Reborn with alterations!
Imagine viewing a photograph so dramatically altered digitally, that the original image is lost in transformed impressionistic colors, or pop- art edges, or post modern abstractions. One might wonder, "How was this art made? Was their ever a photograph?" Like artists throughout art history that have altered what defines the concept of art, Flanagan inspires an examination of the question, "Is traditional style art still valid if it's digital?"
Julie Flanagan's unexpected slant on reinterpreted photos was born directly out of the sudden altering her lifestyle. An unwelcome change that would become a serendipitous consideration of combining the concepts of art and change, as they relate to preconceived notions about art.
She will do this with YOUR photograph too. Cell phone picture can become a 60" wide impressionistic mural "painting" above your couch.
Using the momentum of a long, illustrious art education career combined with the fresh perspective from her extending stays in the Washington DC area, Julie has jumpstarted a new art career.
In Kansas City she hosted her own show at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, showing over 24 pieces in their Gallery Underground. She’s been accepted into the Prairie Village Art Fair and three artworks have been featured in their 2018/19 promotions: KC magazines, Facebook and Instagram logos. She had a one night show at the "Studio Above" in the Kansas City Crossroads selling 2/3s of her work. She received 2nd place in a juried show at "The Arts Center" gallery in Overland park KS.
In Alexandria VA, she's earned the status of permanent exhibitor at the prestigious Torpedo Factory's Art league Gallery. Her art is often accepted into their monthly juried exhibits as well, chosen over 500-700 submitters. The Art League Gallery enjoys having her on call as a staff member.
In Arlington, her work was accepted to into two nationally juried show, "This is America" and “Signs of the Times” at DC’s Gallery Underground receiving Honorable Mention award.
Flanagan has obtained a variety of experiences that enhance her artistic outlook. As a former Kansas University artist and athlete and known in Kansas City for her creativity, she's hosted 26 monthly arts and crafts segments on CBS's KCTV5's Better Kansas City Show. In 2004, she founded "ARTrageous Creative Studio" where she taught art to over 2300 loyal Kansas City families. She earned a second degree in Art Education from Avila University in 1998 while achieving "Master Teacher" status at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, focusing on underserved pre-teens for 28 years. She also taught 15 years at Nativity Parish Grade School, Leawood KS and many workshops for homeless families at ReachKCK, ReStart and IHN. As current co-chair of Prairie Village Arts Council and the Archdiocesan Catholic Fine Arts Council, she's curated and hosted countless juried exhibits and openings.
"I am fueled by an outlook rooted in gratitude"