Art Around Saline Artist Spotlight: Kay Cassill

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 07/24/2017 - 11:30

Kay Cassill created “Birds of a Feather #3,” which is located on the west wall of Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack.

Cassill is currently most involved in oil as well as with water color.  Her “Art Around Saline” selection, “Birds of a Feather #3,” is oil on canvas.  She notes that she has been drawing and painting her entire life.  Her professional art career began when studying printmaking with the Master print maker Mauricio Lasansy at the University of Iowa.  She actively participates in artists’ groups including Saline Painters Guild, Ann Arbor Women Artists, and the Michigan, Missouri, Northwest and Illinois Watercolor Societies.  Impressively, her works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and art museums in Iowa, Missouri and Ann Arbor.

“My inspiration often comes from those around me as well as mythology, history and Contemporary Art.  I am strongly influenced by the works of Picasso, Rembrandt and Munch, and more contemporary artists Lasansky, Lechay and Vevers.  I love haunting old photographs with unknown histories. I love a mystery.  I would call my work Figurative Expressionism. I am not interested in a photographic rendering.  Rather, I want to make viewers think and respond emotionally, even if only subconsciously.  When I paint I am letting my Mind’s Eye lead me to something meaningful and new.”

“Art Around Saline” was initiated by the City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee and is a joint project with the Saline Main Street.   Four large framed prints of art have been installed on the exterior walls of Saline downtown businesses.  The goals of this new and unique project are to enhance and promote public art within the City of Saline, highlight the work of local artists, and increase and enhance pride in the city and its growing art culture.

The City of Saline Arts and Culture Committee and Saline Main Street would like to thank property owners and business managers for their help with installation of this display, Main Street Design Team their participation in the jurying process, to Bruce Westlake and Cindy Baxter for frame building, and Bruce Westlake and Ron Ely for installation of the four pieces.

For more information, contact to [email protected]  or Riley Hollenbaugh, Executive Director, Saline Main Street at [email protected].



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