Local artist to open new exhibit

Mahaney (Submitted photo)

This Friday, Zionsville’s Kellar Mahaney will debut a new exhibit, “New Paintings: Contemporary Color Inspired.” The feature will open during the First Friday Gallery Walk and Fall Harvest at the Arts, at Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop, 617 Massachusetts Ave. in Indianapolis.

Known for her use of vivid color and abstract expressionist style, long-time Zionsville resident Mahaney is one the region’s best contemporary artists. A rewarding career in museum work and cultivating the arts includes founding of the Munce Art Center in 1981 as well as directing the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville for more than 20 years.

In 2001, she returned to painting professionally full-time and her love for the art is reflected in her paintings.

“I believe in color, energetic brushstrokes, scale and experimentation,” Mahaney said. “A row of breathtaking Cosmos flowers swaying in the breeze gives me such joy and hopefully that joy translates in my paintings.”

Mahaney’s achievements have reached beyond the canvas as her accolades include “Distinguished Hoosier” by Indiana Governor, Frank O’Bannon in 1998;  Dedication of the Munce Art Center Gallery in her name as the “Edie Kellar Mahaney Gallery”; one of “50 Over 50 Awe-Inspiring Women” by Kappa Delta Sorority (National Chapter) in 2007.

In 2008, she opened The Kellar Mahaney Gallery in Zionsville with her daughter, and today they continue to work together developing fabric designs and accessories based on her stunning collection of original paintings.

Friday’s event includes a presentation and open house by the artist from 5 to 9 p.m. The Mahaney exhibit will feature original acrylic canvases and fine art prints and will be on view at the Franklin Barry Gallery through Nov. 10.

Kellar Mahaney original paintings can be found in collections worldwide and selected images are now exclusively published through Poems Art Publishing and licensed with Posters2Prints.com.

For more information on the exhibit opening, contact Don Elliott at 822-8455 or [email protected].