Eight-year-old artist opens her first public exhibit
By Wendy Pierman Mitzel - ReminderNews
Suffield, Windsor - posted Wed., Feb. 12, 2014
Eight-year-old Juliana McMahon is a girl with a passion for creating art. Last year, she had a goal: to have her art displayed in a public space.
“It was part of her new year’s resolution from 2013,” said her father, Patrick McMahon.
Juliana McMahon’s goal has been achieved, as her exhibit, “The World Of Art Through A Child's Eye,” opened at the Kent Memorial Library with a reception on Feb. 6.
“I’m really excited,” Juliana said. “He is an awesome dad and he can make dreams come true sometimes.”
The show features a large selection of her work, and was appreciated by many friends who attended the opening to see her artwork. Modern art, pencil drawing, collage and watercolors lined the walls.
Juliana, a third-grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Windsor, was the quintessential artist, pointing out the methods to her painting or the explanations behind a drawing.
She said she is inspired by the world around her, be it the family trips to national parks, a day at school, or visits to local museums. She explained the inspiration for her painting, “THINK TREE”: “At the Wadsworth [Atheneum in Hartford] there was an upside down tree painting and later, watching a movie, I heard the phrase, ‘Think Tree,’ so I decided to make a right side up tree.”
Juliana’s family is awed by her focus on developing her work. “It’s really cool,” said older brother Nicolas, a sixth-grader at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford. “She just sits down with all these colors and does it. She always wants to be drawing.”
Nicolas loves to share with her what he learns about art at school and was also featured at the gallery event. A few pieces of his art and a poem, “Virtues Prevail,” were displayed with pride. The poem is about love, joy and hope winning against hate, doubt and despair.
“I went to church and was inspired and went home and typed it up,” Nicolas explained. “It was like ‘poof’ out of my head. But I pretty much wasn’t paying attention in Mass. I was just thinking about all this for the poem!”
Juliana, who also lives with her mother Maricel, said she loves to share her artwork with others.
“I’m planning to sell a couple and give a couple to relatives,” she said. “Art might be a hobby, but I’m hoping it could be a career.”
“The World Of Art Through A Child's Eye,” presented by the Suffield Arts Council, is on display through Feb. 27 in the Pinney Gallery of Suffield's Kent Memorial Library.
Art shows in the Pinney Gallery are made possible through the efforts of the Suffield Arts Council, the artists, and the Kent Memorial Library staff. Those interested in displaying work in the gallery are asked to contact Fran Milliken at 860-668-7282.