kathy Kolava, water color artistMinnesota Conservatory for the Arts’, Galleria Valéncia presents Kathy Kovala’s beautiful watercolors in an exhibit called “Focus On Fall.” Take a trip to see fabulous colors inside and out!

Kathy is a recent resident of Winona, moving here with her husband Chuck in May of 2013. She is loving the beautiful scenery and friendly, healthy living that Winona offers and has started teaching classes and workshops here.

Initially Kathy started painting with oils, she taught Rosemaling for 20 years for Nicolet College in Rhinelander. She was introduced to watercolor in 1991 and bought a Victorian mansion, here she ran her gallery called Finishing Touches for 14 years. It was here she gleaned her many skills as a painter and teacher. Her watercolors are colorful, and she has a reputation for using a “rock and roll” or “gravitational” techniques to capture the luminosity of this elusive medium.

Moving to Nisswa/ Brainerd area in 2006 she taught watercolor classes weekly and workshops in the area.

Kauai Hawaii has been a home away from home in the winter months for 18 years. Teaching has enabled her and her husband to spend 3 to 4 months and she also teaches classes there. Galleries, gift shops and businesses carry her originals, cards and prints in Kauai also.

Big Sky, Montana has also played a big part of her family’s history, her husband and his father discovered the Gallatin Canyon and it’s superb trout fishing in 1947. As a result of those family trips, the Kovala family continue to vacation in the Big Sky area. While her husband and sons’ fish, Kathy paints the local scenes and has her work for sale in many of the local shops and establishments.   Yellowstone Club of Big Sky Montana has also commissioned her to paint scenes of their buildings and activities for advertising.

Get to know Kathy and you will find that her enthusiasm is contagious when it comes to watercolor! For more information about Kathy visit: www.kathykovala.com.

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of this beautiful show on Friday, Oct. 16th 4pm-8pm at the Valéncia Arts Center. This show will run through Nov. 15th. The galleria will also be open during regular office hours, Mondays 11:30am- 5:30pm & Tuesday- Friday 9am-3pm and while evening and Saturday classes are in session.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. For more information go to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.