Inspire Arts, an arts enrichment program for the patients, visitors, staff and community of Hennepin County Medical Center, is pleased to present a solo exhibit of oil paintings by Minnesota artist Karen Kiefer. Primarily featuring people in settings that seem familiar, Ms. Kiefer captures the life right in front of us in 35 skillfully rendered paintings. Ordinary scenes such as a woman waiting for a flight at the airport and a young man playing video games are infinitely relatable yet reveal something larger about ourselves. The individuals and scenes depicted are further brought to life with narrative “back-stories” written by the artist that accompany each painting.

A second generation painter, Ms. Kiefer has worked full time as a figurative oil painter and instructor for the past 21 years. She is a prolific member of the Elk River Area Arts Alliance. Almost Home remains on view through April 25, 2013 in HCMC’s cafeteria dining room on the third floor of the Orange Building.