Tubes of paint lie haphazardly on the floor, paintings are stacked in every available space, and an easel stands at the ready with two small paintings balanced on its ledge. This is the chaos you would see if you walked into my studio today. Who am I? My name is Kimberly Riggs and I am a local artist. Originally growing up in Mexico, I moved to Kentucky for college. I attended Asbury University between the years 2005 – 2009 and proudly received my bachelors in fine art. Now, almost six years later, I am still painting and striving to be a better artist. Now normally my studio isn’t quite so chaotic. Yes, an orderly mess is the general order of business, but the stacks of paintings and cluttered spaces go above and beyond the norm. These paintings are standing in readiness awaiting a yearly event that will turn my humble little home into a gallery for two days. Soon, the messes will be cleared away, the paintings will be hung and I will be ready to host my fourth Annual Open House.
Several years ago I found myself frustrated. I was painting several times a week, the paintings were piling up with no place to go, and my only real venues were online through my website and through Facebook. I soon decided that due to a lack of storage space, I had to start hanging my paintings around the house. Eventually white wall space was largely negligible and I had transformed my apartment into a miniature gallery. What is the point, though, in a gallery that nobody sees? So in 2012 I hosted my very first Open House. I reorganized my paintings on the walls, bought and set out refreshments and told everyone I could that for one day my house would no longer be a home, but rather my own miniature gallery.
Since that fateful day four years ago, I have continued my yearly tradition of transforming my house. Each year I have arranged my paintings on the walls, bought refreshments, sent out invitations, and opened my house to the public. Although the essence of the event has remained the same, I am continually working to improve it and make it an enjoyable event for all who come.
This year my Open House will be on Friday March 20th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, and Saturday March 21st from 11:00am – 3:00pm. So what can you expect this year? I will be debuting a brand new series of paintings as well as showcasing some older familiar paintings. As always there will be refreshments including, but not limited to, coffee and dark chocolate M&M’s. My studio will be clean, organized and open for a behind the scenes peak into the creation process. There will be a raffle each day where the winners will receive a free 4”x5” painting. All other paintings will be for sale. Finally, for the first time ever, I will have some of my recent drawings and comics assignments on display.
The countdown is on. As I start to pull everything together, I am sincerely looking forward to this year’s Open House and hope you can stop on by.