Artist hosts gallery at butcher

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Jessica Green with one of her oil paintings. (Submitted photo)

Jessica Green with one of her oil paintings.
(Submitted photo)

By James Feichtner

At first consideration, one would not think to have an art gallery in a butcher shop, but that’s exactly what local artist Jessica Green decided to do when looking to showcase her artwork. Debuting on Dec. 5, Green will be displaying her collection of paintings at Moody’s of Geist located at 10106 Brooks School Rd.

“It’s very unconventional obviously to have an art show at a butcher shop, but I love the facial expressions when I tell people that,” Green said. “It’s really strange and it’s also exciting.”

Titled as Brushstrokes of Geist, Green will feature dozens of her contemporary impressionist oil paintings depicting scenes from around the Geist area. She fell for the idea after her friends, involved with ownership of the Moody’s, suggested it to her back in the earlier in the year.

“They pitched the idea back in the summer and I thought it was a great opportunity just for exposure,” She said. “I let it brew in my mind about the local (aspect) and having a specific theme for a collection of work, just Geist, and keeping it local. It’s a local business, local meat and then a local artist, which is where I come in, and then all the paintings are local themed.”

Compared to other art galleries, Green said hers will be much more laidback, a style that’s fitting to her character.

“Usually you think of art openings as being kind of upscale and elite,” Green said. “It’s going to have a retail feel. People might be coming in to buy bacon but they can just grab (a painting) off the wall and take it to the cashier and take it home. I want my art to be approachable.”

Green plans to offer various sized paintings for sale to appeal to all buyers.

The opening reception will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fine meat preparations will be offered along with a raffle and charity auction. For more, visit jessicagreenartwork.com


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