Archway Gallery presents Musicality featuring artist Christie Coker. The exhibit features a collection of recent drawings and paintings which focus on the world of music and the various sensations it evokes. The exhibition will be on view June 2 – July 5, 2012.
The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.
Coker believes that music is a universal language where each of us has sensitivity to, knowledge of, or a talent making us “one with the music.” Her creative approach to the pieces in “Musicality” blend her love of various styles of music with her love of drawing and painting.
The sights and sounds from blues bars to outdoor festivals inspire Coker’s visual imagery. Often the music playing in her studio dictates the style or media of a specific work of art. A heartfelt blues song might be playing as she brushes powdered graphite and washes alcohol over the surface of paper which later is layered with charcoal and pastels giving the piece a moodiness that correlates to the music.
Color can add mood to a work of art, but specific strokes with a brush or drawing tool can also evoke emotion. Coker suggests that soft color with gently curving strokes might be the visual interpretation of a quiet classical piece of music while bold color with angular strokes could easily be visualized as lively jazz.
Coker received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a specialization in Art from Lamar Universityin Beaumont, Texas. Upon graduation, she taught art in the Beaumont area before moving to Houston where she continued teaching art in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Coker was named Spotlight Teacher of the Year before ending her full-time teaching career to pursue life as a working artist. Christie Coker has been a member of Archway Gallery since 2001.
Coker’s love of nature, music and the human figure influences the artistic themes she pursues; her work is collected both nationally and internationally. She has been involved in the city’s arts community through her association with the Visual Arts Alliance, the Watercolor Art Society of Houston and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts. She has also served as Curriculum Director for City ArtWorks, a non-profit organization providing artistic enrichment to elementary and middle school students in the greater Houston area.
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