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July Gallery Schedule

"Journey of CHANGE"

An Artwork Exhibit by Brandi Ranabargar

The exhibit runs from July 5th through July 29th

Reception will be held Saturday July 8th from 1pm - 3pm

Brandi grew up in southeast Kansas and became interested in art while in grade school. She soon wanted to enter contests and was successful in winning first place with her portrait of the family dog. She continued her interest in art throughout middle school and high school. She focused for a time on her family and bringing up her two sons. She would later receive an A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems as well as a business certificate from Neosho County Community College while continuing her focus on her family. After her sons had left home and started lives of their own, she began devoting more time to her art, particularly painting, developing a special interest in the abstract. Ranabargar says: “Going full force now, there is no stopping to is to come next”. Thus, she earned the nickname Flybysuze.

Ranabargar’s art demonstrates a variety of processes and the use of a number of objects. She explains: “No matter what is used, the artwork is created through my hands; I just let it flow out of me, and not knowing what it will become excites me.” “’Journey of Change’ represents changes in life, all of the changes surrounding people each day.”

Urban, bold, serene, bright, fun, unique, deep, retro and edgy are just a few words used to describe the abstract paintings of Flybysuze. Lines, shapes and many layers occur in each and every painting, using a variety of processes with acrylic, gouache, oil and numerous products for multi-media effects, painted with everything from paint brushes and palette knives, to combs and other random objects. “I love creating new art, whether it’s a painting or an object up-cycled into something as an art piece.” “As an example, a parking meter was painted and changed from an old piece of metal to a great piece of art, or an old shell of a 1953 Motorola TV was made into a lighted storage piece to hold records.”

“My art changes, depending on my emotions that day causing a wide variety of abstraction. My inspiration comes from numerous artists such Kandinsky, Kooning, Matisse, Hartigan, Schwabacher, Frankenhaler, Pollock, Klimt, and Irwin. My favorite piece is ‘The Kiss’ by Klimt. I love sculptures from all kinds of media, especially industrial metal art. I absolutely love taking photos of random objects; I see the beauty in things that people normally don’t notice.”