Tuesday, October 3, 2023

‘COLORS’ Exhibit to Feature Local Artists

(Courtesy of Connie Desaulniers and Kathy Hornsby)

WILLIAMSBURG — Two local artists, Connie Desaulniers and Kathy Hornsby, will feature their artwork together in an upcoming art show at the Stryker Center.

From April 9 to May 28, 2022, the art show, “COLORS,” is the first collaborative exhibit between the two local artists.

Hornsby will feature some of her latest photography work, which includes the use of colorful florals that are positioned underwater. By the use of lighting, water, and color, Hornsby adds a unique, almost paint-like, effect.

“‘Magenta Orchid’ Kathy Hornsby’s “Floral Disarrangement” images use water to magnify color, distort shapes, and fracture light. The result is a kaleidoscopic transformation of vibrant florals in unexpected settings.” (Courtesy of Kathy Hornsby and Connie Desaulniers “COLORS”)

Desaulniers, a painter, describes her own artwork by the way she approaches her techniques. She uses rich, dense, and saturated colors to add her own vibrant signature to the pieces that she creates.

“We’re great partners in this,” said Desaulniers in an interview with WYDaily. “She’s got strength in areas and I have strength in areas, and our work compliments each other very well. Plus we have a really good time and that’s what is the best part about all of this.”

The two artists will donate a percentage of the net proceeds made from the art show to the Stryker Center to help promote future art shows at the gallery.

“They’ve got a fabulous art space with natural lighting and really nice interior lights for nighttime, as well as great walls where you can exhibit,” said Desaulniers. “It’s a hidden jewel. We’re really excited and one of the things we hope to do is help the area realize what a great art venue it is.”

The show is presented by The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Desaulniers said this will help with keeping the artists’ costs down and will enable them to give more back to the Stryker Art Gallery.

“There’s definitely been a movement recently to build visibility of Williamsburg art,” said Desaulniers. “There’s a lot of artists in our community who may be uncomfortable with getting out and doing something like this, but they’re excellent artists. We would love to be able to inspire them to get out and show their work.”

“Connie Desaulniers’ color-saturated art is often fantastical and animated, whether a piece of fruit or a 3-D painting where objects literally come out of the canvas.” (Courtesy of Kathy Hornsby and Connie Desaulniers “COLORS”)

In addition to the featured paintings and photography, the artists will sell their limited-edition cashmere scarves. The scarves feature digital prints of paintings and photographs created by Hornsby and Desaulniers.

The opening day for “COLORS” takes place on Saturday, April 9, from 12-5 p.m. The two artists will also be at the exhibit on April 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., which will coincide with the “Art on the Square” juried art show.

The last day to view the exhibit is on May 28 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

More information on Desaulniers and her work can be found on her website, and more information about Hornsby and her work can be found on her website.

Information on “COLORS” can be found online on the event webpage set up by the artists.

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