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Art Exhibits

December 2022: Kanta Lipsky

“There & Back Again” – A Round the World Art Show
Solo painting exhibit in the Community Room

Artist reception: December 8th, 4:00-6:00 pm
Virtual Opening: December 12th at 7pm – email wt_mail@clamsnet.org for the Zoom link.

A beautiful and compelling show of new paintings by West Tisbury artist Kanta Lipsky will be on display during December in the Community Room at the West Tisbury Library. These paintings reflect Kanta’s travels to France, Greece, Italy, as well as her return home to the Vineyard landscape. The island landscapes share a bright, quick energy that is often found when painting outdoors, a technique called plein aire.

The title of Kanta’s show, There & Back Again, describes the subject of these paintings. Kanta sees the work as falling into three categories. A group of small paintings featuring sunflowers will be sold to generate income to the World Central Kitchen for Ukraine, with 30% of sales donated by the artist. A second group includes views of France, Greece and Italy painted on trips taken before the pandemic. This will be the first presentation of these paintings. And finally ‘Back Again’ will exhibit Vineyard plein aire scenes. As a painter, Kanta gravitates to serenity and balance. The paintings of Vineyard landscapes–the long beaches, the stunning sunsets melting into the seas in Aquinnah, the fresh greens of the West Tisbury fields–all offer a window into that feeling of balance and harmony that is so nourishing to the heart and the eye.

Kanta is well-known on the Vineyard as a yoga and Chi Kung teacher. She has spent many years teaching Chi Kung in her “Balance” classes, helping to calm and energize her students as they find inner peace.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapy and Holistic Studies from Lesley University.

Kanta has been painting en plein aire for over 10 years, showing at the Old Sculpin Gallery, Galaxy Gallery, Art in Bloom at the MV Garden Club, and Featherstone Center for the Arts. She has had solo shows at the Vineyard Playhouse and the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Kanta is a co-founder of AIRE MV, a group of Vineyard artists that paint outside together. She is most comfortable working in oils, but also enjoys the freshness of pastel and the excitement of mixed media.

The show is free and open to the public during library hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 6 on Monday through Thursday, 10 to 5 on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 12 p.m to 4. A reception will be held Saturday, December 8, from 4 to 6 pm and is open to the public. Kanta will host a virtual opening a few days later, on December 12, at 7 p.m. Contact the library for the link. For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview, please call the library at 508-693-3366 or email artwtfpl@gmail.com

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The West Tisbury Library hosts monthly art exhibits in the beautiful Community Program Room. Art exhibits are arranged by the West Tisbury Library Art Committee. If you are interested in scheduling an exhibit, please contact the Art Committee Chair at artwtfpl@gmail.com.