A Cup of Tea by Sandy Kennelly.

Sandra Kennelly: Pictures That Tell A Story

by | Dec 13, 2014 | Arts and Entertainment

By Susan Larson

Sandra Kennelly earned an art degree at Berkeley, and spent years painting abstract oils and acrylics in the style of Hans Hoffman, a German-born American abstract expressionist painter popular during her college years. But it was motherhood that may have most significantly influenced her career.

Kennelly had stopped painting. The responsibilities of teaching and family took all her time. She did, however, make her own cards.  “I’ve always been into photography,” Kennelly said. “Originally, I would take pictures of things I might like to paint. Then, when raising a family kept me from painting, I began to look at my photos as pictures to use on cards I’d send to family and friends.”

With the development of computer graphics, Kennelly moved beyond cards. She began to manipulate her photos into new creations. Her photographs were made to look like paintings and tell a story. Her work will be showcased at Art Frist Gallery, where she’s been a member for about six years. “Pictures That Tell A Story,” is the gallery’s featured artist exhibit for September 2014.  Kennelly’s jewelry will also be on display.

Art First Gallery is located at 824 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg. The opening reception for “Pictures That Tell A Story” will be held 6 – 9 p.m. on First Friday, September 5, 2014.

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the article first published in the September 2014 issue of Front Porch magazine, which is available in print and online.  Read the entire article about Sandra Kennelly on page 24 of the September issue.

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Previous stories on Fredericksburg area artists:
Water Street Studio Trio Creates Dynamic Arts Center
New Works by Ed King Featured at Art First
Casey Shaw Features Fredericksburg Scenes in First Solo Show
“The Color of Leaves:” New Works by Helen Butler

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