By Punch Preview Correspondent Lindsey Clark
The rain may have relocated the opening of DC-based artist Kari Kant’s debut show, “Abstraction,” but it certainly didn’t have any effect on the turnout – the 11th floor offices of the Homer Building downtown on 13th Street were filled with people who came out despite the downpour to see the self-taught painter’s work. True, it was a bummer not seeing the penthouse views from the Newseum Residences (the original location for the show), but Kant’s emotive paintings would draw a crowd to any venue – panoramic scenery or not.
Hailing from the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Kant came to DC in 2004 and initially began working as a staff assistant on the Hill. Now dividing her time between commissioned art projects and her work in government affairs, Kant has only been painting since 2009 – which is pretty hard to believe when you look at her impressive catalogue. The apartment near the Capitol where Kant lives also serves as the art studio where she produces her abstract expressionist style paintings. Thick with layers, texture and plenty of depth, they reveal an obvious talent, and given that some of her canvases stretch to a monumental 8 feet, she clearly has plenty of it.
Also displaying work alongside Kant was Sabra Rogers, an 11 year old Virginia painter on a mission to share what she sees in her mind’s eye – and considering that all of her paintings bore “sold” stickers on them, it’s a vision that others are equally excited about seeing.
Proceeds from the evening’s event will be donated to Tracy’s Kids – a DC area non-profit that provides art therapy to children with cancer.
As the Punch Premiere Correspondent, Lindsey covers all things music and theater related. When not writing for Pamela’s Punch, Lindsey has a seriously sweet gig as Executive Assistant at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.gov). Aside from writing and seeing as much live music as possible, you can usually find her on a running trail, in front of a painting, staring at her dog, Lincoln, or hanging out with her big sister and fellow Punch Correspondent Niki Clark. Follow her on twitter @lindseykayclark. Contact Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.