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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Melissa Smith painting show opening at UConn Sunday

Stevens Gallery, Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, (860) 486-2518
Altered Focus: Painting by Melissa Smith
Oct. 21—Dec. 21, 2007
Opening reception: Sun., Oct. 21, 2—4 p.m.

Press release

Melissa Smith's work is about glancing into mysterious yet familiar space. It engages the viewer to puzzle out complexities, to discover the unexpected in the layered content of the visual language. Using photo imagery as a compositional tool, Smith moves images from their original context into her painted version of them.

"I strive to extend a moment in time and to visually convey the essence of that moment, floating between physical sight and intuitive insight," she says. "By playing with out-of-focus effects and selective blurring, I can suggest a world hovering between abstraction and representation. With all of this, my personal devotion to color and the layering of color stays constant."

Smith quotes the painter Marsden Hartley, who began a poem with "that luscious look of something becoming something else in front of one," to describe the mystery she experiences during the creative process. "Painting," she says, "allows me a sacred thrill."

Melissa Smith was born and raised in Texas. She earned her BFA from Ohio State University and her MS Ed. from Bank Street College of Education and Parson's School of Design in New York. She is the Director of the Art School at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut.

There will be an opening reception for the show this Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

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