“New Era,” an art exhibit by South Korean artist Lyn J. Kang, will open Sunday, Feb. 9 in The Gallery at The Church of the Good Shepherd (United Methodist) in Vienna. A special opening reception will be held that day from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit will run through Sunday, March 9 in the new gallery located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road in Vienna.
Kang, currently living in Washington, DC, graduated with an art degree in painting from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She then worked in set design for musical theater as well as in graphic design in her native Seoul, South Korea. Kang’s husband, the Rev. Yohan Moon, is serving as a pastoral intern at Good Shepherd while pursuing a degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
“We’re delighted to have Lyn’s work be our first exhibit at our new gallery, and we hope to host other area artists, particularly those involved in sacred art or art inspired by their faith,” said the Rev. Mark Burgess, pastor at Good Shepherd.
Kang’s exhibit is of recent work she has done in preparation for pursuing a graduate degree in art in the United States. As the busy mother of a young child, Kang said she stepped away from painting for a while. She said she was inspired by the verses in Isaiah 43:15-21 “while I was preparing for the day I could use my brush and paint again.”
Kang’s work includes oil paintings as well as collages. Her exhibit includes paintings of flower-shaped cactus called echeveria and polypore mushrooms. “The similarity between polypore mushrooms and echeveria fascinated me,” she said. “Both grow up in the shade or in the place where no one cares.”
The exhibit also includes some painted miniature furniture incorporated into modern artwork, inspired by teaching art to her now 3-year-old daughter.
The exhibit will be open during church office hours Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 8 to noon. For more information, visit the church website at www.GoodShepherdVA.com.