POet and Bench Jamie KeltyBonnie Powers and Jeffrey Levin, owners of the more than 7-year-old Poet and/the Bench lifestyle store and jewelry atelier space on the block of Throckmorton Ave. that includes the Cinemark Sequoia movie theater, is set to show “Peripheral Visions,” mixed media and collage by San Francisco Artist Jamie Kelty from June 6 through Sept. 30, including a chance to meet Kelty in person at a June 6th opening reception (5:30-7:30PM) at 11 Throckmorton Avenue. 

“Story is at the heart of her artworks; the raw materials and meticulous details in Jamie Kelty’s collages and mixed media paintings are magical worlds she creates to reflect memories, history and a crafted world of design,” Powers says. “Jamie’s detailed scenes use drawn images the artist cuts from her sketchbook, torn assorted papers, found or recycled 3-dimensional objects and other detritus in various forms. Acrylic paint, ink, and drawing materials are used as an underpainting and to add details, texture and design to the artwork.”

“The people Jamie features are characters she observes and imagines–whom she has drawn in her sketchbook and cut out as part of the detailed, textural collage work she employs. Colors appear in combinations of earthy and bold, giving the paintings a visceral quality and textural depth, which is at once urban and elemental. The meaningful, whimsical and layered universe she creates in each collage or mixed media painting may also share inspiration from the city of San Francisco, her love of mid-century furniture and art history.”


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