STEVENSVILLE — Kent Island Federation of Arts, at 405 Main St., Stevensville, is hosting its first-ever “Musical Lyrics Art Show” through Friday, Jan. 24.

Under the direction of past-president Linda Paez, the KIFA Board of Directors voted last year to rewrite their mission statement to support not only the visual arts but also the literary and performing arts.

“As a direct result, we now are able to enjoy the current small, but powerful, exhibit at KIFA which includes oils, photography, decoupage, and watercolor art all inspired by music,” Paez said. “The exhibit celebrates the contribution of music to the creativity of visual artists.”

A wide range of different art forms reflecting creative works inspired by the lyrics of songs are on display.

An artist’s reception was held Thursday evening, Jan. 9, with George Hall singing and playing guitar. Many of the songs he performed were the songs used to create the art in the show, with many guests singing along with him.

People’s Choice awards were voted on by those who attended the reception and presented that evening. Shelby Rehn was voted the People’s Choice winner for her oil painting “Rocky Mountain High” based on the late folk musician John Denver’s song. It was Rehn’s first entry of art ever submitted in a KIFA show.

There was a tie for second place for People’s Choice between MaryAnn Buckley, with her “Wild, Wild West” woven hanging art, and Beth Taylor, with her photo of the late Jimi Hendrix titled “Purple Haze in Greenwich Village.”

The show includes photographs, paintings, benches, climes, paper mache birds, pants with ’50 snd ’60s sayings painted on them, mini-roller skates and keys, all formed into creative forms of reflections of song lyrics.

The next show is KIFA’s annual “Human Form Show” that begins at the end of January and will hang through March 1. Entries for that show must be submitted by Jan. 27. The artists’ reception will be held Feb. 6.

For more information about KIFA, call 410-643-7424.

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