Kathy Crabbe will be exhibiting 52 original paintings from her Lefty Oracle Deck at the Riverside Art Museum Aug. 4 to Aug. 7. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., during Arts Walk.
Crabbe spent this past year on an artistic journey, with 147 other people in a program through the Riverside Art Museum called “The 52 Project.” It was designed to help participants be more creative by setting goals, discovering their story, capturing ideas in a journal and learning about the “business” of art. This summer, those that participated will be sharing the results of the experience with 33 mini four-day exhibits and a group show.
In particular, Crabbe spent her 52-week creative exploration painting and writing daily. She realized that her “Lefty Series” had to be the focus of the exhibit.
“The Leftys are drawn with my non-dominant left hand, and they really changed me,” she said. “They helped me slow down and trust myself as I learned how to listen for the lines to lead me.”
Crabbe explained that she starts by drawing the head, and from there a character is born often with a totally made up name. She created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings which have, according to the artist, touched many lives.
“Planning this exhibit has pushed me to finish telling each of the Leftys’ stories and to self-publish a 52-card Lefty Oracle deck along with a guidebook of journal prompts, affirmations and games that I will share during my exhibit,” she said.
Crabbe grew up in Canada and moved to Temecula in 2000 and has worked as a professional artist since 1992. Her art has been exhibited at the San Diego Women’s History Museum, Orange County Museum of Art and Sawdust Art Festival. She has also been published by “We’Moon Datebook” and has mentored and taught at Mt. San Jacinto College, Inspire San Diego Studio, Wise Woman University and HGTV. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, Temecula Writer’s Cafe and Riverside Art Museum Printmaker’s Network.
The Riverside Art Museum, located on 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, can be reached by visiting riversideartmuseum.org or calling (951) 684-7111.
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