january, 2019

03jan7:30 pm9:30 pmMeeting - Speaker: Kelly Sullivan

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Our speaker this month will be Kelly Sullivan. Kelly Sullivan is an arts crusader. Born and raised in Clinton Township, New Jersey, Sullivan knew she would be an artist when she was five years old, the year her grandmother surrounded her with paint and repeated simple but encouraging words: "Don't be shy with the paint,” a refrain that stuck. In her early years Sullivan focused on musical portraiture, painting those that inspired her, including Bruce Springsteen, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Rogers and more. Her musical works graced the walls of BB Kings Blues Club in New York for years, and showed in the Ambassador Gallery in Soho alongside that of Jerry Garcia and Ron Wood. Sullivan began producing multi-artist/discipline shows in the 1980’s that evolved into hands-on experiential events featuring working studios set up to introduce inner-city kids to the power of art. Forced to worked under the constraints of a tight budget to provide a “painting experience” for guests over a week-long festival, Sullivan invented a collaborative way of painting she called FingerSmears®. Incorporating hundreds of painters, FingerSmears® use only one canvas, and no brushes. Sullivan shares her humorous and moving stories from a lifetime of art crusading from classrooms, to trade shows, to remote villages around the world. Her renditions of tribulation and triumph have audiences rethinking their limits and striving for more joy and peace in a key note presentation that addresses our societal need for creativity, compassion and connectedness. Kelly’s current focus is on painting in national parks, public lands, and remote towns around the US. Her fine art, collaborative art, and public speaking can be found at KellySullivan.Live Her website is www.kellysullivanfineart.com Date/Time: January 3, 2019 7:30 pm Location: James-Lorah Memorial Home 132 N Main St. Doylestown, PA 18901 Organizer: Doylestown Art League info@doylestownartleague.com