Friday, July 20, 2012

Artist's reception, tonight

Christine Klinger at Springs Gallery
 6-9 p.m.

Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs is pleased to present new, abstract paintings by Christine Klinger of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The show includes pieces from her current, abstract Undersea Circus series. The exhibit runs July through September, with an artist reception on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 6 to 9 PM; this coincides with the Village’s Third Friday “Fling in the Springs.” Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

In her artist statement, Klinger says: “I have always been attracted to the circus. I love the fantasy of running off to join a troupe of artists whose whole life is travel and performing. When I was younger I studied dance for many years and I had a child’s trapeze on my swing set. I used to pretend I was a circus performer: the skilled and graceful bareback rider, the comedic, trickster clown and, especially, the daring, free-flying trapeze artist. I see the circus as containing countless metaphors for life, love and art, and I enjoy thinking about these as I paint. I like to paint intuitively, where anything can happen. For example, as I began to work on the first piece in my circus series, it spontaneously ‘told me’ it wanted to be underwater; so I went with the flow, so to speak.”

Christine Klinger is a Yellow Springs, Ohio, artist, art educator, and owner of Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs. She began her career in photojournalism and fine art photography, working in the field and teaching. Klinger also practiced and taught sculpture for many years before diving into painting. She has a masters in Photojournalism from Ohio University and a bachelors in Psychology from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She received a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Montgomery County (OH) Arts & Cultural District for 2009/2010.

Klinger has been studying and painting since 2006, and was granted an Artist in Residency in painting and photography from the State of South Carolina’s A.I.R. Program in Spring, 2011. She has won awards for her photography, sculpture and painting, and has exhibited in galleries throughout Ohio, South Carolina and California, and is in many private collections.

Springs Gallery, located in Kings Yard at 220 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, exhibits and sells a wide variety of original fine arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. The gallery also hosts small art classes and workshops. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 7 PM and, on the 3rd Friday (Fling in the Springs), Noon to 9 PM. For more information call 937-937-409-5047, email, or visit or Facebook.

Photo: “Trapeze Artists,” acrylic on canvas, 12” x 16”, photo and painting by Christine Klinger

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