Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
Kay Reist Exhibit
Kay Reist, art educator at Elizabethtown High School for 27 years, experiments with media, techniques, and themes in her off-beat collection of visual journals. At her January First Friday Opening Reception, 5-8 p.m., in the Parrot Gallery at 328 W Orange Street, Reist exhibits these along with large "sketch-a-day" calendars and biblical clay figures. "Miriam," one of her figures from the Bible, is published in the 2015 Art Journal Kickstarter.
Reist, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and Kutztown University, says she can’t remember a time that she didn’t do artwork. But it was only two years ago that an internet video caught her imagination. She discovered how to create a visual journal—a place to play with every possible technique or medium. That led to depicting themes, like “1964” (the year of her birth), or “Fourth Grade” (a year of violence). Her ongoing journal of “Figures from the Bible” confirms her love of researching her subjects.
Sketch-a-day calendar asignments challenge her students (and Reist!) to create something “art-wise” everyday. But do not pin Reist down to 2-D art only; a mind like hers explores wood, clay, and paper mache’ with great humor. Her childhood love of painting ceramics has come full circle as she enhances her 3-D creations with vivid color. The Christian Education department at her church now benefits from her whimsical story-figures, delighting adults and children alike.
It’s no surprise to hear that Reist currently studies in Penn State’s World Campus Graduate Certificate Program in Children’s Literature.