Artist Feature: Krista Harris
As the Bayfield library opened at the end of last month, the renovated space was beautiful, but something was missing. “It didn’t feel like we were finished until the artwork was added,” says the library’s Judy Poe, who is also the Art Display coordinator. “We are fortunate to have such an amazingly talented artist living here in Bayfield.” Poe’s referring to artist Krista Harris, a full-time artist whose work hangs in numerous private and public collections, both nationally and internationally.
Over a dozen of her pieces are currently on display at the Pine River Library through the end of April. One of the most noticeable pieces, titled “Skydiving,” holds a prominent place above the library’s new fireplace. “It really took that particular painting to pull the entire space together. It’s beautiful,” says Poe. Harris says her work is modern, with abstract expressionist traditions, and her inspiration comes from nature; particularly, the “emotion and poignancy of light.”
Born in Virginia, and raised in North Carolina, Harris received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from East Carolina University. From there, she relocated to the Bayfield area, where she lives today. On Thursday, April 18, the Pine River Library will host an artist reception inside the library, starting at 7pm. Community members are invited to see the art display, and also meet Krista Harris at the event.