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Lunar New Year: Richmond art show, painting giveaway for the Year of the Tiger

Red and gold painting of many Chinese Zodiac artworks in live, virtual art show
A red and gold tiger painting to celebrate the Year of the Tiger

A Richmond photographer has traded her camera for acrylic paints to mark Lunar New Year.

Kerri-Jo Stewart, who opened a gallery in north Richmond last year, is working on a special collection featuring each of the Chinese Zodiac animals and will unveil the paintings at a live, virtual art show on Feb. 1.

She said there will also be a giveaway draw to win one of the paintings, a tiger created for the Year of the Tiger.

Stewart said she painted the 16x20” red and gold tiger painting using an “acrylic pour” technique – meaning no brushwork was involved.

The tiger is painted in a similar style to her horse paintings, she said, inspired by “cave man” art.

“The lines, although simple, seemed to have so much expression in them,” said Stewart. “So, with Lunar New Year coming up, I thought it would be great to paint the tiger like that. And once I did a few of them, I thought I’d like to try to do a series of the entire Chinese Zodiac.”

In addition to the tiger painting she is giving away, Stewart said two more 16x20” tiger paintings will be available for sale during her virtual show, along with the rest of the Chinese Zodiac animals.

People can enter for the giveaway – the winner will be announced during the art show – and sign up for the virtual art show on Stewart’s website,

Stewart’s virtual, live art show will start at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.

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