Artist Lorrin A. Coombs revealed her unique art June 13 at her first solo show.
Guests filled the open area of Kool Beanz, a local café and gourmet coffee emporium on Niedringhaus Avenue. Owner Vickie Arguelles, a patron to local artists, says she is happy to showcase their work.
Last October, Coombs was in a show with Emily Shultz at BSR Books. Since Kool Beanz has become one of the city’s “hot spots,” it was the logical next step to introducing the public to her pieces.
The “26 Candles” exhibition was named in honor of Coombs’ birthday, occurring two days later. The young painter has been working in her medium for more than 10 years, and credits her mother, also an artist, for being her inspiration.
“This was an exciting way to celebrate my birthday,” she said.
Coombs’ favorite artist is Vincent van Gogh, and like him, she enjoys experimenting with many types of media. She also is inspired by Van Gogh’s color choices and his portraits. She says capturing people in abstract ways, using different media, challenges her creativity. She exhibited everything from portraits and paintings to painted chairs to “Duct Tape Art.”
There was a steady stream of people visiting Kool Beanz during the day, praising and critiquing the pieces. Several of her paintings sold that day, as well.
“This young lady is a fantastic artist,” Sheila Chronister, who wandered into the shop and perused the art, said. “She has beautiful, unique talent.”
Musician and songwriter Britnah performed during the exhibition, rocking the café with her guitar.
“I am so pleased to offer this opportunity to Lorrin to introduce her work to the public,” Arguelles said. “I am proud to be able to encourage the talented people in the area.”
To learn more about Lorrin and her work, email firstname.lastname@example.org.