Shenandoah Valley Art Center to open Kristin Reiber Harris exhibit on May 2

WaterLilies&Rushes K Reiber Harris May 13The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is holding an Opening Reception on Thursday, May 2, 5:00-7:00pm, to open an exhibit of the artwork of Kristin Reiber Harris, which explores printmaking, bookmaking, and collage.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is located in Downtown Waynesboro at 126 S. Wayne Avenue.  Galleries are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com.

One series of Harris’ artwork features large woodcuts of plants reflected in water and celebrates the object as no more real than the reflection.  Another series of digital prints combines woodcut images with photographic self- portraits – object as real and reflected; artist as observer and observed.  Her most recent work collages segments of woodcuts while reimaging the subject from multiple points of view.

Having grown up on an old farm, she has retained a child’s fascination with those objects that appeared as treasures in her formative environment and they have continued as statements in drawings and prints produced the past forty years.  Her work reflects this reverence for the natural world and is influenced by Islamic and Buddhist art coupled with an Asian aesthetic of beauty. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from George Washington University.  Among her diverse accomplishments, is her faculty position in the Art Department at Lynchburg College.

For the past twenty-five years she has run an animation and design business in the Washington, D.C. area, where the focus of her work is educational media for children.  She is currently developing mobile apps for young children that creatively illustrate her stories by using art objects from museum collections.