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  • Writer's pictureNazifa Islam

I’m Showing Paintings in the November Corvallis Arts Walk

I’m very excited to be able to say that I’ll be participating in the Corvallis Arts Walk this November! In case you’re feeling too lazy to click on the link, the Corvallis Arts Walk is “a grass-roots organized art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Downtown Corvallis. Galleries, studios, arts/crafts stores, and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art-related event or demonstration.”

I’ll be showing at the Corvallis Advocate Loft space—425 SW Madison Avenue—from 4pm–8pm on November 19th. I won’t actually be attending the Arts Walk myself because I’ll be out of town—the timing couldn’t be helped—but some really great friends are going to do all the setup for me. I will be heavily indebted to them for a while. Which is totally fine since they’re super awesome and probably won’t ask for any irrational favors.

This may not be as interesting to you as it is to me, but this wall is where I’ll be showing my stuff—obviously the current art won’t be there:

I’ve published a few paintings over the years, and sold some too, but I’ve never had the opportunity to show my work in a public space like this. I have to thank Kerry Hill for that since she contacted me about the Arts Walk a few week ago. I’ve taken to calling her my patron—like a much nicer and modern version of a Medici family member.

I’ve been painting for about seven years now and about four years ago got a bit of an actual handle on what I’m doing. I don’t really know all the many things about painting with acrylics—my only medium—because I’ve never had any formal training, but I feel like I do have a tiny bit of skill set at this point which is reassuring. You can see paintings and timelapse videos of my painting process on my Instagram account. It’s something I’ve started doing recently and that I find weirdly rewarding. It’s fun even for me to rewatch the process.

I’m hoping some folks in town will stop by the Advocate Loft on November 19th and take a look at some newer paintings. Pretty much everything in the show was painted in the last year, and a lot of them have been painted in the last month. I keep my gallery fairly up-to-date, but the pieces do look better in person. Obvious statement perhaps, but I feel the need to put it out there all the same.

So think about taking a look at some art later this month. And maybe take some pictures of you with the pieces—you can tweet them at me at @nafoopal or tag me in them on Instagram with @nafoopal. That would really warm the generally-cold-because-I’m-always-cold cockles of my heart.

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