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Barbara Kenny

The Blanche Ames Gallery warmly welcomes Barbara Kenny for her sixth solo show, "Nature: Impression to Abstract," featuring 40 new paintings. Barbara's show opens October 7 with a reception, 12:30-2:00 p.m., and runs through October 28. The Blanche Ames Gallery is located in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Rd., Frederick, Maryland 21703. Phone (301)473-7680. See directions on www.FrederickUU.org.

Born and raised in the West, Barbara took time from her painting for college, grad school and 30 years as a psychotherapist. She has had solo and group art shows and won awards across the U.S. Studying art is a lifetime pursuit. She studied with Mark Brockton at the Delaplaine Arts Center and continues painting with an independent group who paint and learn from one another.

The magic of southern California and a later move to Utah are imprinted images that have informed Barbara's paintings from her artistic beginnings. Her more recent days in Maryland, Virginia and the eastern seaboard along with collected emotions from the stories and feelings from her professional experiences as a psychotherapist bring depth and maturity to her work. "Representing images in paint and representing feelings about those images in paint is my life's work. Not only do I have to do it, much like breathing, I also love to. It is my spiritual path."

"Finally, there is the part that magic plays. While I collect images and feelings, the magic is how these images find expression in paint. Usually I just need to get out of the way and let them flow. Magic."

Paintings left to right: "Aspens," "Calm," "Branches in the Moonlight"