Eventide to show recent high school graduate’s first solo exhibition

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NEW GLASGOW – In the basement of a neat and tidy home on the West Side, Evan Curley has covered the floor of a storage room in paint.

It’s his space to experiment with different methods and mediums to put out a message, though the message isn’t the most important part for Curley.

He started painting a year and a half ago, trying to create a particular image.

He found that constricting, and finds that his newer work conveys an emotion, but leaves it up to the viewer to decide its meaning.

“I discovered that you kind of have to let go and just go for it,” he said during an interview preceding his July show at Eventide Art Hub.

He approaches music in the same way.

As a jazz guitarist, much of it is improvisation, he says, and he likes it that way.

He never knows what sounds are going to happen when a jazz ensemble gets together.

“It’s almost like a conversation with other musicians.”

Though painting is new for him, creativity is not.

He received his first guitar from his parents at age 10, and grew up in an artistic family – a mother and grandmother that dabbled in painting, and art teacher Helen Boucher as an aunt.

Curley tries to branch out when it comes to mediums, hoping to further his photography skills in the future, and maybe try sculpting.

He experiments with mediums within his painting as well, playing with acrylic, spray-paint, wall paints, and even toll paint, mostly using wood for a large scale canvas.

He started painting after discovering late New York City artist Keith Haring, and was drawn to his simplistic style.

A recent North Nova Education Centre graduate, Curley is off to Saint Francis Xavier University next year for a bachelor of arts, majoring in math.

“A lot of people don’t understand art can be brought into any field,” he says. “I want to try to break that barrier and bring creativity into everything I do.”

He’s not certain where he’ll end up in life, but can see himself entering education, and finding a new way to teach traditional subjects like math and science.

If teachers were able to branch out in the way they educate, he says, more students may enjoy those subjects.

He tries to reach all generations in his artwork, and is hoping to attract all ages to his show at Eventide.

“Even if you don’t look too deep and see the emotions (in the work), it’s enjoyable,” he said.

Curley’s show opens July 2 in New Glasgow at 7 p.m.

It runs until July 26.

 

amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Organizations: North Nova Education Centre, Saint Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: New York City, New Glasgow

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