It was a night of fun and whimsy for art lovers who came out to the gallery opening of MADworks at Foothills Arts Council on Friday. The exhibit features the paintings of arts council Director Leighanne Martin Wright.
Visitors enjoyed refreshments and wine from Grassy Creek Vineyards as they viewed Wright’s colorful paintings.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Wright said of the gallery reception in her honor.”Thank you very much, Elkin.”
Wright painted murals for a record store in the Atlanta area some years ago and over the years has painted countless backdrops and sets for the plays produced by Foothills Theatre. She recently took up painting again as a hobby and to paint gifts for friends. The work on display were mainly items she had done for friends and family, including several paintings of her children as well as beloved pets.
Fun, frivolity and love were words that Sarah Moxley used to describe Wright’s art. She also said Wright had a knack for capturing special moments.
“Whether it’s an animal or a person, it’s like she picks up some sort of essence of that animal or that person or place and the picture, it’s a moment and she captures the emotion of the moment,” Moxley said.
Many of Wright’s paintings feature animals, including one of a dog doing yoga. The imaginative nature of the art as well as the technique caught the attention of Lori Rice who attended the show.
“I really enjoy the whimsical way that she paints and the manner in which she paints,” Rice said. “She said on some of the paintings with the texture she said she used knives to make the texture so I really like that. And I really like the contrast between the background that’s bright and the foreground which are darker colors, it really makes it pop.”
Gallery committee member Rosy Beverly was extremely pleased with the turnout for the gallery opening and the chance for Wright’s work to be displayed.
“I feel happy,” Beverly said of seeing the bright and whimsical paintings on display in the gallery. “I feel happy for Leighanne.”
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Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.