Kellar Mahaney’s work featured in SullivanMunce exhibit

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An art exhibit featuring the work of late Zionsville resident Edie Kellar Mahaney is a natural for Zionsville’s SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

“It is very important for us to celebrate her and her work,” SullivanMunce Executive Director Cynthia Young said. “She has a long history with us as a former executive director, founder of our art center, Guild member and accomplished artist. She was such a big part of our community and had a love for our town and dedication to our organization.”

There are more than 35 pieces on display by Kellar Mahaney, who died in November 2017 at age 87. She moved to Zionsville with her family in 1970. Young said visitors will be surprised and delighted by the diversity and range of her work.

“Most people know about her floral work painted with a fresh, clear palette,” Young said. “It is quite an awesome sight seeing so many of these pieces hung together. The retrospective includes her beginning work which, for the most part, was very abstract. The figure paintings in the exhibition are of family members, including a self-portrait when she was 5 (years old).

Lolly Mahaney, a Zionsville resident, said she continues to market her mother’s fine art through the website, kellarmahaney.com.

“The exhibit spans Edie’s professional career from the graduate school years of the 1950s to her return to studio painting from 2001 to 2014,” Mahaney said. “Some of the paintings are from private collections and some are for sale. In addition, SullivanMunce has paintings, prints, note cards and journals for sale in their gift shop.

Mahaney said she and her brother, Jackson, were touched when Young reached out to them with the idea of an exhibition to honor her mother’s legacy.

“My brother and I enjoyed working with Cynthia to mount a retrospective exhibit that covers seven decades of Edie’s professional artistic career,” Mahaney said.

The exhibit will continue through June 23.

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