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Kim Novak coming to Youngstown with her paintings

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 21, 2014

The upper-case K in some of the spellings of her name is the way the museum did it. The official word: 

The Butler Institute of American Art, located at 524 Wick Avenue in
Youngstown, will present 27 pastel paintings by artist Kim NovaK beginning May 4 and
running through June 29, 2014. The exhibition will be seen in the Youngstown museum’s Giffuni Gallery of American Pastel Art. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 1-3 pm.

After retiring from the movie industry, Ms. Novak has devoted a great deal of time to creating works of art inspired by spirituality and nature. Portraits, interiors and landscapes are included in this show of her recent works. The artist has stated, “My style of painting is the result of striving for a harmonious union of impressionism and expressionism. I have always been influenced by life as it exists around me – touched by my past, the world of make believe – and concerned with what affects life today and how it might effect and infect life tomorrow. Through the use of symbolism I have found a way to express my passion for life, vent frustrations and experience the freedom of self-expression. This is the ultimate reward that comes to the visual artist.”

According to Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona, “Kim Novak, an American film legend, is also an immensely talented visual artist. Her pastels celebrate life and are a reminder that art in its many forms exists to raise our spirits and inspire us to see beauty throughout God’s universe.”

Audiences have always understood and loved her, yet many critics misjudged her work as too simplistic when compared to actors whose stylized performances are now viewed as outdated. In retrospect, Kim Novak’s work is receiving more acclaim with the passage of time. She is being recognized and honored for her acting ability. Novak’s most recent awards include the prestigious Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2003 Novak was presented with the Eastman (Kodak) Archives Award for her major contribution to film (prior honorees include Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep). ...

The Butler Institute’s exhibition is her first exhibition, but she is currently planning an art show in San Francisco next year. Kim NovaK’s exhibition at the Butler is a part of the museum’s Art & Healing programming. An advocate of the visual arts as a means of coping with the challenges of life, the artist has devoted her time to raising awareness of the artistic expression as a powerful means to bring stability.

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