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Posted on: May 7, 2018

Artist Niki Key will be exhibiting in the Reading Room at the Main Library during the month of May.


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 Niki Key has been painting ever since she was a little girl growing up in the piney woods of east Texas. She moved to NYC in her mid-twenties to pursue her education and graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s of Studio Art from City College of New York.

After moving to Connecticut, she created the concept of the 40hourARTweek in the fall of 2016 - in which a 30”x30” canvas is brought from idea to finished oil painting in 40 hours. She uses wild contrasting vibrant hues and is especially drawn to vintage style portraiture a’la Old Hollywood Glam meets Pop Art. The entire process is filmed in time lapse and edited into a music video (which can be found on her website  40hourARTweek.com).


Currently, you can view her work at the ‘She Persisted’ exhibition in SoNo's Love Gallery (132 Washington Street) and the Norwalk Public Library (1 Belden Avenue) until June 1. She also participates in the Norwalk Art District's First Friday monthly event and will once again be displaying in the Wilton Public Library (137 Old Ridgefield Road) for their summer exhibition.


Niki can usually be found at her studio painting, teaching technique or hosting anyone-can-paint-wine-is-delicious parties. She is accepting commissions at this time and and is always looking for new opportunities to share her craft and explore her creative side. Her professional resume includes illustration of two children’s books, a self-help book cover, a pop-music album cover, mural work, merchandise graphic design and edible sculpture.


In her personal life, Niki came out of the closet at age thirty-nine (40hourARTweek7) and deeply subscribes to the concept that family is defined by love and acceptance. She co-parents her son with his father and together they are learning to define the new American modern family. She has a background in stand-up comedy, musical theatre and story-telling and is passionate about fostering community through positive action.


She aspires to one day host her own instructional painting show where she can merge her love of performance and art technique. Her studio is located in Wilton Town Center above Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe (80 Old Ridgefield Road) and welcomes visitors - but be warned - she’s a hugger. 


          


40hourARTweek.com
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