On Saturday, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Creative 360 will host an exhibition opening honoring Kathy Kaunitz Jones. She was an artist, a “maker of paintings,” and gifted teacher who taught students of every age from toddlers to retirees. Jones was an Associate Professor in CMU’s Art Department from 1997 to 2013, was Creative 360’s first art teacher, and she continued to teach at the Midland Center for the Arts until 2016 when she retired to paint full time.
“We said good bye to this dear friend on November 22 last year,” explained Carol Rumba, Creative 360’s executive director. “Since then, we have been working with her family to ensure we put together an evening and exhibition that is truly a celebration of all she represents for so many.”
During the opening reception, Kathy’s family and friends will be on hand to share their personal stories. The exhibition will showcase many of the paintings and drawings for which she is best known, along with some surprises. Did you know she also did work in ceramics, watercolor, stained glass, and was also a prolific writer?
“My work is about color, emotion and energy,” Jones once explained. “My goal is to create a painting that exudes positive energy.”
Kathy Kaunitz Jones is remembered for her positive energy. Her art will be on display in the Creative 360 gallery through June 16.
About Creative 360
Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.