"The Free-Time Project" on view at The Studio through end of the Year

LACONIA — Artist Kate Lemay is busy. She has two young children, a full-time job and 24-7 responsibilities. One doesn't expect that "free time" enters much into her life.

Yet in 2012, she set a goal to create 4,000 small paintings, intimate, abstract pieces that reflect the colors of the spectrum and the seven chakras of traditional Hindu spiritual practice. Through the end of the year, 147 of these small works will be on view at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Laconia

Melissa McCarthy, owner of The Studio, feels this is a fitting exhibit to close the gallery's year. "The pieces are both lovely and deep. Individually they are microcosms of vibrant color. Taken together, they create a larger body that is visually stunning, spiritually moving and intellectually challenging."

As people reflect on the year past and the coming new year, Lemay's work can spark introspection on perception and vision. Lemay herself is thrilled to have a local venue for this portion of the work. "About 70 pieces were shown last year in Los Angeles. In February I'm hoping to show 294 pieces at Kripalu in Massachusetts, My goal is to exhibit all 3,780 pieces internationally. But I'm so glad to have an exhibit in my hometown!"

"The Free-Time Project" is on view at The Studio through the end of December. A reception for the artist with a gallery talk will be held Sunday, November 10 from noon to 4 p.m. The Studio is open Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, or at other times by chance or appointment. Expanded holiday hours will begin on November 29. Call 603-455-8008 for details or more information.