Local Artist Casey Matthews Art Exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art

casey-matthews By: Suzanne Batchelor

Casey Matthews, a local Amelia Island artist is exhibiting her work at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MOCA) in their new summer venue – the 1st Floor LAB Gallery. The intimate showcase offers an exhibition and sales opportunity for local emerging artists in a high visibility downtown setting. She is exhibiting 18 original pieces of art, as well as a slew of smaller affordable unframed bin pieces. The reception was held Thursday July 30th and the show runs through August 12th.

If you missed the reception on Thursday, there are two more FREE opportunities to visit the Museum. MOCA is open late the First Wednesday of the month, 5–9PM, in conjunction with the downtown First Wednesday Art Walk, August 5th. And also FREE to families every Sunday. For more information, and regular hours please visit their Web site.

Casey is an award-winning artist who has sold to private collectors throughout North America and Europe, and currently works from her downtown studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida at The Blue Door Artists. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but has considered the Southeast her home for the past 18 years. She studied Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and the University of Alabama. Her many subjects are approached with light-hearted enthusiasm and delivered with singular verve and style, yet very introspective and enlightening. For Matthews, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk.

Matthews has been painting professionally since 1998; since then, painting has come to define her existence. “I cannot remember any moment in my life when I did not want to be an artist.” For Casey, painting is a process that explores her intuitive relationship with the actual work and the life it develops along the way. She states that her intention is to create layers of information through her technique, and gathers inspiration from life– translating it into my terms. Her work hovers between consciousness and intuition; combining emotional content, observation, skill, exploration, and reinvention. Her intent is to create surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and organic shapes; leading your minds eye on an aesthetic journey throughout the emotive process of destruction and contradiction.

Each painting begins with several layers of paint and collage. She incorporates simple vine charcoal drawings between layers until a rich texture emerges. She embraces the drips and splatters that develop along the way; and at times they lend themselves to an unfinished journey. This journey involves structure, energy, gesture, color, and the enduring relationships between them. Learn more about Casey at www.caseymatthews.com and visit her local studio-gallery at: Blue Door Artists – 205 1/2 Centre Street -Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.

Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.

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