Jenny King, owner of J. King Art Gallery & Studio, will unveil a new painting for her “Human Touch” exhibit that will reflect the impact that the news has had on her.
“I had an entire body of work planned to support the ‘Human Touch’ show, but I’ve decided to go in a completely different direction,” said King, a Pope High graduate. “The recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon has resonated deep within me and needs to come out on canvas.”
King’s family ties connect her with Boston. Her husband, Rob, is a former Beantown resident and his family lives in the city. Even though her in-laws did not attend the marathon, she wanted to make sure they were safe.
“When I first heard it, I was just taken aback,” King said. “The first thing I did was call Bob, my father-in-law. I just wanted to make sure they were OK.”
Her painting will reflect the concept of a hero’s touch and how their bravery can uplift a nation in a time of crisis.
“It’s supposed to be about hope and faith. And that’s why it fits into the ‘Human Touch.’ It’s supposed to be about taking care of each other and loving each other,” King said. “That’s the inspiration for this. It’s a lot easier for me to focus on the positive.”
King said the work is abstract and features inspiring words and the American flag.
“I have a really strong trust in God. I thought ‘What can I do to help that would be useful?’” King said. “And this was what it translated to me. It just came out this way.”
King will conduct a silent auction for the painting during Art Walk, and proceeds will benefit a family at the center of an iconic photo taken after the explosions. Sixteen-year-old Christine Wittich carried her injured mother, Julie Wittich, for several blocks amid the chaos. Then former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi carried Julie Wittich to a waiting ambulance. Boston Globe photographer Bill Green captured the dramatic moment in a snapshot of Andruzzi cradling Julie Wittich, while her daughters walk on either side of him. Wittich sustained a broken leg and is recovering. King said the story and photo had an impact on her and she wants to help the family.
During the exhibit at Art Walk next month, a clue will be provided that will help participants guess the overall theme of the studio’s season. Each month during Art Walk will reveal a new hint supported by an entire body of work. The gallery will accept and collect guesses throughout the season. At the end of the season, the correct answer will win a 5” x 7” original painting by King.
The J. King Art Gallery & Studio is located above the Australian Bakery, at 48 South Park Square, overlooking the Marietta Square.
Held the first Friday of the month, April through October, Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of Marietta’s burgeoning art scene. Art galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their stores and are open 5 to 9 p.m. Dates are May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4.
For detailed information about parking and the event, visit www.artwalkmarietta.com or call (770) 429-1115.
Visit www.jkingartworks.com for more information about King’s gallery.