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The Linder Gallery at Keystone College in LaPlume will present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by California-based artist Kellesimone Waits from Sunday, March 24, through Sunday, April 28.

The exhibition, entitled "Kellesimone Waits: Antithesis," will feature recent and earlier works that, gallery officials say, will explore the artist's unique and adventurous life through expressive, figurative imagery. A public reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, March 24, from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. Waits will also host a public discussion about her artwork on Monday, March 25, at 9:45 a.m. in Brooks Theatre at Keystone College.

According to organizers, Waits' life has been an anthology of experiences that forms the narrative of her work. She is reportedly a hoarder of conscious and subconscious images from a life in motion that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s. After extensive touring, jungle life in the Amazon and a long-term stint at Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel, Kellesimone has settled in northern California, where she attended the California College of the Arts and Mills College. Strong forces at play in her work are an investigation of society's influence on her subjects and herself alike, as well as an exploration of the psychological drives behind the artist and her subjects. As a result, the works are a blend of myths, dreams and fairy tales, all within a survey of reality.

Waits' artwork has been exhibited in group and one-person exhibitions internationally. Her solo exhibits include shows at Fuse Gallery in Manhattan, Perihelion Arts in Phoenix and Frank Pictures Gallery and Known Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2010, she was a featured artist in the Draw Tour exhibit held at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. Her work has also been exhibited during Art Basel in Miami at Aqua10.

"I'm so happy to be able to present this exhibition of Kellesimone's artwork at Keystone College," said Drake Gómez, director of exhibitions. "She's an emerging talent on both coasts and has such a distinctive background, yet I think she's someone to whom our students will really be able to relate. I think her work will speak to them on a very direct level."

Call 945-8335 for more information and for gallery hours.