HumanKind is excited to feature the art of local painter, Christine Cortese at this month’s Art After Dark. Stop by the store anytime from 6-9PM on April 6 to meet Christine and watch her paint. Christine will be painting live during the evening, so come watch her work and learn about her process.
Our live music for the evening will be local singer/songwriter, Ray Duncan.
It promises to be a fun evening. We look forward to seeing you!
“After 30 something years of landscape and still life painting I’ve changed my focus and started enjoying the figure and portrait of women mostly. It’s fun to just be able to stay in my studio especially when it’s dark outside. Being a plein-air painter, (painting from life outside) this wasn’t something I could do in the past.
More recently I’ve been having fun with flowers and women and playing around with that. My past still life painting helped me in the study of painting flowers.
I’m finding this to be more playful and inventive and as a result, I may become more abstract in my future landscape work.”
Ray is a new American singer/songwriter. She was born and raised in the Central Coast. Her mother Jude Johnstone has penned songs for the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and others, so it follows that while growing up in a musical household, it wasn't too long before Ray started writing songs of her own. At fifteen she and her father Charles Duncan co-founded Ranchers for Peace, a folk/protest duo featuring tight vocal harmonies and Charles Duncan's artful and thought-provoking lyrics. After gaining valuable experience performing near and far with the Ranchers, Ray recorded her first collection of original material, a seven song EP entitled "This Road," which was released in June of 2016.