Reflections, an exhibit featuring the work of acrylic painter Courtney Hatcher, who said she draws her inspiration from real life and expresses it in abstract work, will take place July 31-Sept. 28 in the gallery space at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.
Hatcher said, "My art is about the viewer. This show, Reflections, represents different stages of transcendence. I draw from my own experience to create art that allows the viewer's unique emotional experiences to be reflected back at them. The work taps into the
observerís state of mind and represents emergence from a darker mindset into a stronger, clearer state."
An opening reception on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 pm will give those attending a chance to meet the Burton, MI-based artist, who added, "I use abstraction to express these heightened emotional states. Within each painting, I portray both the negative and the positive side of an emotion. There cannot be one without the other. I leave it up to the viewer to decide which one they see. When creating a painting, I work with either a palette knife or a brush, sometimes both. I use vibrant colors, warm and cool, applied generously in thick layers on the canvas. In some pieces, I incorporate mirror fragments, which place the viewer directly into the artwork. I like to keep my brushstrokes loose and gestural to create movement and to reflect the intensity of emotion that the artwork represents."
Hatcher draws inspiration for her art from real life. "I find inspiration in nature and through observing human behavior," she said. "I use my inspirations to create abstract artwork that encourages empathy and emotional growth."
Regular gallery hours for Reflections will be 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.
Written by Anne Seebald