Anna Afshar’s painting career started quite by accident.
“My painting journey started with the moment when my then-2-year-old son left his paints and brushes on the table and ran off to play, and I thought, ‘Hmm, I haven’t painted in years, maybe I should try? How could I capture those reflections in the water?’” said Afshar, a Fishers resident. “It was almost 20 years ago, and it has been an incredible journey that totally changed my life. I was a research scientist in a big diagnostic company then. I own a studio in the Stutz building in downtown (Indianapolis) now, and I cannot be happier.”
Afshar and Freddie Kelvin will be the feature artists at Art on Main in Carmel this month. There will be a reception “Time to Escape” for both artists from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the gallery, 111 W. Main. St.
“The highlight of our exhibit will be faraway places that Freddie and I escape quite (to) often,” Afshar said. “My recent escape was to Florida, so my part of the exhibition is about water, sun and exotic places where you can relax, sail, read a book or have a glass of wine with your date. There will be all new works.”
Afshar paints in all three mediums, watercolor, oil and acrylic.
“I play with gouache and charcoal, but watercolor remains my first love because of its spontaneity and a bit of unpredictability,” Afshar said. “It keeps me a bit on the edge, and I like it. I love painting on location and travel extensively, so watercolor is also the perfect medium for that. I painted sitting on a sidewalk in Paris and on the edge of the waterfall in the mountains. All I need is my paper pad, paints, brush and water.
Kelvin, a Carmel resident, said the theme of his photography exhibit is predominantly water-related.
“And this includes several reflections, which I find fascinating because reflections in the water are where the real and abstract worlds collide,” Kelvin said. “As a result, photographs of reflections often look more like paintings than realistic photographs. A smaller part of my exhibition is related to dance, as I am a passionate photographer of modern dance and ballet. Much of my photography of water and land is based on my travels to other countries, and there are images from Vancouver Island and Argentina in the show.”