Watercolor artist to be featured at gallery

Regional watercolor artist Kathryn Galey will present a one-time special exhibit at Graffiti Gallery in Oil City.  The show opening is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Oil City gallery.  The exhibit will continue from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  Admission is free.

Galey is the former president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and a National Transit Studio artist.  She is published in the national Artist’s Magazine.  She exhibits regionally and holds workshops across New York, Ohio and Pittsburgh.  Galey has been painting in her Oil City studio for many years while spending weekends in town with local artists.  She selected Graffiti Gallery as
the venue for her last public exhibit after a long successful career.

Galey will be joined by her artistfriend Zarah Blair who is known for her detailed graphite urban-scapes of industrial buildings.  Blair is a member of the National Collage Society, art-educator and published author on art and aging.

During her journey as an awarded painter, wife, and mother, Galey traveled across the country, Italy, Germany, U.K., Greece, Caribbean, and other places where her works are in private collections.  In France, she painted at Claude Monet’s famous Giverny pond and solidified a lifelong love for the jeweled colors of water and floating lilies.  Her work includes a wide variety of genres and styles with watercolor, oil and acrylic, but she is most known for her signature watercolor pieces.

This exhibit is titled My Side of the Hill and is dedicated to the artists’ sister with whom she shares a common interest — the cosmos.  New cosmos paintings done specifically for this show will be unveiled for the first time.

“My first memory in life is that of a star,” Galey said.  “We have shared hours on end discussing the cosmos. I t excites us.  These last few years I have been having a love affair with Hubble.  Usually I create a show for the public but this one is for me and my sister.”

When not painting Galey enjoys gardening, writing, sculpting and making jewelry.  Most of all she enjoys cooking and entertaining friends, she says.  During open studio time in Oil City, Galey often entertains local artists and art appreciators.

When talking about area artists Galey said, “In any city they would stand out as first class artists, more than willing to give back to their town.  They are all giving of their talents and add so much to the environment.  I shall miss being among them.”

Graffiti Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space under the Oil City Arts Council.  It holds themed exhibits for professional and emerging artists and is also available for rent for cultural and community events.

For more information, people may call 676-5303 or visit graffitigalleryoc.org.