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MFA Graduate's Show Opens In Northern CA

Kelly Allen (photo via kellyallen.com)  

Kelly Allen (photo via kellyallen.com)

 

Tonight is the opening of Make It All True, a show featuring a collection of paintings and mixed media works by Kendall MFA graduate, Kelly Allen. The show, held at Humboldt State University's First Street Gallery, will run until March 4th. Kelly came to Kendall in 2006 as a Scholarship of Merit recipient, and earned her MFA in Drawing in 2008. Though she is a Michigan native, Kelly now lives in San Francisco, where she has been a part of many shows along California's coast, as well as abroad.

"A Star Is A Seed" by Kelly Allen (via kellyallen.com)  

"A Star Is A Seed" by Kelly Allen (via kellyallen.com)

 

One of the more recent shows, titled Dig For Fire, took place in Venice, CA. It included the works of several artists, and, though I did not attend, I found the show's theme to be particularly interesting because the entire collection of works was inspired by music from the band, The Pixies. Kelly has been featured twice in Hi-Fructose; once for her painted collages, and again for a studio visit.

Her breadth of work is very vibrant; it is full of color, and life. As Humboldt State Now puts it, Kelly's current works "portray the unity of life on earth." I always enjoy reading about Kelly and her work. I recommend this show to anyone in the Northern California area.  Kelly also has a lovely website and blog, where readers can learn more about her work.