Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Letting Her Light Shine

                           (L to R - Beth Burns, Lisa Cheeley, Kathy Fincher, Laura Rhodes, Penny Anne Machemehl.)

That’s the first feeling you have when you meet Kathy Fincher, a gifted artist known for capturing the very essence of children in a “feminine Rockwell” style and telling heart-warming stories through her artwork.  Her creations simply capture your heart the moment you view them and the light, the layers, the details, pull you in deeper and deeper the longer you gaze.  Oh, it’s a little bit of heaven on earth viewing her artwork!
Imagine our delight at meeting her in person today at her current art exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.  I had read about her show on Demdaco’s facebook page and quickly organized a trip with my dearest friends, a small Bible study group that has met for over 22 years.  Little did we know that our trip would become a lesson.
We arrived at the art center as Kathy and her friend, another Laura, were leaving for lunch following a full morning session.  Kathy recognized one of our group members as an acquaintance and a lively conversation began, introductions were made and the next thing we knew, our little group was given a private art tour by Kathy Fincher herself!  She does “light up" a room!  The stories behind each of her pieces of artwork were absolute treasures and had us laughing, reflecting and being inspired for close to an hour. 
But, the real art treasure was Kathy Fincher herself … refreshingly honest, transparent, inspiring, and encouraging.  Her artwork moved us and touched us, and she inspired us to the core.
I think we all came away humming a line from an old children’s song …

This little light of mine, 
I’m going to let it shine. 
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” 

Kathy’s paintings all shine with light, but for our little group today, the biggest reflection of light was Kathy Fincher herself.