The Leeds Arts Council recently announced that it will honor Kelly Boyd as its Artist of the Month for July. Boyd’s art will be on display at the opening reception this Sunday, June 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, and remain on exhibit through July 31.
The reception is free and open to the public. Boyd’s work will be available for purchase.
Boyd was born in Valparaiso, Ind., and moved to Birmingham in 1986 with her parents. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Clothing, Textiles and Design.
She is married and has three children who are also creative and talented in various forms of the arts. She is self-taught in the art of pressing flowers but was mentored by a successful pressed-flower business owner in Maine. Her work includes mixed-media and acrylic and enamel on glass.
In 2002, Boyd began enjoying art as a hobby. She found her passion in gardening and wanted to extend the “life” of her flowers by preserving their beauty and giving them a new life. She began drawing women and dressing them with pressed flowers. These small pieces of art were popular among her friends and family.
By 2004, Boyd had a full-time business of creating and selling her art at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. By 2005, her work was on sale to small shops throughout the southeast. Her biggest challenge came when Parisian bought her “lady cards” and put them in all 40 of their stores across the southeast.
Boyd’s work has been featured in several magazines including “Southern Living,” “Southern Lady,” “Portico” and “Tea Time.” She has led workshops to teach the art of pressing flowers and has had various speaking engagements at department stores, garden clubs and women’s organizations.
She now enjoys her art as a hobby again. It is exclusively available at Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, and she participates in local arts shows such as Avondale Art in the Park, Art on the Green at Ross Bridge, Moss Rock Art Show and Aldridge Garden’s Art in the Park. Her work is also available online at www.rachelsgardentart.com.
For more information regarding the exhibit or for reservations to other Leeds Arts Council events, call the arts center at 699-1892 or go to www.leedsartscouncil.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and during LAC events. In case of inclement weather, call ahead.