“Mending a Broken Heart.”
—by Kindra Fehr
I took this painting outside to see it in new light. Lit up by the sun, I became acutely aware of all the emotion that this image embodies for me. Mending a Broken Heart represents the iconic experience of hurting and healing, spirituality and hope, grieving and mending and disappearing into the process of it.
Kindra’s father died in June. Her exploration of this loss is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at Art Access Gallery. “These paintings are not sad, they’re hopeful. This exhibit represents taking flight into whatever life may bring.”
Kindra Fehr has worn many career hats throughout her life. She worked as a contact lens technician for her father’s business, a flight attendant, a book seller at Golden Braid, a waitress, and in the vocation of teaching art to both adults and children. Since 1994, she has taught children at the Visual Art Institute, The Salt Lake Art Center (now known as UMOCA), the Children’s Museum, and various schools across the valley. She is currently the art specialist at Montessori Community School while teaching adult and children classes out of her Sugar House studio.
The Salt Lake City native has lived here much of her life, with extended visits to Europe, Asia and New York City. She earned a BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah in 1990, studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
In 2002 she married musician/composer/producer John Hancock in Florence, Italy. Then, at what the medical field calls “advanced maternal age” she became a mom and a student of a daughter and then a son. Kindra wrote a CATALYST column, “Babying the Buddha,” from 2003-2008.
“Taking Flight,” an exhibit of works by Kindra Fehr. October 16-November 13 with an opening reception October 16, 6-9pm. Art Access Gallery, 230 S 500 W, #125. Gallery hours are M,T,F 9am-6pm; W,TH 10-6 through October and M,T,W,TH,F 9am-5pm beginning November 1. Follow her art on Instagram @brushtocanvas