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SheGallery Presents The Art Parade

SheGallery Presents The Art Parade

And this is how it happened – 22 images quietly marched in and consumed the space on the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio gallery wall.

Abstract inks and realistic colored pencil drawings by Jill Barry, next to inspiring 12 year old perspectives by her son, Luke. At first glance you might think, “hey, that kid is pretty talented with a box of Crayolas.” But when you take a few moments to study the titles, you realize this young man sees this world through a refreshing and unique lens.

Then, there are these beautiful and bright pieces done by Jill Barry, floating clouds of amethyst, aquamarine, and rosy pinks, surrounded by the true faces of a jaguar, a gorilla and a rhino. Jill’s creative ability to switch mediums and genres like we switch from one day to the next will have you in awe. Oh, and when she’s not doing that, she’s hand making beautiful strings of mala beads for meditation, some that are similar to the colors in her paintings.

Together, they are The Art Parade. No rules, no rhyme or reason. Just a mom and a boy, marching at you with their creativity.

Jill is a self-taught artist who specializes in stained glass mosaics, colored pencil, and ink. Luke is her sweet, loving, happy, and incredibly bright 12 year old son. He also has autism. He loves music, animals, and parades. And he loves to draw, and brings his crayons and paper with him everywhere he goes.

Luke and Jill spend a lot of time drawing together. It helps them both relax and connect, and she is truly thankful to be able to spend such quality time with him. Luke’s art makes you think, and makes you smile. He draws very quickly, and most drawings only take a few seconds to a few minutes to do. Through his eyes Jill sees the world differently, and it is a view that she wouldn’t change for anything. He makes her world a much brighter place, and her hope is that his artwork will help make your world a brighter place, too. While Luke’s style is quick and free flowing, Jill is slow and deliberate. They are two peas in a pod, yet exact opposites. And they are The Art Parade.

Local Artist on Display at SheGallery this August

Local Artist on Display at SheGallery this August

Our art on display for the month of August is the photography of Frannie Downey, local artist and award winning photographer from Canton, Ma. She received her first Nikon camera as a birthday gift 20 years ago, and hasn’t stopped taking photographs since she ripped the wrapping paper off of that box.

She is able to capture the beauty in everyday life, while allowing her photos to speak for themselves with purity, love and the music in her heart. She sees art in every shape and color in her surroundings.

What I like about Fran is that she doesn’t manipulate her photos much. She’s willing to do some editing, but they are either the right shots for her or they are not. There is an instinct and a bravery in making these choices, and I admire that.

She’s an explorer, seeking out moments of beauty and joy that she captures spontaneously, and is then willing to share with us. Her pictures are pleasing to the eye and warming to the spirit. They are laced with travel, and represent being in the right place at the right time.

She has taken photos as far away as San Francisco, Aruba, and Italy, and from local areas such as Canton, Nahant and Duxbury.

Not only is she an intuitive photographer, Fran Downey is also the lead singer for The Coinz, a local cover band.

Please join us this Thursday, August 10 at the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio from 6:30 to 8:00pm, to take in the love, joy and happiness Fran finds through her camera lens.