The Montgomery Museum will be hosting a reception open to the public on Jan. 10 from 5-7 presenting the art of locally trained, award-winners, Sidra Kaluszka and Shaun Whiteside.

Artists since childhood, their styles are different, but each creates pieces that are stimulating, intriguing, and beautiful.

Sidra has been entering and placing in art shows since she was in kindergarten and she says that she was passionate about art “since before I was fully verbal,” she said.

Shaun comes from an artistic family, and at a young age, he was able to appreciate his grandmother’s pieces that hung in his childhood home. Both have earned master’s degrees in art from Radford University and both have received awards for their work.

Shaun and Sidra developed their respective styles throughout their education. As an undergraduate student at Christopher Newport University, Shaun initially majored in music with a minor in art. He later switched his major to art, and further developed his artistic style. Today, Shaun uses acrylic paint to create dark, emotion-evoking images that take advantage of the natural properties of water and paint, allowing it to move, accumulate, and evaporate by gravity and other natural laws. He refers to his artistic approach…

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