“Places and Spaces,” an exhibit of plein air oil paintings by Salinan Marla Ames Kuiper, will be on display through March 8 in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708.
A reception for the artist is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. March 1, in conjunction with Friday Night Live.
At an early age, Kuiper developed an interest in drawing which continued throughout her school years. In college, she concentrated on drawing and oil painting receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and education from Fort Hays State University. After teaching art at both the elementary and secondary levels, she began pursuing painting seriously as a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she sold nearly 200 paintings and drawings and took part in numerous art shows.
Eventually, Kuiper re-entered the workforce as a graphic designer and illustrator. Since retirement, she has taken a special interest in plein air painting and has taken part in numerous plein air festivals in both Vermont and Kansas. She has studied under acclaimed plein air artist Mark Boedges and is active in the Kansas Figure Drawing Group. Her work has been displayed at the Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, Vt., and several galleries throughout Kansas.
“Although I am a realistic artist, it is not my desire to make an exact copy of what I see, but rather to express a feeling that stirs a reaction in the viewer – a memory, a yearning, or simply an appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us,” Kuiper said.
The public is welcome to view the exhibit during library hours — 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information on art exhibited at the library, please contact Glory Benacka at email@example.com, (785) 825-4624, ext. 219, or visit library at 301 W. Elm.