A hidden beauty of the world is revealed through the Chinese brush paintings of Xie Weiqiang. Although a contemporary fine artist from China, Xie is well-known for his expertise in the classic Chinese style of painting. These exquisite paintings show the natural balance of bright feathered birds and colorful flowers.
March, April 2019
About the Artist
Cody Hale is a contemporary artist currently based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 and has been creating and showing work for over 13 years. While Cody creates work in a variety of mediums and techniques, he primarily works in ink, and his signature technique consists of splattering ink in multiple controlled layers on illustration board. Cody uses toothbrushes instead of traditional paint brushes as tools to create his ink splatter pieces. Visually, his work largely focusses on texture and sharp contrasting values, and the themes in his work are derived from his interpretations of popular cultural icons and his interest in the mysterious and the unknown.
My technique consists of splattering ink with toothbrushes in a controlled way to create detailed images with heavily layered textures, tonal shifts, and strong contrasting values. Ideas for my work generally derive from my everyday encounters with popular culture. I am interested in the physical and mental connections between people and the things they idolize. I am also interested in creating work that deals with the unknown and mysterious, sometimes approaching these subjects in a satirical manner.
Biography for Mitchell Chamberlain
For over thirty years, I have actively pursued the goal of making visual art an integral part of my life. Since 1995, for example, I have completed over 300 paintings and quite a few pen and ink drawings. Likewise, during this time I have had 40 solo exhibits, two paired exhibits, and have been accepted in 45 national and regional juried shows in various locations of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I have recently exhibited my paintings in galleries in Nashville and Chattanooga, as well as in Kentucky and Indiana. In addition, I participated in various group exhibits with the Nashville Artist Guild and the Tennessee Art League. From 2000 to 2004, I had the honor of serving as the president of the Nashville Artist Guild. I have also participated in a number of charitable events, such as Saddle Up and the Bethlehem Center.
My paintings explore the abstract qualities that can be found in an intimate study of nature. The patterns and textures found in stone, or the whimsical patterns created by leaves or gravel strewn on the ground provide an endless source of creative possibilities. I strive to portray the dramatic forces of destruction and renewal that occur constantly in our world. Although based on elements in nature, my work evolves out of imagined compositions.
June, July 2019
August, September 2019
Woman's Work is a collective exhibition featuring a group of women working across multiple mediums. Featuring the works of Laine Bratcher Cantrell, Heloise Shilstat, Robin Caddell, Pamela Mack, Sheryl Thurman Miller and Susan Carter.
Laine Bratcher Cantrell - I began my art career in photography focusing primarily on black and white hand tinted portraits. Expanding to landscapes and interiors using bold colors of oils on photographic prints, I started to blend photography and painting. At the advent of digital technology, I turned to acrylic and oil on canvas and included digital paintings as part of my artwork. I am now exploring encaustics, the art of painting with heated bees wax. According to Wikipedia, the word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos which means to burn in. Earliest works date back one hundred to three hundred A.D. It is an old art form that I find fascinating. Using a heat gun and heated bees wax, I try to create pieces that are luminous, colorful and free.
Heloise Shilstat - My paper mosaics are “painted” using quality magazine paper and Elmer’s glue.
The first ones I made in 2005 were from seed catalogs: a turkey and a mosaic version of Picasso’s Le Coq. Some of my next pictures were farm scenes with round hay bales, for which I used photos of blond hair. I try never to use leaves for leaves, flowers for flowers, etc., but the shortage of non-plant green in fashion and architectural magazines (the best paper) is a challenge.
Subjects are usually inspired by my time in the woods or on the river, and sometimes from dreams. Occasionally, I copy Childe Hassam or Gustav Klimt paintings.
I have no formal training and my degree is in engineering. My formal career related to advising on environmental regulations.
Susan Carter - I paint abstract and representational acrylic paintings on canvas, bright whimsical watercolor portraits of people and animals, and murals. People, plants, birds, animals and insects that I encounter in my daily life are often featured in my artwork. I am also a Creativity Coach. Although all of the creativity gatherings are about empowerment some are centered on calmness and relaxation others are fun-focused.
Sheryl Thurman Miller - Art came to me in my darkest hour. I was struggling to survive my life’s tragedies. The death of my beloved son and my mother’s battle with & loss to Alzheimer’s. Having found no comfort in therapy, the struggle for peace and normalcy consumed me. A Valentine’s gift of drawing pads and pencils from my now husband, and encouragement from a local artist opened a window. Letting light into dark corners. I discovered that when I put pen to paper and eventually paint to canvas I could stop thinking to be in the moment. I finally found peace. I am happiest when I am creating whether it be a complete abstract or a goat driving a pickup my heart has remembered how to feel the good stuff again.
Robin Caddell - Robin Jackson Caddell is a mixed media artist. Working with fabric, paper and acrylic paint, this self-taught artist draws from her fashion background to create pieces full of movement, texture and color. Robin’s influences range from couture fashion, nature and music to faith, the evidence of which is seen in the detail of her fluid paintings and romantic whimsy of paper canvases. She lives in Christiana, TN.
I have worked with paper and fabric for years, yet never considered myself an artist until recently. It is when I allowed myself the freedom to create without any pattern, restraint or limits did my ideas flow more fully! Each piece is created with joy and love and is meant to lift the spirit of the receiver.
Pamela Mack - I came from a family that loved to draw. I attempted my first serious drawing when I was just five years old. That is when I drew a one-dollar bill on a piece of scrap paper. It was a very convincing piece of realism and George Washington never looked better. At least my three-year-old sister thought so, as I had persuaded her to buy some candy with it. The cashier, apparently not an art lover, wasn’t convinced and the endeavor failed.
My counterfeiting days are behind me and for the past many years I’ve poured my passion, energy and creativity into oil painting. There is so much to love about the entire painting process: learning to see, sketching, holding the brush, mixing colors, the first kiss of paint to the canvas and of course, the exhilaration of creating something from the void, something that wasn’t there before.
October, November 2019
Casey Malone is a retired educator who began pursuing digital photography after spending 32 years in the middle school classroom.
Casey has been creating digital fine art for the past seven years. He has won numerous awards and has shown his art in multiple exhibits in the Southeast. Casey’s image, “Reflecting” recently won Runner-up as Best in Show at the 2019 Focus on the Boro Photography Exhibit.
Through his landscape images, Casey seeks to capture the emotion of the land or the sea and those things which make nature so soothing and comforting to us all. He also enjoys photographing objects of Americana that have stood the test of time. He is passionate about creating images which evoke a determination to overcome and survive.
To Casey beauty can come in a rusty car, a well worn fishing boat, a weather-beaten flower, or a cliff shrouded in morning fog.
HeArt of Tennessee is a community-building project (Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne and Eagleville) that has involved artists of all ages, races and socioeconomic categories. The project consists of three phases, the first of which has been completed under the leadership of a recently connected creative community. In Phase I of the project, 24 local artists painted 24 large (24") aluminum hearts fabricated by local blacksmith Joe Brown. Local artists, painter Norris Hall and sculptor Lewis Snyder, consulted with project organizers on materials that would be weather sustaining. Project organizers contacted local businesses to sponsor the hearts. This money was used for paint and materials for the hearts, and the remaining will be used toward the final sculpture. In October 2018, at the Boro Art Crawl, on the public square in Murfreesboro, the hearts were displayed on easels for the public to view. After the event, the hearts were displayed around the courthouse square in business windows. This show will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts November 11th-January 6th with a reception December 13th from 6-7:30 during the Boro Art Crawl.
In Phase II, they will be collected and assembled into public art with a 14' centerpiece sculpture that will reside in the Breezeway by Gateway Island. The design of this sculpture was developed by Michael Baggerly, Sharon Kolli and Ginny Togrye with the theme of HeArt of TN promoting the love and inclusiveness of our city. The hearts will be a secondary element around the centerpiece sculpture and placed in a lower base and concrete pad. A honeycomb grid fence will be around the entire sculpture installation fitting in with the Breezeway's theme of pollination. Phase III of the project will add an open gazebo with seating. Our goal is for this to be the first of many public sculptures our citizens can enjoy and to set our city on a path as a cultural destination.
Participating artists include Lisa Sims, Richard Spry, Susan Rodehaver, Diane Stockard, Sharon Mayeux, April Broussard, Susan Gulley, Kay Currie, Lewis and Eric Snyder, Sheryl Ann Miller Turman, Suzanne LeBeau, Phil Wagner, Delaney Fitzhugh, Carol Berning, Dawn Magliacano, Norris Hall, Mira Patel, Ashley Buchanon, Lisa Browning, Abby Reish, Sharon Kolli, Ginny Togrye, Kory Wells, Lynn Anthony, and Janice Reeves.