Reaching for the Sky: mixed media paintings by Annoel Krider

September 5 - October 17, 2020

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"Art has been my life since I was a child. I would watch my mother paint and see that faraway look in her eyes as she worked and created and I wondered where she was.

I think that expression is what I now understand. It’s not so much what I am creating but what I feel and sense while creating. It’s about what I become while creating and when I don’t become that, at the end of the day, I am lost.

Music is an essential aspect of my art. It’s not always constant what I listen to but It does have to help send me to that place I need to be to create. Music folds around my spirit and lets my heart and mind blend, working together as the force that is responsible for my art.

I feel blessed because as an artist I experience, on a daily basis, that inner voice that speaks silently to me…. that connects me so securely to that universal life force. Creating is never about thinking. When I start thinking I know it’s time to stop what I’m doing. It’s all about sensing and feeling and never forcing but allowing.

The sometimes Native American inspiration in my work is perhaps merely a result of some past life DNA influence. It was never a decision I made yet a subtle force within me. No matter what I do it seems to appear as a pattern, or color, or essence.  At some powerful time in my past I most definitely was a part of some indigenous culture.

I was born July 31, 1951 into an artistic family. My mother was an Arts and Humanities Professor and Painter and my father was an Architect, Historian and Pianist. 

I was the recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship as well as New York Council of the Arts Sponsored Work Grant. 

In the decades of my art career I’ve had many exhibitions some of which include a One woman show at Fire On Main Gallery in Soap Lake, Washington, Year of the Horse Show at Visions West, Livingston Montana, Ancient Inspiration Show, Carlyn Gallery, New York, New York, Tapestry and Clay Show at the Elizabeth Fortner Gallery in Santa Barbara, California and a One Woman Show at Glass Growers Gallery, Erie, Pennsylvania…..

Presently I’m represented by Taos Blue, Taos New Mexico, Glass Growers Gallery, Erie Pa, Gallery 46, Lake Placid NY and the Corscaden Barn Gallery in Keene Valley, NY.

- Annoel Krider




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