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Christina Loraine works in acrylic and mixed media her process includes smearing and smudging the paint with her fingertips and her brushstrokes tend to be fine and slightly sporadic. She also works with sandpaper to create texture and movement; scratching away the built-up layers of paint is also evocative of the idea of peeling back layers to better understand what we are seeing and experiencing in our lives. Often times our nightly dreams do just that. Much of Christina's work is inspired by the Animals she encounters in her nightly dreams.

Christina Loraine has been on the art path since 2006, but has always been an Artist. Working with acrylic and mixed media she has defined her own recognizable style that is best described as gritty realism. She stays busy with commissioned paintings for pet portraits and vehicles from clients worldwide. Her work has won several awards and distinctions including a painting published in Art Ascent magazine's Feb. 2017 issue.

Christina studied Philosophy at Western Illinois University and then lived in Atlanta for several years where she first began exhibiting her work. Now she lives an hour outside of Chicago Illinois with her husband, son, and animals. She stays active as an exhibiting artist at various galleries and festivals in the region as well as helping to organize art events. Christina also enjoys instructing art classes for both children and adults on occassion.

Always the storyteller in one medium or another, Christina's recent projects have included art of the literary variety where her voice tends to be more poetic over prose, preferring science fiction over Shakespear.

Art 4 Heart . Feb 2019, Feb 2018, Feb 2017, Feb 2016, Feb 2015, Feb 2014 ,Feb 2013, Feb 2012
Majestic Theater. Kankakee, IL

Live Painting at Riverside Medical Center 9am-1pm, 2/14/2019

Anniversary Exhibit, April 2018 and 2017
FEED Arts and Cultural Center, Kankakee IL

"Tell Me About the Sea {Self Portrait with Dream Animals}" original painting
published in Feb. 2017 issue of Art Ascent magazine

Art, Music, and Dreams in the Canyon. Instructed art workshops, Sept. 2016
Wellness Retreat in Unionville, Nevada

Art Classes & Art Camps instructed through the Bourbonnais Township Park District
(summers of 2016, 2016, & 2017 )

Instructed art classes for Kankakee Community College's Girl's STEAM program
(summer of 2016, 2017, 2018)

Verse & Vision, June 2015
Group Exhibition
FEED - Kankakee IL

Wolves, Feathers & Syncroncities: Artwork by Christina Loraine & Brittany Vance
Sept 2014
FEED - Kankakee IL

SELF . July 2014
Juried Exhibition, the Gretchen Charlton Gallery, Kankakee IL
awarded a blue ribbon for "Tell Me About the Sea {Self Portrait with Dream Animals}"

State of the Art . June 2014
Group Exhibit of 10 artists
John Barleycorn - River North, Chicago IL

Emerging Artists Exhibit . Feb 2014
Morpho Gallery
Chicago, IL

Juried Fall Art Exhibit, Group Show. Sept 2013
Honorable Mention award for "King of Clubs"
Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL

Judges Award. Sept 2013
Art in the Park in Galesburg, IL

"Dreams within Me" National Art Competition. July 2013
1st place for "Air in the Time of Marcus Aurelius"
Gulf Coast Art

Phoenix Rising Chicago presents: Gynaeceum. June 2013
Group show of visual and performance art
The Double Door, Chicago, IL

Live Painting Competition . April 2013
2nd place
Uncubed River East Arts Center. Chicago, IL

Emerging Artists Exhibit . Feb 2013
Morpho Gallery
Chicago, IL

Self Portrait Exhibit. Feb 2013
Studio 659
Whiting, IN

Expansion: A Pop-Up Gallery. Oct-Nov 2012

Lacuna Artist Lofts
Chicago, IL

Flying House 8.25.2012
"Letters into the Void" installation
Maes Studio, Chicago, IL

Abstracts of Love, Group Show 2.2010 - 3.2010
Jack Art Gallery
Atlanta, GA

Off the Wall, Group Art Show 10.23.09

Defoor Centre Gallery

Atlanta, GA

The Rites of Spring: Four Artists- Four Mediums 3.19.09 - 4.30.09
Defoor Centre Gallery
Atlanta, GA

Off the Wall, Group Art Show 11.15.08
Defoor Centre Gallery
Atlanta, GA

Group Art Show 10.4.2008
Neighborhood Gallery Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
exhibited a collection of 15 paintings entitled "heaven, hell, & the color grey"

Employee's Picks Group Show 6.14.2008
MINT Gallery, Atlanta GA

It's only Rock 'n Roll Group Art Show 1.26.2008
curated by Christina Loraine
MINT Gallery, Atlanta GA

Off the Wall Group Show 11.17.2007
Defoor Centre Gallery, Atlanta GA

Haunted Art Show 10.26.2007
dooGallery, Atlanta GA

MIXT Group Art Show 8.25.2007
MINT Gallery, Atlanta GA

Group Art Show 8.18.2007
dooGallery, Atlanta GA

Tiki Tiki Tiki Group Art Show 8.11.2007
dooGallery, Atlanta GA

Go Skate Deck Group Art Show 6.23.2007
dooGallery, Atlanta GA

Please reach out via email: ChristinaLoraine@gmail.com

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2019 Calendar:

2/14/2019 :
Live Painting at Riverside Medical Center (near the giftshop)
9:00 - 1:00 pm

2/28/2019 :
Art 4 Heart: The Journey to a Health Heart Through the Artist's Eye
8th Annual art exhibition for area high school artists
sponsored by Riverside Medical Center and curated by Christina Loraine

3/12 - 3/31/2019 :
Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens
Group Art Exhibition
Closing Reception on Saturday, 3/30

"So, I hear you've been doing some writing?" . . .

* My first book will be published later in 2019 by Atmosphere Press ... details to come!

* Sci-fi poem "The Tree Builder" was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by its publisher, Eye to the Telescope.

* "The Tree Builder" was published in THE 2018 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY