Kerry Hirth

Show ran from 8/1/2013 to 8/17/2013

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Kerry Hirth is an artist and musician with a natural ability to hear musical harmony in color. Hirth uses that blending of experience to convey the beauty of songs and instrumental music in long, colorful pastel paintings. The paintings in the series This Land is Your Land are her effort to go beyond the harmony, or chords, she hears to other dimensions of music such as melody and lyrics.

The series takes its name from the well-known Woody Guthrie tune, which she has used as the basis of many of the paintings. The lyrics to Guthrie’s song contain references to the natural environment in the United States, including forests, valleys, and deserts, as well as the sunlight, sky and water that surround us. The paintings of This Land is Your Land use color, instead of words, to honor and reflect our natural surroundings.  Look for the colors of sunsets, birch trees, green wheat fields and butterfly wings, as well as the Badlands, the Missouri Ozarks, the arctic and the fiery surface of the sun.

After carefully studying music for so many years, Hirth truly began to see musical patterns in nature.  She transforms the experience of music and gives it a sense of time and place.