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"Fearless Color" on the Walls at the Artists Attic Main Gallery

Artists Julie Quick and Marsha Icko Paris have worked steadily over the last year to premier their first studio show ever at the Artists Attic. The pandemic has caused the show to be postponed three times, and the artists have been waiting for their opportunity to show their newest works. You can meet the artists during opening night at the Gallery Hop on March 19, 2021 from 5-8 pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. There is plenty of space to share in the gallery while you peruse the show. At this time, the Attic will forgo its lovely food reception/cash bar in order to keep the gallery wide open for social distancing.

The artists chose the theme, "Fearless Color", early in 2020 to represent their vivid choices of color in different media. Marsha Icko Paris is an oil painter who moved to Lexington with a lifelong passion for horses and art. Her joy is to capture the expressions of the people and animals that she paints. In this exhibit, Marsha's work shines in a series of Jockey paintings that she developed over the last year. She explores the texture, light and color in greater depth with her representational style. Marsha states this about the series, "I have always been fascinated with color and light. In these paintings, I looked for light play on the horses' coats, muscle definition, the sheen of the jockey silks, and the use of bright colors in horse racing." When these paintings are seen in person, the lifelike qualities and contrast of color stand out and speak to the quality of her work.

Julie Quick is a pastel artist who uses expressive marks and finds creative inspiration by constantly challenging her color palette. You’ll see this best represented in her “20 Days of 2020” installation, where Julie paints a scene from the top of the Pinnacles at Berea 20 days in a row. Julie comments, "In 2020 I decided to initiate the new year by painting the first 20 days of 2020, a year which I anticipated to be an epic year for all of us. I chose one of my favorite photos of 2019, a stunning view of the Bluegrass region folding into the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky via the Cumberland Plateau. I painted from this photo daily for 30 minutes each, challenging myself to create a unique painting each day through color choices, mark making or perspective. Suddenly, 2020 took the most unexpected turn with the pandemic, the world shut down for over a year, and I've held on to these paintings to share them with you until it was safe to view paintings in person again." The rest of the exhibit will feature additional landscapes, streetscapes and florals, mostly created in the isolation of 2020-21.

Marsha and Julie are thrilled to share these 60 paintings with you through April 30th, 2021. Below are a few examples of fearless painting for you to enjoy!

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