Strawn to showcase paintings by Pratt


The Art Association of Jacksonville will host an opening reception Saturday for an exhibit featuring works by Jacksonville’s Allison Pratt.

Art has long held a special place in Pratt’s life.

“I was introduced to and influenced by the local artistic community and the talent that I’ve been surrounded by for years,” she told the gallery.

She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, studying graphic design and photography, and became interested in abstract works for the freedom they allowed her to create without boundaries, she said.

“As an artist, I always challenge myself to expand my gift and my creativity,” Pratt said. “My goal as an abstract artist is not to tell you what to see, but to evoke emotions, feelings and look at things from a new perspective and not limit the imagination. I use color and movement in paintings to reflect the multitude of emotions I create in.”

The exhibition will run until April 24 at the association’s David Strawn Art Gallery.

The reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a talk by Pratt at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of April 23, when the association holds its annual Beaux Arts Ball fundraiser.

— Compiled by Angela Bauer


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