Woodstock artist Kristina Laurendi Havens is one of several state and local artists who will have artwork displayed at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee after being commissioned to capture the area the hospital serves.
Haven’s six-painting series was created over four months after the hospital commissioned her to paint them.
“They wanted artwork that depicted the six areas the hospital serves. It was a great surprise that they selected me,” Havens said.
The intricate artwork showcases the Dean’s Store in downtown Woodstock, downtown Canton, the Train Depot in Holly Springs, the administration building in Waleska, the Tate House in Tate and the Burger Bus in Ball Ground.
“I did not know a lot about each place until I went out to start painting them. I visited the areas several times to get all the details,” she said. “I wanted to depict each of the locations at the time when people are out to enjoy them. Such as the Dean Store, you want to get there before the sun casts a shadow over it. I spent a lot of time driving out to each of these locations.”
She said what sparked the hospitals interest in her work was one of her latest exhibitions, the 36 painting series all about downtown Woodstock, “Woodstock Vignettes.”
“Just as in that series, I captured people enjoying lunch, walking in the park and really tried to show the diverse and colorful energy in downtown Woodstock,” she said. “The six paintings for the hospital represent community, home and vibrancy with colorful and beautiful themes.”
The hospital’s goal, Havens said, was to feature 875 pieces by Georgia artists.
“All of the local artwork will make the patients feel at home, and the hospital did a brilliant job selecting artists and their work,” she said. “The hospital is a gorgeous space … it is gratifying to see artists’ that I know and I recognized their work. They did a wonderful job representing broad talent and great artists.”
Haven’s paintings will be installed in the cafeteria for all to see.
“I am honored where my paintings will be hanging. They will be there for the community and my hope is that seeing them will make everyone want to visit the areas they depict so they may see the beauty in these areas,” she said.
Havens is a full time professional artist living and working in Woodstock. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from Buffalo State College in New York in 1998. During her studies she was privileged to work with the education department at the world renowned Albright Knox Art Gallery.
After moving to Fort Worth, Texas, Havens was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University, which she earned in 2001. Surrounded by a thriving art community, she was able to work with the Kimbel Art Museum, curate shows at various locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and was student teacher at TCU, while creating her thesis exhibition, “Blurring the Line.” The show brought together the two biggest loves in Havens’ life: art and dance.
Another move brought her to Poquoson, Virginia, working with the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, where she taught art classes to all ages, including portrait painting and figure drawing. She also taught private lessons and continued to develop her own work, gaining entry into numerous juried exhibitions and earning several awards.
After settling in Woodstock, Havens has found a way to balance her time between creating her own work, teaching numerous classes and workshops and selling her art online. An active participant in local and nationally juried exhibitions, she continues to earn awards and accolades, including several Best in Shows.