Barbara Kennison Shares Her “Artistic Expression” with Exhibit at TADL Main Library

Artistic Expression

Announcing Barbara Kennison’s art exhibit at the Traverse Area District Library’s Main Library (610 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49686) in the McGuire Community Room. The exhibit is currently on display through November 18, 2016, and includes abstract paintings, watercolors, and pen & ink drawings.¬†You are welcome to attend a Closing Reception of the art exhibit and meet Barbara on Thursday, November 10, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

About the Artist

Barbara Kenninson, Ph.D., recently retired as a private practice therapist in in Traverse City, MI. She graduated from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a double major in nursing and art. While a graduate student at the University of Washington, studying Psycho-Social Nursing, Barbara taught art classes at a private Catholic high school for girls in Seattle, Washington. She later earned a Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan. Barbara has used her artistic talents in her practice, especially when working with young children and teens suffering from some forms of psychological trauma. She has coordinated and directed several exhibits, including a photography exhibit at the Chicago Ritz Carlton Hotel, depicting differing roles of nursing, and a Children’s Art Exhibit at St. Paul’s Student Parish in Big Rapids, Michigan. Barbara has a deep interest in abstract design in pen, ink, watercolor and acrylic media. Her abstract work reveals a character of free-flowing and intersecting patterns reflecting observations in natural phenomena. Another focus of her artwork is creating soft sculptures of human female figures reflecting various ages and life roles. Each sculpture is composed of colorful fabrics of varying textures and densities suggesting movement in the garment with adornments that speak to the character of each figure’s role in community life.