Artists Celebrate the Beginning of Summer
By Fran Sikorski
Redding Pilot, June 2008

If you're going to have a party for any reason, why not plan it on June 21, summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when there will be extra time to enjoy the day? Add a gallery reception for the recent work of two area artists and provide music and gourmet food in a festive atmosphere to celebrate.

The two artists, Kim Hanna of Redding and Rachel Volpone of Ridgefield, first met five years ago when they became members together of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, looking forward "to growing with other artists," according to Ms. Hanna.

Discussing their views on art, Rachel Volpone said, " We both have opposite skills. Kim has helped me to understand you can't have 10 paintings in one painting." Her paintings capture the univeral elements of sea, sky and land. Rather than recording a specific site or geographical detail, the landscapes focus on expressing mood and movement.

Currently artistic director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ms. Hanna attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania State University. She worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in Washington, DC for selected clients, NASD, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Realtors Association, National Restaurant Association, Washington Times, Fairfax Journal and Legal Times. She has exhibited in numerous art shows in California, New York City and Connecticut, receiving awards for her work.....

...The June 21 gallery show and art sale was developed after the two artists "stopped by" Bethel Photoworks to see Ray Flanigan, who was planning to resume gallery shows, and the "timing was right", Ms. Hanna said....