By: Sarah Shaffer—
Muncie, IN—Join Cornerstone Center for The Arts on Thursday, September 5th for the opening reception of A Family Affair featuring art by Linda, Jerry, and Eloise McKean. The reception will take place in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with September’s First Thursday events.
The McKean family is in love with the visual arts. Subscribing to art pages on Facebook, visiting art galleries and museums at every opportunity, and regularly attending First Thursday events in Muncie. Cornerstone has been their headquarters for training in drawing, painting, ceramics, and mixed media. They are grateful for the chance to share their love of art with others.
Linda studied art in college, then stepped away from it for many years. Five years ago, she decided she was in a time in life when she could return to her art. She started painting and taking classes at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. While her earlier paintings were very abstract, she is surprised to find that her style has evolved into “Representational Abstract.” One thing that has remained constant though, is her delight in and focus on the excitement of color.
When he was seven years old, Jerry started copying Batman comic books. Thus began a life long appreciation of comic art. He began painting landscapes in classes with Gini Deaton and Sarah Shaffer. Most of his other training comes from napping during episodes of “The Joy of Painting” by Bob Ross. Joy, he has found comes from the play of color, brush and canvas in making happy little trees, mountains, and skies.
Eloise is a junior at the University of Delta High School. She takes many art classes at school and as well as at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. Her love for art started in elementary school and grew stronger as the years grew. She has taken glass, drawing, painting, ceramics and general art classes.
In addition to the First Thursday gallery opening, The Muncie Chamber of Commerce will also be at Cornerstone for the ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for the Muncie Altrusa Foundation Beulah Frogge Digital Arts Studio on Thursday, September 5th at 5:30 pm. Please plan to attend both of these exciting events at Cornerstone.
A Family Affair will be on display and open to the public in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery throughout the month of September.
For more information about the exhibition call Cornerstone’s Department of Education & Communication at 765-281- 9503, ext. 23 or visit cornerstonearts.org.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization with a mission to engage and enrich our community by providing opportunities for creative expression, educational programs and events in a historic setting.