Area artist, poet expresses life through work at LSC-Kingwood

Capturing life through art and word is the basis of Vachu Chilakamarri’s art exhibit “Momento” at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

Chilakamarri, an artist and poet, will display several series of her artwork July 19-Aug. 9 in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery. She will be available to meet with the public during an artist talk and reception on Thursday, July 19 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

“This vivid summer art show promises to give a break to the summer heat. Vachu Chilakamarri’s large scale, emotionally charged paintings are rendered in broad gestures and focused on the temporal nature of life,” said Kris Larson, gallery director at LSC-Kingwood.

In “Momento”, Chilakamarri crafts in word and paint recollections of significant moments in her life. Her goal is to capture what is alive at that moment.

“The transient nature of beauty and the impermanence of things in life fascinate me. Nothing in life is permanent. Just as the seasons come and go, we also adapt to loss, change and renewal,” Chilakamarri said.

An avid writer and lecturer, the artist has taught painting at the Art League of Houston and at Riverbend Art Center in Ohio. She has served as docent for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and in 2011, she was a presenter for the Menil Collection’s “The Artist’s Eye” in Houston.

“Passionate about the act of painting and with life in general, Vachu is constantly exploring and reinventing. Her love affair with paint and her joyful approach offers others the invitation to bask in the moment and revel in the many colors of life," Larson said.

A three time finalist for the Huntington Art Prize, the artist’s award-winning work has been featured in numerous groups, juried and solo exhibitions throughout Texas and Ohio. Chilakamarri’s recent solo shows include University of Houston’s O’Kane Gallery, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Intexure Gallery in Houston and the Riverbend Art Center in Ohio.

Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Chilakamarri studied drawing and painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design and at Central State University in Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Begumpet Women’s College in Hyderabad. She currently lives and works in Houston.

For more information on Chilakamarri’s “Momento” exhibit, call 281-312-1534. The Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


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