Worldly Expressionist Artist Showcased For Final Gallery Show Of The Season

By: Brittany Grove

Worldly expressionist artist showcased for final gallery show of the season

NORWICH— The Jill Kraft Gallery invites the community to get warm inside the The Artists' Palette this Saturday to see a “vintage but fresh” expressionist artist for the final gallery show of the season.

More than 45 abstract, expressive works by Manhattan-based artist Diane Root will be displayed from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at 17-19 South Broad St. in Norwich.

The reception is free and open to the public. Hot coffee and refreshments will be served, and live folk music will be played by local duo Mark and Matt at the gallery event. Coffee is $1 per cup.

“We decided to make a day of it. We will start with the vendor fair in the afternoon, open the gallery in the evening for the last show of the season, and close the night trying to draw in parade goers with fresh coffee and a place to warm up,” said The Artists' Palette owner Jill Kraft.

Despite the store being open year-round, the gallery inside the store is seasonal. Kraft showcases more than a dozen artists in the community gallery throughout the year. Root's expressionism will be the last show of the season.

“The last show features a very unique artist with an extensive history in the art world. I was very pleased to be able to represent her work this year,” said Kraft. “She has been inside the art world for a long time and has a lot of knowledge and expertise.”

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Root was born in Paris, France to an American father and a French mother. She received her education in more than one country including the United States, Holland, Switzerland and France, graduating from the Sorbonne. When it comes to art, Root said she is “mostly self-taught” with the exception of brief stints at the Beaux Arts in the French capital and at the annex of the Bellas Artes in San Miguél de Allende in Mexico.

Root's given artist name is Matakia, which means “little eyes.” Root said Matakia “intertwines her love for the written word with her love for color and overall expressiveness,” which she said seems to come naturally to the abstract artist.

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