Kelly Klages is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2003 and interned at Beaumont Pottery in Phoenix, Maryland. In 2004, Kelly married Alex Klages and moved to Winkler, Manitoba, where Alex was called to serve as pastor to two congregations in the Lutheran Church-Canada. Kelly’s work has been on display in various galleries and locations throughout southern Manitoba, including the Pembina Hills Art Gallery, the Tiger Hills Art Gallery, and the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg.
Over the years, Kelly has taken a special interest in detailed portraiture, liturgical artworks, and miniature painting. Her primary medium is acrylics, but she enjoys experimenting with many forms of art and crafting. She has painted card designs for Emmanuel Press and is currently working with a company called Ad Crucem, providing an assortment of products such as jewelry, ornaments, and handmade cards. Kelly takes commissions for fine art ranging from portraits and still life to illuminated calligraphy.
A mother of three, Kelly’s interest in art as a catechetical resource also led her to create the book Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, a collection of illustrated hymns for children. She maintains a blog about Lutheran art at Confessional Lutheran Ecclesiastical Art Resources (CLEAR). Her interest in writing about theology led to the book Water with the Word: A Baptism Q&A, various magazine articles, and a developing interest in hymn-writing. Her first published hymn, “Sing We Exiles,” is available through Concordia Publishing House as part of their 2015 resources for Lent. Her second published hymn, "My Place is With You" is to be part of the 2016 Lent resource package from CPH. Kelly's hymn "Fan Into Flame" is also to be used at the 2015 LWML-Canada convention. In 2015, she provided illustrations for children's resources pertaining to domestic abuse for the LCMS Task Force on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. The coloring/prayer books are available for free from the LCMS website.
Kelly Klages currently lives in Morden, Manitoba, with her husband, daughter, and two sons.
To see some of Kelly's projects, take a look at the GALLERY.
To contact Kelly:
418 10th St
Morden, MB R6M 1L8