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New exhibit at Fire Hall Gallery

By Staff | Mar 2, 2012

Nationally known artist Douglas Kinnett, a Shepherdstown resident, opens a new exhibit of his Georgetown Series paintings on March 2 under the combined auspices of the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative and the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA) in the AHA Fire Hall Gallery in the Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George Street, in Charles Town. The reception with the artist is open to the public on Saturday, Mar. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Georgetown Series represents Doug Kinnett’s recent passions about “place.” This group of paintings is a departure from his 15 years of fantasy concerning the garden and earlier childhood experiences in his grandmother’s backyard. His subject matter has shifted from rural to urban but independent of subject matter, Kinnett’s work is always about color and the mystical netherworld of subjective color interaction.

The paintings in this exhibit are in response to Georgetown and Foggy Bottom and the artist’s goal has been to capture the visual flavor of a community where buildings in many architectural styles coexist in a wonderful organized clutter.

Kinnett has been an exhibiting artist since the 1970s and has worked in painting, prints, jewelry, furniture, ceramics and collage.

Kinnett holds a BA degree from Shepherd University, an MA in painting from West Virginia University and a doctorate in art education from Illinois State University.

He has served as the coordinator of the art education major at Shepherd University and taught art at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school. Images of the Georgetown Series are available online at www.mannamachine.com.