Works by artist Arelys Jimenez featured at libraries in Hollis and Wilton

WILTON – Local artist Arelys Jimenez has a busy spring in store.

Her artwork is currently on display at the Hollis Social Library until the end of March. She also will participate in a juried show at the Jaffrey Civic Center on March 28.

After that, she will move her exhibit to the Wilton Public and Greg Free Library where she will be the featured artist for the month of April. Then she takes her show back to Hollis, where she will be the artist of the month at the Re/Max gallery in June.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Jimenez moved to the United States 24 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child. She and her family lived in New York and Maine before moving to Hollis in 2010.

She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Maine in Presque Isle.

Jimenez has painted on and off over the years while raising her family, but with the prospect of her youngest daughter leaving for college, she decided the time was right to be more active.

“I decided to show more seriously and become more involved in the community,” she explained. “I joined the Hollis Arts Society and volunteer at the Lowell Textile Museum. This will be my job after my daughter goes to college.”

Jimenez has always taken her inspiration from nature, particularly flowers. She paints in oil and acrylic.

“I try to do something different, to focus more on colors and how I can achieve colors that are pleasing,” she said.

“Some things are representational like you associate with artwork, but sometimes I also do very abstract work. I play with shapes and colors to promote texture in my artwork. It’s my way of expressing who I am.”

In addition to her paintings, she also enjoys photography, including taking intriguing photographs inside a kaleidoscope.

“It’s like a blending of everything I know,” Jimenez said. “I take pictures all the time to use as an inspiration, for painting from, or as a photo. I do mixed media works. I love to take a photo of the kaleidoscope and then paint it, or take a picture of a painting and convert it into a kaleidoscope. I design patterns that I can use as an inspiration to make textiles of in the future.”

In the past year, Jimenez has had two exhibits at the Whitty Gallery at the Wild Salamander in Hollis and participated in two group shows in Nashua, including Winter Warm Up this past January.

For additional information, and to see more of her collection, visit her website www.arelysjimenez.com.