activity Room 

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Artist Statement: Joy for me is being outside in the woods where trees are constant friends. The sunlit oak marking a turn in the trail, the row of maples I pass on a bike ride, the old pasture pine outside my Adirondack shack – I love these trees. I give thanks, say good morning, and often throw my arms around their trunks in awe and sorrow. Because of human actions, trees are suffering from numerous invasive pests and intense, damaging heat and storms. These effects of climate change highlight the connectedness of us all and the impermanence of life as we have known it. My tree portraits strive, respectfully, to document their beauty and honor their lives. I play with color, at times contrasting and changing, to add focus and emotion to a composition.

Kristin Flynn is a painter living in the Hudson Valley. Her nature based drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous regional gallery shows at Bard College, Marist College, PS209, Be Gallery, KMOCA, Donskoj Gallery, Barrett Art Center, SUNY Albany, SUNY Ulster and Stone Ridge Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited in group and solo shows in New York City at The Painting Center, Margaret Bodell Gallery and in group and solo shows with the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery.
Kristin has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, Jentel in Sheridan, Wyoming and the Platte Clove A.I.R. in Arkville. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, an A.A.S. in Textiles from Rochester Institute of Technology and studied painting at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Currently Kristin is an adjunct associate professor at SUNY Ulster Community College in the fashion design program she created.

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