June’s Artist of the Month is Irina Kahn. Originally from North Carolina, Irina Kahn moved to Norway five years ago to enjoy the coast and the beautiful landscapes of Maine. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania 1973, she worked and traveled as a banker in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington. After marriage, Irina pursued a career in art at University of Greenville, receiving a Master’s Degree in Art. Upon graduation in 1990 Ms. Kahn worked for many years as an art professor and an art teacher. She was head of the Art Department at a private school in North Carolina.
Her work was featured by the North Carolina Museum of Art at the Greenville Airport 1990. She moved to Maine 2009 and helped promote the arts as officer of Western Maine Art Group and headed up the Norway Arts for several years. Today she is a docent at the Portland Art Museum and continues her career as a studio artist. She maintains a presence in two galleries, Main Street Gallery and Gallery 448, in Norway. Her work has been featured at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Oxford Credit Union, Norway Savings Bank, The Matolcsy Arts Center, McLaughlin Gardens. She enjoys several genre of work, still life, marine scenes and landscapes.
Irina has lived near water most of her life and she enjoys portraying the special effects that water offers, both as water, and as it contributes to atmospheric effects in the sky. Her media varies from watercolor, pastel and now mostly oils. She is also know for her large florals and sunflowers.