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Kathlyn Avila - Dec 2015

Kathlyn Avila: "No Ordinary Woman"

December 10 – January 3

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 10, 6:30-8:00 pm


Kathlyn Avila’s exhibit “No Ordinary Woman” is composed of mystical and quirky ceramic figures that are full of character. Her figures are rich in color, pattern, and texture, and embody the spirit of the unforgettable personalities that crossed her path as a child. Her exhibit will be featured at The Art League Gallery, December 10, 2015–January 3, 2016.

“No Ordinary Woman” grew out of Avila’s childhood interest in the women in her community, especially those considered to have “special powers” – reading palms, healing, hexing – whether real or imagined. Though inspired by people Avila has encountered, her figures embody “familiar souls” that viewers can recognize regardless of where or when they grew up. Each figure is an expression of a unique individual, whose story is told through adornment, symbolism, and gesture.

“The host of personas that made up my neighborhood always enthralled me. Growing up as an African American in the fifties and sixties, I lived in communities that were segregated. And yet, the diversity found inside these small communal pockets encompassed rich and poor, educated and uneducated and a patchwork of every type of disposition in between. It was a potpourri of individuals that exposed me to a theater of characters of every dimension.”

Alexandria-based artist Kathlyn Avila earned her BS from Virginia State University, her M.Ed. from Marymount University, and certifications in Art Education from Northern Virginia Community College and the Corcoran School of Art. As a lifelong educator, Avila has planned and taught workshops for the Smithsonian Institution, the African American Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has worked on art education projects with the Mexican organization Acceso Libre, and the Peruvian organization La Asociación Nacional de Familiares de Secuestrados, Detenidos y Desaparecido. Avila has exhibited her work at numerous galleries, universities, and institutions. She currently teaches handbuilding ceramics classes for The Art League.

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Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.



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