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Kelly Holt

When: Jan. 2-March 9 2014

For her mixed-media paintings in an exhibit at River Arts in Morrisville titled “Where,” Vermont artist Kelly Holt says she drew inspiration from Paul Gauguin’s painting “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” That 1897 oil, created in Tahiti, ostensibly represents the stages of life. If symbolic, Gaugin’s painting is figurative, which radically distinguishes it from Holt’s abstractions. Looking at them, viewers might not guess that she is “addressing how turbulence changes direction in a planned path.” But who cares? Whatever we see in her layered surfaces of acrylic, oil, graphite, pastel and patches of kozo paper, the looking is a most engaging visual journey. The exhibit extends through March 9. Pictured: “Dancing Barefoot.

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