George artist featured at library
Longtime local businesswoman Kim Bacon is the featured artist at the Quincy Public Library.
“Kim’s work is unusual,” said Roxa Kreimeyer, a library volunteer who helps organize the community art gallery. “She is very competent. Everybody who has seen her exhibit is really excited. We are really grateful to have her.”
Bacon, who previously painted a mural for the library, was honored when Kreimeyer invited her to share her work with the community.
“I picked some of my favorite pieces to display even though I am a bit partial to all of the pieces I have done,” Bacon said. “I think the Quincy library is a beautiful building and I love the different art and artists that have contributed to it. I have spent time researching different books and photos for many projects and the staff is always so helpful.”
An Arkansas native, Bacon nurtured her love of color and art while employed as a professional makeup artist. She also went to beauty school and owned her own hair salon in Edmonds for a time.
“I learned so much about color theory doing hair,” she said. “I got started painting with a simple stencil class and from there I had found a new interest.”
Then, at a convention in 1997 of the International Decorative Artisans League, Bacon’s eyes were opened up to a world of art she never knew existed.
“IDAL’s members are muralists, decorative painters, plaster artists and some of the most talented people this industry has to offer,” Bacon said. “I am also involved with a local chapter of IDAL in Seattle, and it is there I have taken many classes in decorative painting and mural work. I have learned to paint on many different surfaces as well as with many different mediums.”
Bacon’s work exemplifies diversity in art. From full-size paintings done with acrylic paints to pieces that use plaster and decorative art, the list of projects in her repertoire may be endless. As an artist, Bacon enjoys working on many different types of surfaces.
“I get inspirations from a lot of different things depending on what I am doing,” she said. “I look at natural elements, books, the Internet and especially from my artist friends. I don’t work in homes anymore but I now do all my work on canvas or other surfaces that can go into a client’s home. Most of my work now is also custom to fit a customer’s art needs.”
Most recently Bacon finished a mural for George Elementary School, where she works full time as a para-educator. The colorful mural encourages students to read. It felt good to create something just for the fun of creating, she said of the project.
“Color is an amazing thing and to me it makes the world go round,” Bacon said. “I get great joy creating something custom for someone, and I also love to share my knowledge and encourage others to find that artist deep within himself or herself. I love to teach art to adults and children. I now am available for teaching private art lessons or art parties.”
Bacon’s work is featured through June at the library, 208 Central Ave. S. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributer