In 1970-72, Professor John Day was my first teacher in art at Mount Marty College. After the education that I had with Professor Day, most other art professors just let me develop my own statement as an artist. From 1977 to 1978, Professor Jan Zach at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR was my professor in sculpture. Years later, I was told that my Interdisciplinary Professors (Dance, Music and Sculpture)s considered that music inspired my artwork. I work in an interdisciplinary manner because, for me, the different expressions of art and creativity are all spokes on a wheel of life.
Since the age of 5, I have been writing poetry. Also began drawing, painting and making sculptures. I also like to compose music and write. From the time I was young, I loved to run and jump over everything I could.
Ann Kathryn Kelly, M.A.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With thoughts of my parents Ron and Mary Ann Kelly. They have been people who made positive and graceful contributions to their community. They have enjoyed the company of many special friends over their lifetime. My parents were models of accepting leadership roles in the community in which we lived. Their lives expressed humor and caring and they used initiative, courage and caring to change processes in our communities. As a long-term Manager of Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Le Mars, Iowa, my father Ronald Kelly treated people with dignity, patience, compassion and helped many people. My mother, Mary Ann Kelly (Weber) was equally caring and excelled as a leader in specific church and community organizations and groups. She also provided consistent financial support to the schools for Native American children in South Dakota. Ron and Mary Ann were both artistically, musically talented, intelligent and beloved people. Their actions impressed me with the value and functions of leadership and compassion in our lives.
Over many years, my parents have been surrounded by friends and family who loved them dearly. Their friends enjoyed Ron and Mary Ann and the hospitality that my parents extended through their friendship, company and humor. My parents loved their friends and family; my parents have been dearly loved.
I say: "The Heart knows the journey to where the Heart is".
With thoughts of my dear parents, whose love for each other allowed for the beginning of the journeys of myself and my siblngs. My parents let me go to take the journey which I was obligated to walk--even when they did not understand it. In the territory of Northwest Iowa and the Loess Hills, I was raised.
Driven to create beauty and music and organize thought, I knew that creating was a reflection of God's nature; that the world was a Creation of a Great and Eternal Love. My parents nurtured that understanding of God.
Ann Kathryn Kelly
June 1, 2014
May 22, 2014