Saturday, February 9, 2013

Beer with a Painter: Kyle Staver

Jennifer Samet (L) and Kyle Straver (R) (Photograph by Janice Nowinski)
Kyle Staver (left) and Jennifer Samet (right) (photograph by Janice Nowinski)
A couple of years ago, when I was still resisting Facebook, I heard about the debates Kyle Staver was spearheading there on the topic of Renoir’s late paintings. I set up a profile because I had to know more about this independent-minded female painter who likes Renoir’s work as much as I do. Since then, I’ve gotten to know Staver and her painting “in real life.” She’s dynamic on the canvas and off, a true cheerleader for her aesthetic causes, other artists, and friends.
Kyle Staver, "3 panels of  Acteon /Diana," (2012), oil on canvas, 68"x154"
Kyle Staver, “3 panels of Acteon /Diana,” (2012), oil on canvas, 68″x154″
It was Staver who, in part, suggested my interviews with artists take the form of “beer with a painter.” But when it came time for us to talk, I was invited to “the fort,” the corner table at Santa Fe Bar and Grill in Park Slope, where she and Janice Nowinski meet weekly for girls’ night over frozen margaritas.