LEMONT – Kelly Kopacz’s thoughts often turn to her art when she is not painting.
“Even if you stop for a while, your mind is always racing with new ideas of what to do,” she said. “You doodle. I’ll bring a notebook to work.”
Kopacz, a member of the Lemont Artists Guild, is the featured artist for October at the Lemont Center for the Arts.
Her pieces consist of acrylic paintings that use texture.
“I feel like her work has a lot of passion in it and she really expresses herself in her artwork,” said Lemont Artists Guild President Liz Popp.
Kopacz said painting is a way for her to escape.
“You can paint for hours and if you don’t have a clock – one time I did it and it was like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s almost twelve and I have to go to work tomorrow,’” she said.
Kopacz, who grew up in Berwyn, said her passion for art started when she won a “Keep Our Town Beautiful” contest as a grade school student.
“After that, all I thought about was art,” she said. “It’s weird how one thing can change everything.”
Though she earned her college degree in graphic design and business, Kopacz said her passion has always been with fine art.
She joined the Lemont Artists Guild about a year-and-a-half ago.
Popp said Kopacz is an energetic and active member.
“She has brought a lot of fun and spunk for our guild,” she said.
Kopacz is the group’s representative to the Alliance of Fine Arts and is the editor of the Alliance’s newsletter. She is also a member of the Addison Art Guild and the Elmhurst Artists Guild.
She is part of several online art communities that helped her participate in a digital show in New York and could lead to a solo show in Italy next year.
Kopacz said she enjoys how some of these smaller connections turn into larger opportunities to share her art.
“Everything evolves into different things I never thought I would do at this point in my life,” she said.