HAVEN PROPERTIES GALLERY – AMY MCKAY
New venue, Haven Properties Gallery, welcomes Amy McKay for the upcoming October Art After Dark on October 3rd. The show is titled, “More Important Things,” as is one of the pieces in the show. This is a collection of 9 original paintings and 4 prints that are largely reflective of Amy’s main source of inspiration, put simply: the mundane, the everyday, the seemingly unremarkable moments of life.
Amy McKay is a painter who works primarily with acrylics on canvas or wood. Born and raised in Northern California, she now lives with her husband and two children in San Luis Obispo. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Landscape Architecture and has been balancing a professional life in landscape design, painting and motherhood on the Central Coast for the last 19 years. Her work has been shown in a variety of solo and group exhibits in SLO County over the last 8 years, including two permanent installations as part of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Art Box project in the downtown area.
“I am constantly overwhelmed by the natural disasters, political unrest and violence that is fed to us through our news sources on a daily basis. It is a constant reminder to me that focusing on the simple joys of life is critical to a healthy heart and mind. My work is a direct reflection of that thought process and a view into the small moments that I believe are worth noting, pausing for, and contemplating. They are not monumental events, but rather the seemingly mundane moments of life that may be a source of frustration–like folding laundry or children not putting shoes away, or those moments that may simply be overlooked– the view out your window every day, or the fresh vegetables from your local farm share. If we can’t pause to appreciate these small events, I’m afraid we will miss the abundant joy that’s happening right under our noses, in the present moment. As a society, we spend so much time contemplating what happened in the past or what we need to do in the future that the present moment – this moment in which you are reading my statement – passes us by without acknowledgement. And really, this moment is all we have.”
You may also get more information on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/amymckay.painting