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An exhibition of new paintings by Kay WalkingStick entitled America n Landscape - arresting scenes of the rugged\, brilliantly colored mountain s\, mesas\, arroyos and canyons of the nation's West\, many of the pieces o verlain with designs created by its original inhabitants -- will open at th e June Kelly Gallery on April 12. The exhibition will remain on view throug h May 14.

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WalkingStick has been painting landscapes throughout her career.  "Expressive landscape as metaphor or symbol" was an early focus\, she says\, just as it was for another painter of similar subjects\, Georgia O'Keeffe.  WalkingStick's later images have come to include history\, geog raphy\, and specific place.  In this current body of work the artist appear s to direct her eye to the landscape itself while she preserves images\, fo rms and concepts she found valuable in her earlier concentration.

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I n her blending of the abstract with the more literal\, WalkingStick gives u s a harmonious but spare vision of the quiet dignity of the landscape\, a s traightforward dispassionate outline of contours\, and expressive sensual b rushstrokes.  Time and space are isolated against this austere landscape\, which she reduces to three horizontal bands of land\, mountain and sky.

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WalkingStick's characteristic aesthetic recreation of the natural worl d in semi-abstract
geometric forms that captures the awesome archite ctural grandeur and sensuality of nature's organic shapes.  Her confident h andling of light and shadow contributes to the exceptional pictorial power and intensity that provide much of the poetry of WalkingStick's view of the landscape.

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WalkingStick paints with sensitivity and assurance to c onvey what she refers to as the "truth of the subject" and the emotional ex perience.  Through her loose\, exuberant brushwork\, her use of color and e xpressive line\, she creates a mood and a sense of the vastness of the land and the mountains.

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WalkingStick lives and works in New York City.  She holds a BFA from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College)\, Glensi de\, Pennsylvania\, and an MFA from Pratt Institute\, Brooklyn\, New York.< /span>

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WalkingStick was awarded the prestigious Lee Krasner grant for 2011 from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2003\, she received the Distinguis hed Artist Award from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western A rt\, Indianapolis\, Indiana\, and in 1995 she won a Joan Mitchell Foundatio n Award in Painting.  She also is a recipient of the National Honor Award f or Achievement in the Arts from the Women's Caucus for Art\, and a Visual A rtist Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Skowhegan\, and also had a resi dency at the Rockefeller Conference &\; Study Center\, Bellagio\, Italy.

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WalkingStick's works have been shown in many one person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.  She is represented in major p ublic and private collections\, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art\, New York\; Neuberger Museum of Art\, Purchase\, New York\; the Montclair Ar t Museum\, New Jersey\; The Detroit Institute of Arts\, Michigan\; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art\, California\; The Newark Museum\, New Jersey\; Heard Museum\, Phoenix\, Arizona\; National Museum of American Indian\, Sm ithsonian\, Washington\, DC\; The Hood Museum of Art\, Dartmouth College\, Hanover\, New Hampshire\; Israel Museum\, Jerusalem\, and the National Muse um of Canada\, Ottawa.

DTEND:20130514 DTSTAMP:20140801T000246 DTSTART:20130412 GEO:40.7254925;-73.9979561 LOCATION:June Kelly Gallery\,166 Mercer Street \nNew York\, NY 10012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: American Landscape\, Kay WalkingStick UID:269163 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR