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Introducing this month's CoCA Star: Kree Arvanitas

Posted by caroline on April 7, 2016

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Kree Arvanitas and "Endangered Mandala," mixed media collage on birch panel, detail.

While much has changed since CoCA began 35 years ago, one factor is consistent: numerous passionate individuals make up all that CoCA is. We couldn't have made it this far without you! To highlight our region's wealth of talent and ideas we are launching CoCA Star, a new spotlight for a CoCA member and/or volunteer that's gone above and beyond.

We are excited to have Kree Arvanitas as our very first CoCA Star profile. Kree is showing her art in 35 Live at PS35 and will be speaking about her work at Thursday's art walk. She's also a dedicated volunteer and in-kind donor (thanks for the laptop!). Her work uses acrylic, mixed media, altered photographs and collage, which suit her explorative Libran nature. While she's always drawn and illustrated the world around her, she finally became a "professional" within the last four years when encouraged by her uncle, the painter Nick Nickolds.

"I enjoy putting odd things together, working with varied styles and historical periods. Color, anachronism and humorous cues are implements I use to explore humanity in all its angelic and demonic aspects. Some of my paintings are lush expansions on the styles I have learned in my twenty years as a henna artist; others are meatier and less subtle representations of my anarchistic internal dialogue. The hope is that the viewer will share some of the elation I feel when under the spell of a provocative creative process."

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Kree Arvanitas and her daughter recently launched a quarterly arts magazine, Enzyme Arts.

2016 marks big changes for Kree: she's retiring to work on her art and travel, while also working with her daughter Emma K. Rose on a new online quarterly magazine, "Enzyme Arts," which has a distinctive focus on art, politics and alternative fashion. The first issue is already out and chocked full of articles and photo essays. Artists and writers of all kinds can meditate on their quarterly theme via print on demand or downloadable pdf plus they welcome submissions and are already at work on the next one. Check it out at www.enzymemag.com.

See more of Kree's artwork at RebelDog Studio. We love the odd things she puts together in her art and are so thankful for her time and enthusiasm for what we do. Thanks Kree, and keep up the great work!

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