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Riverside artist (finally) debuts her work at Artscape exhibit at Riverside County headquarters

By in Press Enterprise on July 28, 2017

By Patrick Brien

Kelly Bryson says that she really does not know how to describe her art. They are, she explains, a bunch of beautiful accidents.

“I take the flaws in my pieces and I try my best to really make them shine,” says the 34-year-old Riverside resident.

“Glow Crow” by Kelly Bryson.

Bryson grew up watching many of her family members making art and was inspired to try her own hand at it.

“I’ve been making art since I was a child,” she says. “Whether it was out of inspiration, boredom or for therapeutic reasons, I was always creating.”

She would go on to study at Riverside City College before getting her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Orange County in Santa Ana.

Aside from a second-grade talent show at San Bernardino’s Davidson Elementary School, a calendar contest when she was 9 and what she refers to “many refrigerator doors,” Bryson has not exhibited much of her work. This did not prevent her from entering several pieces into the Riverside Arts Council’s biannual Artscape exhibit at the Riverside County Administration Center. She was accepted into the Spring/Summer 2017 show, selling three pieces during the concluding auction earlier this month.

“When art is presented in a non-traditional space, such as the County Administration Center, it gives members of the community a chance to experience art in many different ways,” says Bryson. “It connects people in ways not possible in a more traditional space.”

Purple Rain Forever“Purple Rain Forever” by Kelly Bryson.

Bryson says that it is her 11-year-old daughter, Melody, who provides the greatest source of inspiration for her art.

“Her honesty about my art inspires me daily,” she says. “She’s basically my art director. She’s never afraid to tell me exactly what she thinks about my art. Even if it’s brutal. She guides me.”

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