Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 Season for The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville

I am passionate about Art/Design and helping others to experience the fulfillment of utilizing creativity to express feelings and emotions. Through this project,
I am connecting with my daughter (who has special needs) in a new way of combining music and art. We have always done art projects together, but never combined the two. I am hoping this body of work will inspire members of our special community to find a new voice of expression through
music and art.

A Dream’s Reach
A Dream’s Reach
Rejuvenating Waltz
Rejuvenating Waltz
Swirling Wonderland
Swirling Wonderland
Freedom Flight
Freedom Flight

Concert 2: Winter Dreams

Performed December 8th (Jacksonville University, Terry Concert Hall), 2019

This Concert Series was about a journey through Winter Dreams. The music for each piece along with the story and journey that the characters and the composer went through was the inspiration for this collaborative series of artwork created by Kelly Young and her daughter, Gracie. In preparation for creating the art together, Kelly and Gracie listened to Symphony No. 9 on numerous occasions. This powerful piece played in the background while they painted together.Kelly and Gracie listened to the music. The descriptions below are how we interpreted the music and the story behind it what inspired it.

A Dream’s Reach
Inspired by: Selections from the Nutcracker – Peter Tchaikovsky

The Music From the Nutcracker resembles a child like escape from reality in that Clara, the little girl in the story is longing for something and reaches it in her dreams.

Swirling Wonderland
Inspired by: Les Patineurs (The Skaters)  Emile Waldteufel

This music takes you into a winter wonderland full of elegant & dreamy movements.   

Rejuvenating Waltz
Inspired by: Les Patineurs (The Skaters)  Emile Waldteufel

Listening to this feels rejuvenating. It’s relaxing yet makes you want to dance with joy. 

Freedom Flight
Inspired by: Finale from Symphony No. 5, op. 82  Jean Sibelius

The music represents the freedom in what Jean Sibelius felt when he finally finished this finale. It took multiple attempts and an imaginable great deal of creative struggle. Inspiration finally came when he viewed 16 beautiful swans. 

2 sizes available: 24×36 or 18×24

Individual Canvas Prints : 24×36: $325  /  18×24: $225

The artwork of Kelly and Gracie is on view during the post-concert receptions and is available for purchase with 25% of sales going to the the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville.

Please connect with me for more information by filling out the form below. I look forward to talking with you.

Save the date for the next Concert: FREE to the Public
Please know these are Family Friendly Events

March 8, 2020

 Deep Exploration
St. Pauls by the Sea – Jacksonville Beach (MAP) • 5pm

Introduction to Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30 (excerpt) – Richard Strauss

The Planets, op. 32 – Gustav Holst

And God Created Great Whales – Alan Hovhaness

 ET Adventures on Earth – John Williams

 

 

The last concert of this year’s Series is May 3, 2020

A Celebration of Jewish Composers
Jacksonville Jewish Center (MAP) • 5pm

MOVEMENT 1 : 24x36
MOVEMENT 2 : 24x36
MOVEMENT 3 : 24x36
MOVEMENT 4 : 24x36

Concert 1

Performed October 6th (St. Johns Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL) & 13th (St. Anastasia Catholic Church in St. Augustine, FL), 2019

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, From the New World by Antonín Dvořák was the inspiration for this collaborative series of artwork created by Kelly Young and her daughter, Gracie. In preparation for creating the art together, Kelly and Gracie listened to Symphony No. 9 on numerous occasions. This powerful piece played in the background while they painted together.

 

Individual pieces are for sale for $325 per piece.

Kelly Young with Daughter Gracie

Artist-in-Residence, 2019-2020

My name is Kelly Young and I am an artist and graphic designer by profession. Grace (Gracie), my 10-year-old daughter is diagnosed with low functioning autism and Hypotonic CP (low muscle tone). Her motor skills and speaking ability are greatly compromised by her condition and this makes it difficult for Gracie to express herself. Art has always been an outlet for me and I am hoping it will become one for Gracie to also be able to use for self-expression.

As Artist-In-Residence of the Civic Orchestra my project is to create a series of artwork for each concert that incorporates Gracie’s paintings with my graphic design and fine art elements. As the musicians are preparing for each concert, Gracie and I will be preparing a series of art pieces to go with the music they will be playing. So there will be a total of 4 different series presented across the 4 different concerts performed by the Civic Orchestra.

Our process begins with listening to the music repeatedly to become familiar with the melodies and rhythms. Using acrylic inks, we painted together while the music plays in the background. I digitally combined these paintings with my illustrations, photography and music notation taken from the conductor’s score. The finished 24×36 inch prints on canvas are individually embellished with a combination of different transparent liquid medium finishes to add texture and dimension.