Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time

By Bill Franz

Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery coordinator at Kettering’s Rosewood Gallery, artist Amy Kollar Anderson posted that one of her recent accomplishments MG3469was deciding what she really wanted to do with her life. One of her three written goals was to “make art that is fun, challenging and fills me with pride.”

 

That statement reminded me of how much fun I had in my first photo shoot with Anderson, and I decided to visit her home studio once more.  When I arrived I asked her if she was painting a lot more now that she was no longer working at Rosewood.

 

“When I worked at the gallery, I would daydream about being able to spend all day in the studio,” she says. “After a few months of being a full-time artist, I found I was really lonely. I started painting in public places like Clash in the Oregon District and the Dayton Racquet Club. I also started a new DATV show called Art Hops, where I interview local artists and pair them with regionally brewed beer. And I started selling some of my art in public places like Kettering’s Art on the Commons.”

M9A7581When I first met Anderson she was working on a series of paintings inspired by the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. In her studio, I saw the start of a new series of paintings on wooden ovals that were going to be shown at Wittenberg University.

“This new series started with the idea of self exploration,” she explains. “One passion I have passed on to my nephews and niece is the love of elongated pennies. These squished pennies are the starting point for this series titled XO Numia. The title is a play on the word ‘Exonumia,’ which basically means ‘out of, or from coins.’ Each panel is a visual diary documenting little moments in my life.”

​Although her normal studio is in an upstairs bedroom, Anderson has been doing a lot of painting in the family room downstairs as she works on a large painting.

​“This painting will hang at the Northwest Library Branch that is currently being built on the former site of Fairview High School,” Anderson says. “I have incorporated the Fairview mascot and several other FHS references, in addition to the Dayton Art Institute African elephant mask. I have spent about 150 hours working on this piece and estimate it is 75 percent completed.”​          M9A7609

I asked Anderson about the small palette she was holding as she painted. She said it was a cardboard beer coaster.  She likes the small size, the weight and the cost.

Now, Anderson’s painting for the Northwest Library is finished and she is starting work on paintings for the libraries in New Lebanon and Miamisburg.

To view more of Amy Kollar Anderson’s art, please visit kollaranderson.com.

Bill Franz retired from a business career and became a volunteer photographer doing projects for  many local nonprofits.  His photos of people at work have been shown in art exhibitions across Ohio and neighboring states.  Find out more at billfranz17.com/about. 

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Bill Franz retired from a business career and became a volunteer photographer doing projects for many local nonprofits.  His photos of people at work have been shown in art exhibitions across Ohio and neighboring states.  Find out more at billfranz17.com/about. 

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