Woodstock artist Kristina Laurendi Havens has been working on the 36 paintings in the “Woodstock Vignettes” series for two years, and now she offering the public a chance to see her works in anticipation of a charity art auction in September.
Havens was at Cooper Coin coffee shop for the First Friday celebration last week in the inaugural display of her works that bring the downtown area to life. The paintings will be on display at various locations this year leading up to the auction to benefit the capital fund of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.
“When I walk around the city, I see so many moments of everyday life, as I am on my way to yoga classes or just strolling around,” Havens said. “I use my camera to capture the scenes to paint, and I am constantly snapping shots.”
Havens said she loves capturing everyday moments, such as people dining, or talking, and the old buildings and recognizable landmarks of the city provide a perfect backdrop.
“What is really wonderful is the way the paintings speak to people. They will tell me memories of the buildings. They will have long conversations with me after seeing the paintings, they email me. It is just rewarding,” she said.
Havens said when she began the project, she had no idea where it was going to lead. Right now she has the 36th painting on her easel, she said.
The artist works in a studio downtown, giving her easy access to scenes of city life, she said.
The public is invited to view the series of paintings and meet the artist in various Woodstock locations and to hear the stories of the people, places and thoughts behind the series.
The tour will culminate in a fundraiser auction event where each painting in the “Woodstock Vignettes” series will be available to the public for purchase. The exact date of the event has not been set.
Before opening her studio, Havens earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Buffalo State College, and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a master of fine arts in painting from Texas Christian University.
Havens also teaches at her studio in Woodstock at 8594 Main Street in Woodstock.
For more information about the “Woodstock Vignettes” series and tour and the capital campaign for Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, visit elmstreetarts.org.