Passion Resurrected: artwork by local Allison Pratt

by Kelly Gross, David Strawn Art Gallery director

The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome artwork by local artist Allison Pratt to the David Strawn Art Gallery April 2-24. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m. with a “Gallery Talk” by Pratt at 6:30 p.m. All gallery hours and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

Allison Pratt was born and raised in Jacksonville. She found her passion for the arts at a young age. She says, “I was introduced and influenced by the local art community and the talent I was surrounded by for years.” She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with an emphasis in graphic design and photography. Soon after, she found an intrigue for abstract works, which quickly became her newfound passion of creating without boundaries and limitations. Her new style and tenacity earned her recognition as an international juried artist, with spotlights in both American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazines and PBS.

Pratt states, “I always challenge myself as an artist to expand my gift and creativity. My purpose as an abstract artist is not to tell you what to see, but to evoke emotions, feelings and look at things from a new perspective and not limit the imagination. I use color and movement of the paints to reflect the multitude of emotions I create in.” Pratt’s technique in creating her pieces is simple … good music in the ears, a blank canvas, choosing a color palette that aesthetically pleasing and letting go of control to give the paint freedom to flow naturally.

Gallery hours April 3-24 are Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. The David Strawn Art Gallery will be closed on Saturday, April 23 for the Beaux Arts Ball.

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