The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex is proud to announce two incredible exhibitions for the month of October. New work from Person County artist Chrystal Hardt entitled “Going Deep” will be shown in the Kirby Gallery, and artist Kim Langlois will be showcased in the Upper Gallery with her exhibition of “Color My World”.

Both exhibitions will have receptions from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, where refreshments will be served, and visitors can meet the artists on exhibit. Both shows will run through October, and can be viewed during Kirby Gallery hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 1 – 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chrystal Hardt is a visual artist with many years of experience painting and exploring the world through visual media. She has been exhibiting her work since her first solo show in Hillsborough in 1991, and continues to show regularly throughout the Triangle.

Her paintings hang in intimate spaces in collectors’ homes and in public spaces as well. Her rich, textural works, with their bold colors and compositional designs, create a sense of wonder and playfulness, evoking memories of dreams, childhood, magic, and the beauty of the natural world.

Hardt says, “My paintings are about energy and emotion and movement. They have many inspirations. Most are figurative in nature, showing our interconnectedness to all things. I strive to have my paintings work on an abstract level by focusing on color relationships, interesting shapes, good contrast between light and dark, and a balance between emotion and mystery.”

Kimberly Deene Langlois is a self-taught mixed media artist residing in Raleigh. Her creations are inspired by her favorite music, the beautiful outdoors, and her self-proclaimed “inner hippie”. Langlois works in a variety of media, including combinations of alcohol ink and encaustic wax. Her vibrant, deeply textural works demonstrate the importance of play and experimentation in her process.

Her current series of abstract floral works, created in alcohol ink, showcase the vibrancy and organic flow of the medium; the centers of her flower-subjects carefully capture the light, producing a 3-dimensional quality, which is a common visual motif in this series.

Langlois says, “Like nature’s art, every alcohol ink design has a unique life of its own. I pour the inks onto paper and allow them to flow and mingle organically as they’re manipulated with air, gravity, or an occasional brush or instrument. I love watching each creation come to life and it brings me happiness to share my art, which is a piece of myself, with others.”

The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex is located at 213 N. Main St., Roxboro. The Person County Arts Council, Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks, and Piedmont Community College sponsor the Upper Gallery. For more information, call (336) 597-1709 or visit the website at www.kirbytheater.com.

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