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Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA) presents 'SUMMER COLLECTIVE: Group Artist
Showcase', featuring new works by contemporary abstract painter, Carly Allen-Martin, with an
opening reception on Saturday, June 24th at 5:00pm.


Carly Allen-Martin describes the message of her work as one of "resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth,
and fearlessness.” Color is the Dallas-based artist's primary tool for conveying this message, followed by
layer and attention to detail. Each painting bares an extraordinary depth, a trail of layers that reveals
how each original work came to be. Although oil is Allen-Martin's primary medium, drawing remains
critical to her practice. The unapologetic grit of pressed charcoal and the graceful mark of soft pastels
combine to create rich surfaces and a remarkably vibrant chromatic experience for the viewer.

The artist says, "Overall, what I am interested in is creating honest, authentic, uplifting work that can thrive
in interior spaces, and enriches the lives of both the artist and the viewer. I believe that the world needs
optimistic work, with which we can interact on a daily basis, that gently nudges us to live more boldly,
more considerately, and more authentically as the individuals we were created to be.”

Carly Allen-Martin studied at the Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, the
European Academy of Fine Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan.
She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University and completed a residency at the
Vermont Studio Center. Featured in the Dallas Morning News and LUXE Interiors + Design magazine,
the work of Cary Allen-Martin is collected publicly and privately both internationally and across the
United States. Public Collections include BBVA Compass Bank and Texas Christian University.