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Mark Arts Abstract National Exhibition

May 8 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 5:00 pm

The painting Snake Charmer done by artist Christine Alfery was accepted into the Mark Arts Abstract National Exhibition.  The Abstract national exhibition will be on view May 8-July 11, 2020 in K.T. Wiedeman Gallery.

Snake Charmer has received several distinctions including acceptance into the Juried National Exhibition of the Illinois Watercolor Society and The San Diego Watercolor Society. Snake Charmer won the Irving Tashlick Abstract Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society.

For more information visit: https://www.markartsks.com/upcoming-exhibitions/

Artist Statement Christine Alfery

Snake Charmer

When I create I seek freedom – like a child’s mind when they are choosing colors from a box of crayons filled with endless possibilities.  I rarely begin a work with intent in mind – rather I let the washes and colors of the paint talk to me.

When creating Snake Charmer I began by what comes naturally – putting washes of color on the paper.  I have never before created figures so I had challenged myself to paint figures.  What happened was my “Circus Series  were I created a series of women in the circus, The Healer, The Women With the Blue Cape, Circus Diva, Trixie and Her Magic Dog and Snake Charmer.  Because I have been painting all my life, the elements and principles of design are like the genes in my body – and come naturally for me, I don’t even think about them.  But the elements of strong contrast in Snake Charmer are quite evident. Because the elements and principles of design are embedded in me they naturally allowed me to expand the work in the pursuit of creativity and discovery and the freedom – like a child’s mind – to create Snake Charmer.


May 8 @ 8:00 am
July 11 @ 5:00 pm


Mary R Koch Arts Center
1307 N Rock Road
Wichita, KS, 67206 United States