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Featured Artist: Kelvy Bird
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The artwork of Kelvy Bird addresses felt, often silent, emotional tensions between people and their environments. The "Pulse" images speak to the nature of emergence ­ the bloom, or emission, of human presence from an energetic field. They are about locating an essential heartbeat and encourage participation by evoking an experiential response. Her "Grid" series, with irregular, hand-drawn lines and use of limited palette, focuses inquiry into the relationship of neighboring parts. Some pieces present intact scenarios; others present an unfolding storyline through audience participation by allowing the rearrangement of sections to reveal changing, puzzle-like sub-grids. "Combinations" explore the influence of atmosphere on human behavior. With site-specific groupings of richly textured encaustic panels, the arrangements subtly increase or relax the vibrancy of a room. All of Bird¹s work reaches the viewer in an intuitive way; the meaning of a piece springs to life only as it activates and involves memory, imagination, and possibility.

Bird was raised in the Hudson River Valley and currently works in Somerville, MA at Vernon Street Studios. She holds a BFA in painting and a BA in art history from Cornell University, where she graduated with distinction. Bird volunteers for activities that increase the presence of art in the public sphere. She also works as a process and graphic facilitator in the field of organizational learning on aspects of leadership, collective intelligence, diversity, innovation, and calling. Her paintings are exhibited in the greater Boston area and are in corporate and private collections around the country.

Exhibit, 1 June 2006-31 July 2006:
Annual Juried Summer Exhibition

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center
Exhibiting artists include: Aparna Agrawal, Kelvy Bird, Betty Bolivar, Jeffrey Ellse, Nona Hershey, Mary Kenny, Kyle Larabee, Denise Malis, Maria Muller, Chris Nau, Gabrielle Rossmer


Pulse 036, Gouache on panel, 12" x 12", 2006

Pulse 038, Gouache on panel, 12" x 12", 2006

Pulse 037, Gouache on panel, 12" x 12", 2006

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