North Little Rock Events

Katherine Rutter: Meet Me in the Water
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
May 5, 2018 - May 31, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The next installment of the Art Department, a quarterly exhibition series hosted by Thea Foundation, will feature the work of Arkansas-born artist Katherine Rutter in an exhibition titled “Meet Me in the Water.” The exhibition will be up May 4 through May 31 in the Thea Foundation gallery, and a reception will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Thea Foundation. May 1 through 4, Rutter will paint a mural onto one of the walls inside Thea Foundation. The public is welcome to stop by and view the process, and the finished mural will be revealed May 4 during the reception for her exhibition. Everyone is encouraged to see this temporary mural during the month of May, as the gallery walls at Thea Foundation are subject to change.

Katherine Rutter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2007 she received her BFA from the University of Central Arkansas. Since then, she has lived and worked primarily in Denver, CO; Oakland, CA; and Little Rock. She has shown her work in galleries and museums throughout the country, was selected for the National Museum for Women in the Arts traveling exhibition in Arkansas, as well as a residency and exhibit in Tulum, Mexico. In addition to exhibits, she has been commissioned for multiple mural projects in California, Colorado, Arkansas and Tulum. Her work explores ideas of femininity, beauty and connection to nature, with fantastical narratives of mixed media drawings and paintings. At the opening of her Thea Foundation exhibition, she will have recently returned from Nepal where she instructed a workshop for the children at Koseli School in Kathmandu with Pow! Wow! Nepal.

Of her exhibition, Rutter says, “My work explores the complex ideas of femininity and beauty within fantastical and delicate environments. Strongly influenced by the Southern region in which I was raised, I create ambiguous narratives of plant life merging with human and animal forms. My drawings usually begin by ‘painting’ with hair-like algae, an intuitive process that allows me to connect with my subconscious, like one might find images in clouds. The algae provides a natural aesthetic quality, but also nods to my Southern roots and its folk tradition of found materials in art. Conflicting themes of nostalgia, vulnerability, sexuality, wonder, subtle humor and the unknown reveal a tender experience of humanity. The vernacular expressions and innate desires we have as humans to connect to ourselves and to nature are addressed consistently throughout my work, requesting a deeper understanding of our existence.”

Rutter’s exhibition will be on display at Thea Foundation May 4-31, 2018. Thea Foundation is located at 401 Main Street in North Little Rock. Gallery hours are M - F, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, visit theasartdepartment.com.

Thea Foundation
401 Main Street, North Little Rock
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