The paintings capture details of wildlife creatures and their surroundings. Images include fish, birds, dragonflies and turtles.
Theiss portrays the artistry of nature in her paintings. The subjects come in many shapes and expressions.
“However, they are all creations of absolute poetry,” Theiss said.
The public will be allowed to see and learn more about the exhibit during the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, in the gallery.
The third floor gallery will feature the artwork from “Our Voice Through Art,” a program highlighting adult artists with disabilities.
In keeping with the theme of nature, music for the gallery walk will be provided by the acoustic band, Rock Spring Dulcimer Group.
Another added feature will be a visit from Ken Frye, director of Scovill Zoo. Frye will have a barn owl with him at the gallery walk. “So that people can see one up close and personal,” said Sue Powell, Gallery Director for Decatur Area Arts Council. “It will look just like the one in Kellie Rae’s painting.”
Powell invited Theiss to the gallery because of her artistic background. “She is an accomplished artist,” Powell said. “She uses techniques reminiscent of the Renaissance period. She has a lot experience and major training. ”
Theiss's formal art education began at the University of Nebraska.
“Or maybe as a student of my beloved Grandmother Fuzzy Johnston-Way,” she said.
Her education took her to more than 27 countries as well as Accedemia de Riaci in Florence, Italy, and the University of Minnesota. “I have worn many hats for the arts as an educator, as owner and director,” Theiss said. “I am a master painter, a teacher, a writer and a poet, also a woodcarver.”
Although she has studied various styles and subjects, her work for the past 30 years has focused on fish, birds, insects and botanicals, many of which surround her Minnesota studio.
“I paint portraits of the kings and queens of the natural world,” Theiss said. “I am but a student of their kingdom.”
The artist's focus is to provide images of how fragile and brief the creatures are in their physical world. She also parallels the human existence with the natural world.
“We are responsible to observe, appreciate and protect them,” she said. “I hope that my work reflects these statements, and that I am creating a stronger connection to nature and a sense for protecting it.”
November Art Exhibits
ANNE LLOYD GALLERY. Minnesota artis Kellie Rae Theiss paintings “Love of Nature” will be displayed in the Madden Arts Center throughout the month. The First Friday Gallery Walk will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.
The third floor of the arts center will feature “Our Voice Through Art,” an art program for young adults with disabilities.
BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER. The Paris art center will display the 63rd Annual Fall Show Juried Exhibition until Nov. 10.
Beginning Nov. 17, “Works by Paris Artist Millie Arp” will be featured. An open reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. The work will be displayed until Dec. 29.
BLUE CONNECTION. The Millikin University's student-run art gallery will feature the paintings of Millikin art students Sydney Doherty and Lea Cameron. Both artists will be available during the First Friday Gallery Walk at 6 p.m.
DECATUR AIRPORT GALLERY. The paintings of Sue Watts will be displayed at the Airport Gallery throughout November.
FLOURISHES GALLERY AND STUDIOS. The downtown Shelbyville gallery will feature exhibits from artist Annette Russo titled “Reigning Cats and Dogs” in the gallery. Studio D will display the “A Tribute to Sue McConnell.” The artwork Carol Kessler will be featured in the Beaux Arts Ballroom along with the Illinois Student Art Association. The exhibits will be displayed until Jan. 13.
For an appointment, call (217) 827-5690.
GALLERY 510. Jessica Disbrow's watercolors will be featured at the Gallery 510 throughout November. She will be available during First Friday Gallery Walk, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. An artist's talk will be at 6:30 p.m.
GIERTZ GALLERY. Beginning Nov. 13, Parkland College Gallery will feature the sculpture exhibit “2017 State of the Art: Ceramics Invitational.” A reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The exhibit will be displayed until Feb. 3.
For more information, visit www.artgallery.parkland.edu.
HISTORY ROOM. Decatur Public Library's local history room will feature historical pictures and memorabilia on local subjects, including Carnegie Library, South Side County Club, Decatur subways, remembering the Mule Barn and history of Coca-Cola Bottling in Decatur.
KRANNERT ART MUSEUM. The University of Illinois art museum will display the main level Contemporary Gallery the exhibit “Coveting Nature.” Nature works of early European countries will be the focus. The display will be open until Dec. 22.
The east gallery will feature the exhibit “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” until March 24, 2018.
The exhibit “Propositions On Revolution” will be featured throughout the main level's west gallery as well as in the Gelvin Noel Annex and Light Court. The exhibit will be displayed until Dec. 22.
LINCOLN ART INSTITUTE. The Lincoln Art Institute will display the the Holiday Show and Sale at the Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. Mclean St. The exhibit will be available until Dec. 17.
Call (217) 651-8355 for an appointment.
PERKINSON ART GALLERY. Kirkland Fine Arts Center's art gallery will feature the work of the Millikin Art Department and Center for Entrepreneurship high school art exhibition. Art work from local students will be on display until Nov. 18.
Beginning Nov. 27, Art Therapy student, Taryn Pepping will display her paintings and ceramics.
ROCK SPRINGS NATURE CENTER. Rock Springs Nature Center's north wing art gallery will display the work of the Barn Colony Artists.
Photography of David Castor will be featured in the south gallery of the nature center.
Both exhibits will be on display until the end of the December.
UNIVERSITY GALLERIES. Illinois State University art gallery will feature Dianna Frid's exhibit “It Takes Time” and Erin Washington's “Light Touch.” The exhibits will be featured in the gallery until Dec. 17.
UPSTAIRS GALLERY. The photography of Doug Bergeron will be displayed at the Decatur Public Library’s second floor gallery throughout November.
WILDFLOUR ARTISAN BAKERY AND CAFE. Judy Kimmons paintings by will be featured at the artisan cafe throughout the month.