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First Friday Art Reception for Sri Rao

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Please join East End Art for our First Friday Art Reception for Sri Rao on Friday, October 7th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and wine served for this casual event. Come meet Sri and see her exhibit of beautiful Iowa landscapes as well as her new collection of jewelry.

Reception is held in the Library (next to the gallery) at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.

“The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation – Leo Tolstoy

Sri describes her process below:

Brilliant colors enhance the feeling of happiness, joy and appreciation of beauty in life. I have constantly experimented with various mediums to learn and enjoy the different combinations of what can be created. I am inspired by Colors and Composition. Beauty is the inspiration for my work and floral compositions interest me at the moment.

The process of painting is something I enjoy and the reason why I paint. I continuously search for inspirations that make it hard not to jump into my studio to paint. The process involves preparing the surface and sketching an outline to guide my painting. I pour colors, wipe, spray and layer them to create depth. During this process, I get transformed into a whole new world – my world of quietness and focus. The process is at the same time intense as I am making many decisions and feeling deep emotions.

Once the process is complete, my heart fills with joy and there is a sense of great satisfaction. I am working on exploring more of this creative process and hope to create and share the joy with you.”

– Sri Rao


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!


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