Artist’s Reception: Friday, Feb. 24, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gallery talk: Friday, March 10, 9:30 a.m., Walker Auditorium
Dustan Knight’s Kimono paintings are large-scale watercolors whose acrylic varnish “re-wets” the color causing the lights to glow and the darks to shine. Begun last year as an expression of the artist’s grief over her mother's death, the works weave together Far Eastern particularities of design, color, space, detail, and hues with more familiar Western expressionism. They also embody the idea of a covering “dress” or “cloak” as a metaphor for the artist’s feelings of vulnerability and protectiveness.
Several Kimonos will be displayed beside the paintings. Their simple Oriental aesthetic and unfamiliar color combinations have acted as inspiration for the paintings.
Knight, a leading innovator in watercolor technique, has taught at the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she chaired the Foundations Department. The recipient of many awards, fellowships and residencies, Knight is widely known for her many workshops and seminars in watercolor technique.
The McIninch Art Gallery at SNHU, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and from March 18 through 26. All gallery events are free and open to the public.