The exhibition will open on Saturday, Oct. 29 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. The works will be on display through Jan. 6.
After graduating from college, visual artist, designer and educator Kim Rae Taylor initially pursued animation, specializing in backgrounds and color. She worked in Los Angeles for seven years on The Simpsons. (She worked on the first five to six seasons of the show.) Then, she went into graphic design and product design. Later, Taylor said she decided to focus on being a fine artist. In addition to creating her own art work, she has taught art at University of Cincinnati Clermont College for the past decade. She also enjoys traveling abroad.
“My grandparents, my mother’s parents, taught me how to draw. They were creative people, so I’ve been involved with art my whole life. It wasn’t like I made art as a kid, and then I stopped. It just never stopped. There was never a doubt that I wanted to do something in the arts,” Taylor said.
Describing this series of work as “abstract,” she said a lot of her art is experimental. She likes to see where it can lead her.
“When I look at it, I find different forms, whether they were intentional or not, they just sort of creep out. I like to think of it as having a playful quality, and creating a feeling of space. I use text a lot. I’m very interested in word play. I want that to project some feeling about the image itself. In a way, I like to think of it as making visual poetry,” Taylor said.
How to go
What: “Forged and Fired” exhibition
Where: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton
When: The exhibition runs from Saturday, Oct. 29, through Jan. 6. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. (as part of German Village Pubcrawl and WintersEdge events). Open regular gallery hours, which are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Closed Sunday, except for special events.
Admission: Free. Donations accepted.
More info: Go online to www.fittoncenter.org or call (513) 863-8873
More about Kim Rae Taylor: www.kimraetaylor.net