Naomi Kennedy

category: Visual,

Artist Statement

Ms. Kennedy, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, studied Music and Music Therapy at Queens and Queensborough Colleges. Naomi received a BA in Art from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She can be found on location painting along the Hudson River Valley or at home working from her own photography. She has impressionistically captured the Hudson Valley with her landscapes and seascapes. Bold abstracts reflect her passion for life. Her still life-abstracts begin with rudimentary subjects and end in flights of fantasy. Her travel-worn Canon AE1 chronicles the Hudson Valley infrastructure and wildlife.   Ms. Kennedy resides in Cornwall, New York with her husband where she conducts art lessons in her studio. She also belongs to a local poetry group, is a jazz singer, and a freelance art news reporter. Naomi served as Co-President of Valley Artists Association and is an active member.   Urban Attic Design in Chelsea, NYC, the Cornell Gallery in Pleasantville, NY, the 21st Century Gallery in Nyack NY are among the galleries that have represented her. Currently she is represented by J. A. Di Bello Gallery in Montgomery, NY.   Artist Statement   As many artists before me have been drawn to the Hudson Valley, there will be many after me. I believe I became an artist solely because of our spectacular Hudson Valley. Everywhere you look there is remarkable scenery. When I consider a new painting, I navigate terrain through my camera's eye. I settle on something, paint outdoors for 3-4 sittings, photograph every detail, and finish painting at home while referring to my photographs. My landscapes are expressively put on canvas with a passion that I never experienced before in life. There is so much to drink in and capture.     Often people approach me claiming that they wish they could paint or draw, but they feel that they have no talent. I encourage all people, especially children, to create art through any media whether it be writing poetry or music, or painting on canvas. There is an inherent talent in all of us. We just need to draw on that strength.   SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS   1993-Present Photographers of Northern Westchester Annual Exhibitions 1994-Present  Garrison Art Gallery -  Member Exhibitions 1/95  Temple Israel of Northern Westchester - Member Exhibition 11/97 Temple Israel of Northern Westchester  - Solo Exhibition 1996-Present  Artists of Northern Westchester  - Annual Exhibition 1998-Present  CCOA Local Color 2-Gallery at 211-Member Exhibition 1998-Present Valley Artist Association Member Exhibitions Crystal Bay Gallery 6/99  Valley Artists Association Group Exhibition, Cambridge House Gallery 10/00 Autumn at Rafiki Rafiki Cafe Solo Exhibition 5/01  Hudson Valley Studies-Spring Hendrick Hudson Library-Solo Exhibition 10/01 Interpretations-Temple Israel of Northern Westchester-Two Woman Show 12/02 John C. Hart Library, Shrub Oak, NY- Solo Exhibition 1//03-11/03 Peekskill Inn, Peekskill, NY- Solo Exhibition 11/03 Hendrick Hudson Library, Montrose, NY - Solo Exhibition 5/05-10/05  Bear Mountain Visitor Toll House 9/08-10/08 Two Alices Coffee House, Cornwall, NY Solo Exhibition 2/7/09- extended indefinitely" "Half Moon Shadow" photo on exhibiton at the Albany Institute of History and Art Museum, Albany 4/09-5/09 Di Bello Gallery, Montgomery, NY Solo Exhibition 11/20/09-1/20/10 Downing Film Center, Newburgh, NY 5/2/10-7/2/10 Corner Cafe, Marlboro, NY 4/4/11-5/7/11 Hudson Cafe, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

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