This month, Ciel Gallery member artist Patricia Steele Raible is part of a national juried show at Pyramid Studios in Miami, Flordia, called Just My Height. Founded by Artist Christine Lyall, this show is the first of its kind, and strives to expose young children to a high level of professional-quality artwork by lowering it to their eye level, about 36 inches off the ground.
“Really different! Interesting!” were Patricia’s first thoughts while reading this show’s call for artists. “It struck me,” she says. “My grandson is fascinated by my abstract work. Is it the shapes? The colors?” She was delighted when her first piece was juried into the show, and then received a request for more pieces. A total of three are featured.
A show geared toward children might deter some artist from entering. Hanging pieces at 36 inches is practically an invitation to touch! But Patricia doesn’t worry about touching. “My pieces are protected with a layer of wax. And really, most kids just look.” Besides, this artist is adamant about arts education. “It is a part of English, math and science – art is integrated with other subjects.” This made the Miami show a perfect fit.
What surprised Patricia most about being a part of this show was the impact it had on her own art and artistic approach. “Watching someone look at your piece closely is encouraging…even if they are 8 or 9 years old. They have no preconceived notions, and are just looking at what interests them.” She found the experience has brought out her own sense of play and curiosity, and has begun trying out new surfaces in her current work.
“I would love to see something like this in Charlotte,” she says. “We have such a sense of family here, and art accessible to children and a family experience would only enhance that.”
For those interested in abstract art and the works of Patricia Steel Raible, check out her website at www.patriciasteeleraible.com. She will also be teaching classes on “Building a Painting” (all about texture) in March and April. Sign up on the Ciel website under the Workshop tab.
For more information on the Just My Height show in Miami, check out the Just My Height Facebook page.
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