Art-lovers attend reception for Dian Kingsbury

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Artist Dian Kingsbury and her son, Jerrold, are extremely pleased with the exhibit. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Artist Dian Kingsbury and her son, Jerrold, are extremely pleased with the exhibit. Photos by Lisa Stone.

A reception for a show by Enfield artist Dian Kingsbury was held at the Kent Memorial Library's Pinney Gallery on Dec. 12. The award-winning artist placed several of her works on display for the public to see in the gallery, as well as hanging on several walls in the library. The artist calls the exhibit “Boundaries Dissolved” because she incorporates all of her talents into one exhibit. It will be on display through Dec. 29.

The Suffield Arts Council was proud to present this exhibit of fine art and decorative art that was created by Kingsbury. “I am just one of a long line of artists for this exhibit, but I am very honored to be among them,” said Kingsbury. “It is so wonderful to pull my work out of storage and be able to share them with others. Some are not for sale. They mean too much to me to be able to part with them.” Kingsbury reflected on several pieces that were created many years ago. There are works that she had done in her early art classes in the 1980s. “The Fat Faced Angel is very dear to me. When we were making our angels in my art class, I noticed that the angels were all thin, so I decided to make mine a chubby-faced angel. I found her adorable and she means a great deal to me,” she said. This is one of the pieces that are not for sale.

The exhibit is an accumulation of many years of work, as well as a collection of different types of artwork. Her talents include colored pencil drawings, pastels and decorative painting. Kingsbury feels that decorative painting does not get the praise that it once did. “I started my art career with decorative painting and I feel that people just don’t seem to be as drawn to that as they once were, and that is too bad,” she said. “I, on the other hand, love this method. I learned early on in my career that something strange happens to me when I talk about using color in my work. My mouth actually begins to water.” Kingsbury attributes her sharpened skills to her early years of decorative painting. “That work led to my curiosity for other art medias. I kept progressing throughout my career. I would perfect one media and find a new interest in some other art form. Now, I have several art pieces from each media.”

According to Kingsbury, the art exhibit wouldn’t have been as successful without the help of her son, Jerrold. “I am her assistant. I lug, haul and drag,” he said. Jerrold is an artist in his own right. He has pieces in the exhibit as well. His media is fiber art. “In junior high school, we were taught how to sew. This piqued my interest and inspired my creative side. For the past seven years or so, I have been creating works with fiber art. It’s nice to be able to display them in this exhibit with my mother’s work.”

One of Kingsbury’s first art instructors, Janice Cormier, was at the exhibit. “Janice is extremely important to me,” said Kingsbury. “Janice was very instrumental in my artistic career. She now teaches in her Ellington school, Country School House for Decorative Painting. She and another early teacher of mine, Shirley Day, are incredibly important to me.”

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