Abstract artist Jennie Kiessling will feature some of her works in a new exhibit at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave.
The “In the Garden, Far Away” exhibition is set to open at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 11 with small painted and drawn works that Kiessling has created from 2017 to the present day. The event will also include a Gallery Talk by the artist from 6-7 p.m.
“This work responds to my grandfather’s life as he lived in his daughters’ various homes during his senior years,” Kiessling said. “Each work is rooted in the form of geometric abstraction and influenced by artists Ad Reinhardt, Agnes Martin and Buddhist philosopher DT Suzuki.”
Kiessling was born and raised in Chicago and moved to the western states in 2000. The artist has taught art education at colleges and universities including the Art Institute of Chicago, Colorado State University, Naropa University and Front Range Community College.
Kiessling is known for exploring the “heights of geometric abstraction rooted in personal structure”, and her work can be seen in private collections in Colorado and the United States.
“Ultimately, I’m interested in creating a visual language that speaks to the juxtaposition of lived experiences of immigrants and the children of immigrants in the early to mid-1900s,” she said. “This visual juxtaposition can reform our understanding of the possibilities that took place in their lives.”
Visitors can view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free to visit the Green Room, Dunning, Foote, Mezzanine, 12-Foot of Wall, and Permanent History exhibits, with admission to the main gallery set at $7 per person aged 13 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the museum reception.
Per the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, masks and distancing are required for guests ages 3 and older, regardless of immunization status.
In addition to the Opening Reception and Gallery Talk, Kiessling will host a tour of the museum’s main gallery at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.
During the free tour, Kiessling will discuss what inspired his work in abstract art.
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to explore their own creative skills during a pastel workshop taught by Kiessling at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Beet Education Center, 201 E. 5th St.
The free workshop will include a tour of the museum and instructions on how to create artwork using pastels. All supplies and instructions will be provided.
Registration is required for the workshop. For more information or to register, go to https://bit.ly/33iKoCs or call the museum at (970) 962-2410.
For more information about The Loveland Museum, programs and exhibits, visit www.thelovelandmuseum.org.