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Art Show by Kim Zarney

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us to experience Kim Zarney’s art work at Western Reserve Land Conservancy! Born in Medina, Ohio, Kim Zarney attended Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Zarney has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and advertising agency creative director. Recently renewing his fine arts career, he is actively building a body of work with a specific focus on contemporary monochromes inspired by elements of the natural world. His work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Kim Zarney’s Artist Statement:

I enjoy the physical act of painting.

I also have an affinity for the unpretentious honesty reflected in preliminary sketches and studies. Simple, spontaneous gestures put down quickly to capture an idea, a feeling, the play of light, a shadow or a texture. Art pieces not created to be viewed or thought of as finished works. In many cases, they were never meant to be seen by anyone but the artist. They’re intuitive and very personal.

These physical and unscripted works have an abstract quality that’s void of details and extraneous colors. What’s left on the paper is the essence of the artist’s thoughts. To me, the aesthetic appeal is timeless. That’s how I approach my monochrome pieces. Not as direct renditions of my selected subject matter but as abstract expressions of the natural world that leave room for interpretation.

Using water-soluble oils on coated paper and high-density synthetic panels, I work quickly to develop the initial layers of line, texture and tone. The versatility of this medium gives me the opportunity to work back through sections of wet or drying paint with brushes, sharpened twigs, rags, sponges, palette knives and my fingers.

Seen at a distance, or studied close up for the graphic details, each finished painting invites the viewer to participate in the creative process. Nothing is hidden.

Kim Zarney’s work will be on display at Western Reserve Land Conservancy April 3, 2019 through June 3, 2019. The Land Conservancy’s Conservation Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5 PM.


Please join us for a reception with the artist on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5 – 7 PM. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided. Casual attire.


April 17
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Madison Shaheen


Western Reserve Land Conservancy Conservation Center
3850 Chagrin River Road
Moreland Hills, OH 44022 United States
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