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Friday, March 3, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host a reception for “Social Voyeurism” an exhibit featuring works by Natasha Giles.

Natasha Giles is a Lecturer in the Liberal Arts Department at Georgia Gwinnett College. In 2007 she earned a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design where she graduated with honors. Natasha completed her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Kentucky in 2011. She has created murals for Metro Bank in Louisville, KY and locally at Central Bank in downtown Lexington, KY. Most recently, she was commissioned by the former Human Resources Division Chief - HRIS for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Natasha has exhibited nationally at various galleries including the Brooklyn Artist Gym in New York, the LH Horton Jr. Gallery in Stockton, California, at Desotorow Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, and at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Upcoming exhibitions will be in Cape Girardeau, MO, Lexington, KY and Philadelphia, PA.

“My work is about social voyeurism and our shared experience of memories and moments in time. Many people are laying their private or mundane thoughts and actions at the feet of the masses for consumption. I pilfer public images, memories that are not my own, and create paintings where I imagine, investigate and become a part of that original moment. In my paintings, I reinterpret each event and invite the viewer to engage and participate with me. Each painting is created from images found on social media. The photos used as reference were taken by different individuals. More than anything, I am drawn to the interactions of the people in the original photographs. What intrigues me is the illusion of time and the unspoken communication of body language; the personality and character that is exuded in a captured moment.”
- Natasha

The Visual Arts Cooperative. will also debut new works in the Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery. Featured window exhibitors for March are Robert Towner and Linda Buis.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16B North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. Galleries are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.