Visit the Old Town Welcome Center at 33 E Boscawen St. just off the downtown mall to see our new exhibit of watercolor works from local artist Kira B. Skala. Her pieces explore botanicals and landscapes with color and purposeful brushstrokes and are not to be missed.
Kira has always been an artist, using different mediums throughout her life. Growing up in the Hudson Valley of New York State, she was fascinated by the shape, color and movement of rivers, trickling streams, hemlock forests, flora and the breezes of the Shawangunk Mountains. Kira spent endless hours and days outdoors, cultivating her natural curiosity and awe of how the earth lives and moves. Rhythm, movement and shape, line and light wound itself into Kira’s life as she studied ballet.
Through her love of dance, she moved to VA and received a BS from Shenandoah College and Conservancy of Music in 1985. She stayed in the field of dance for 12 years as a faculty member and choreographer at Vostrikov Academy of Ballet and the Virginia Youth Ballet. Through her work, she explored themes celebrating her early curiosity about shape, color, rhythm and movement.
Working with dancers led to a desire to explore life’s spiritual movement and answering a call to the ministry. She completed her Master’s of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral in 2001. She continued to serve two parishes in the Piedmont Region until her retirement in 2009. Her medium through her ministry serving God and the community was the power of words, liturgy and the sacraments.
Retirement has included many mediums! She creates beautiful artwork through quilting and hand embroidery. She is also an artful cook, gardener and photographer. She took an introduction to watercolor class with Kris Loya at Round Hill Arts Center in 2017 and she continues to paint on a daily basis. Her inspiration is the culmination of life experience and the natural world. Her current work focuses on the numinous and miraculous beauty found in nature.