Stop by Freeport Community Library’s adult reading room during the month of January to appreciate the vivid, liquid colors of Kelly Burke’s poured acrylic paintings.
Kelly has always been interested and has dabbled in art, but couldn’t settle on the correct medium to work in. She first discovered acrylic pouring and fluid art in January 2019. Her normal creative outlet of singing and playing bluegrass bass with friends soon came to a screeching halt, and in the space of this unexpected lockdown, she tumbled down the instructional YouTube rabbit hole.
Acrylic pouring is a form of fluid art. It uses paint by mixing acrylics with various pouring mediums which reduce the viscosity of the paint, and can be a combination of extenders, flow agents or just plain water. There are dozens of pouring “methods,” including dirty pours, puddle pours, transfer swipes, ninja swipes, Dutch pours, blooms, and on and on. The artist can create amazing psychedelics to beautiful landscapes on canvas, ceramic tile, tabletops, glass objects – really, just about anything!
Three years on, informed by her global community of teachers, Kelly is still learning and pouring, pouring and learning. She produces and sells her paintings under her business Pour ME fluid art by KB. Kelly lives in Freeport with her husband, Dan, an accomplished woodworker responsible for the elegant frames to her pieces.
This month-long exhibit is free, open to the public, and available for viewing during regular library hours. Kelly’s work can also se seen at Michel Paul Artist Studio at 168 Water Street in Hallowell. Interested parties can reach Kelly at email@example.com.
Freeport Community Library is an avid supporter of the arts, especially those artists from our community. Each month we feature a different artist or collective. Each exhibit is month-long. FCL provides this community exhibit space to all participants free of charge.
Typically artwork goes up the first day of the month and is picked-up the last day of that month. If the library isn’t open on the 1st of the month, then artwork goes up the first day the library is open. And, if the library is closed the last day of the month then the artwork is picked-up earlier in the month.
We have 30 wooden easels that accommodate small to medium framed or matted paintings and photographs.
Artists may sell exhibited artwork. Each piece should be well signed with pricing and the artist’s contact information so that the prospective buyer can contact the artist directly. The library does not take payment for artwork. We should also be given the name of the person who is authorized by the artist to pick-up the artwork unless the artist and purchaser have made other, off-site arrangements for this. The library will not release artwork to someone stating they have purchased artwork unless we have been notified and authorized by the artist to do so.
A Loaned Material Acceptance form needs to be completed and left at the library when the exhibit is installed. It is best if the artist can plan on installing and taking down their exhibit. If for some reason the artist is unable to pick-up their artwork on the final day of the exhibit, the library will take down the exhibit and store artwork in the Director’s office for a short (2-3 day) period of time.