The Story of Kyra Coates and Infuse Gallery
Kyra Coates has painted since her fingers were big enough to grip a paintbrush. She was trained throughout her youth and went on to study at the Corcoran School of Art and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She began showing her work professionally in 2001 with great success. However, at that time she felt discouraged by the lack of service to the greater good in the art world. Besides occasional charity events there never seemed to be a way these components came together, and much of Kyra's art and life's calling was driven by this desire for service. So in 2005 she took a hiatus from the art world and went to live as a nun and dive into humanitarian service. After three years of monastic life she continued her studies at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where she combined Religious Studies and Psychology to understand the Psychology of Enlightenment in various religious traditions around the world.
She returned to the art world professionally in 2014 and founded Infuse Gallery with the mission to use art as a tool of social activism. She has partnered with several nonprofits, and for each piece of art sold, a percentage of the sale is donated directly back to them. Kyra has partnered with both emerging and established career artists with world-wide success, while also providing a platform to those served through the nonprofits to sell their art in the gallery. This gives them creative and financial empowerment and an opportunity to give back to those who helped them. Art becomes the means for social change to happen!
Beyond Infuse Gallery, Kyra has also exhibited in multiple gallery shows, publications, juried exhibitions, and has participated as a juror in art shows.