Mix of art and opera at the 1894 gallery

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TEXARKANA, Ark. –Arkansas artist Amily Miori may be from the Little Rock area, but she found a welcome home here for her art in the southwestern part of the state at the 1894 Texarkana Gallery.

The gallery will host a second art exhibition showcasing his work with a vernissage for his opera-inspired paintings from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. The event wouldn’t be complete without some opera singing at 3 p.m.

“These are paintings. They are 24 inches by 30 inches. There are 14,” Miori said, noting that each of them had the same idea with an appearance like dramatic Greek statues.

Here’s how the idea got started, she explained, noting that she can’t sing. But she appreciates the stories behind the singing. One day, while working on her art, she stumbled upon a television opera, “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, except she didn’t know what it was at first.

“I really didn’t know anything about opera,” she recalls, but she watched and tried to understand.

Miori noticed that the argument in the opera reminded her of how her neighbors argued outside, so she found an immediate connection to what she saw. She would have liked her neighbor friend to know how to sing like what she saw on television.

“So there was that moment when I was watching TV and there are opera singers arguing, and then it’s right outside my door too. It was comparable back then,” said Miori.

Later, she saw that a statue appears in the plot “Don Giovanni”, involving these characters. She was inspired to seek more.

“It was beautiful, but I didn’t know what I was looking at,” Miori said. She wished someone had explained this opera to her before, so she started looking for other operas. His interest is growing.

“Then the idea to do a show about it came up,” she said. The inspiration was this wish to have learned opera before, so she wanted to achieve what she would have liked to see.

“They are very simple. There is an explanation next to the pictures,” Miori said of his paintings in the exhibition. The sculptural figures, each of the characters from various operas (and two musicals), are edged in red and gold that resembles the opera curtain. “So there’s like that touch of color.”

Miori grew up in Victoria, Texas, then tried art school at the Art Institute of Houston. This was not the right solution for her because she found that the focus on computers was not in her heart to continue, although she found the experience useful.

Growing up in Texas along the coast, she enjoyed the ocean and the countryside, and once here in Arkansas, she discovered the mountains.

“I love to paint. I love to mix colors,” Miori said of her preference. Flowers, birds, an antique style, these are the things that inform his art. She loves the history of things, like the fairy tales that inspired her last art exhibition here.

Miori was visiting galleries further away from her home port to show her art, and she discovered the 1894 gallery. She was impressed by what she saw, a restored warehouse.

“The place was just breathtaking. I was like, oh my god this place is amazing, you know,” Miori said, noting that she expects the show to last a month or two.

(On the Net: Facebook.com/amilymiori. The 1894 Gallery is located at 105 Olive St.)


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