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Collinsville-Based Artist to Host Reception for ‘Photographs of Gazelle Powers’

April 19, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
On Friday, April 22, Kevin Stiles will host a reception for “Photographs of Gazelle Powers.” Photo by Kevin Stiles

On Friday, April 22, Kevin Stiles will host a reception for “Photographs of Gazelle Powers.”
Photo by Kevin Stiles

By John Fitts

It was approximately two years ago when Collinsville-based artist Kevin Stiles began working with Maryland model Gazelle Powers.

That work has resulted in a series of photographs – and a few drawings – that showcase Powers’ sultry female figure, often nude, in the midst of some of the area’s most beautiful natural settings. Among the locations featured are those in Collinsville, Litchfield, Cornwall and Hartland.

This Friday, Stiles will host a reception for “Photographs of Gazelle Powers” at his Collinsville studio on River Street. It will be an evening with art, refreshment and live music.

For Stiles, Powers brings a natural beauty, inquisitive mind and creative spirit.

“She’s just really good in terms of being a creative person,” Stiles said.

Stiles said he had run across from Powers on modeling/photographer sites and first met her when a Virginia-based photographer came up to have Stiles perform some tattoo work. He brought Powers along.

And while there was no set agenda to working with a black model, Stiles said it has become purposeful and he’s thrilled to showcase a less common version of beauty and expand “visual dialogue.”

“Our culture is saturated with the Caucasian version of beauty and its representation in nature and the world around us,” he wrote in an artist’s statement. “It was important to me that this black woman, Gazelle, represent beauty and nature in a way not often given a platform. And by doing so – help us expand our visual dialogue beyond what we typically see.”

Stiles has been tattooing for approximately 13 years and opened Stiles Artistry on River Street in Collinsville in December of 2014.

He is also a long-time artist and photographer and said it was approximately 2008 when he began incorporating models into his photography.

The Gazelle Powers exhibit includes 3 drawings and 23 photographs, many sized at 21 x 29 and 36 x 51. The reception, set for 6 to 8 p.m. on April 22, 2016 will include refreshments and music by Jeff Przech.

Stiles Artistry is located on the second floor of 7 River St., Collinsville – above the Village Sweet Shoppe.

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