Tuesday, May 8
Blythe King is a rising mixed media talent who currently breaks new ground in collage, photography, and the ancient art of gold leafing. She has exhibited in six U.S. states (GA, IL, MA, PA, SC, VA) plus the District of Columbia. Born in Pittsburgh (PA), her work is heavily influenced by two legacies — the whimsical, social commentary of hometown hero Andy Warhol forged with traditional Steel Town resolve. King studied religion and art at the University of Richmond (VA). She practiced Zen calligraphy with noted practitioner Stephen Addiss (The Art of Zen, Old Taoist, more). But it was a textile startup in quaint Breaux Bridge (LA), that brought her journey into focus. For iSockits, King fashioned wildly-successful tablet covers from vintage women’s shirts. Her latest fine art project, Two Sides of the Same Coin, is exceptional for its delicate but moving revelations. She rescues clippings from Montgomery Ward catalogs to open a fresh discourse around women’s issues. In addition to her art, King teaches creativity at VisArts to seniors, veterans, and middle school students from underserved communities in Richmond.
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