Home at the Hive
Painter Allison Keim creates and teaches at collaborative space in downtown Jenks.
Allison Keim paints in her studio at the Hive in Jenks.
From the time she could read Dr. Seuss books, Allison Keim wanted to be an artist/teacher/mother. Today the parent to three is an artist in residence at the Hive in downtown Jenks, a studio, gallery and event space where she also teaches workshops. Mission accomplished.
“I’ve always been interested in composition — how things are arranged,” Keim says. She started out in journalism before studying art and art history at the University of Tulsa. “Writing was an illustrative thing for me,” she says. Drawing is another way for her to communicate.
Early travels led Keim toward abstract art. In Japan in 2001, she learned how the gesture of the brush creates beauty. Modern exhibits in New York and San Francisco connected with her. Studying Jackson Pollack convinced her each splatter has a purpose.
It’s not just about what’s on the canvas, but how it got there. Keim finds inspiration in the color palette of Oklahoma’s weather and landscapes, “especially where the hills meet the skies,” she says.
Keim is one of three artists in residence at the Hive, with Chris Hopkins and Christopher Westfall. The multi-purpose building is a key part of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce (also housed there) plan to make the city an arts hub.
The Hive is 10 minutes from Keim’s home, five minutes from her kids’ school and her dream come true. “It’s an incredible honor, a strange feeling,” she says. “I belong in a studio … painting.”