A show of recent paintings by Ann Farnsley opens on First Friday, tomorrow (Friday, September 2nd) at the Community Art Center in Vevay. Ann will be on hand from 5-9 p.m. to visit and talk about her new works.
Ann says that this show focuses on oil and acrylic paintings created in the last three years. “Color is what sparked my interest in paintings years ago. Color affects people in an emotional way. I like the idea of following the viewer to participate with their own feelings and interpretations of the art work,” she says.
Known for her whimsical imagery, there are several paintings and ceramic pieces in the show which illustrates this aspect of her art. Curious creatures and figures dance and float across the surfaces to create a world of fantasy. The “Farnsley Horse” is legendary and sometimes is accompanied by a cat companion.
A large acrylic of the Tragedy Comedy Masks echoes Farnsley’s interest in Theater. Ann has created sets for plays at the Hoosier Theater and with Spectrum Productions in Madison, also appearing on stage in several performances, notably “Steel Magnolias” and “Isn’t it Romantic.”
Farnsley holds an MA in Creation Art from the Allen R. Hite Institute at the University of Louisville. She has maintained a studio in a historic home in Vevay since 1970. With a beautiful view of the Ohio River, her inspiration to create is never ending. Ann also is an accomplished landscape and portrait artist.
She has taught classes in her own studio and at Jefferson Community College in Louisville and Carrollton, Kentucky. Her work resides in private collections throughout the United States, Canada and England.
The Community Art Center is located at 217 Ferry Street in Vevay. Visit Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Tuesdays from noon until 4 p.m. The Center is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.