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Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center announces a mosaic and collage exhibit as colorful as a patchwork quilt

Joshua Wagner

a collage exhibit

Nashville, TN --- This Spring, Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center will host an exhibit of mosaic and collage art as diverse as the pieces with which they are made. From crochet to stained glass, ceramic mosaics to mixed-media painting and collage, this show promises to weave a beautiful fabric from its interconnected parts.

The line-up of artists include Nancy Bowron (art quilts/collage), Lisa Haddad (mixed-media), Sam Simms (stained glass), Nan Kennedy (ceramic/mosaic sculpture), Patrick Rush (crochet), Linda Pounds (ceramic collage) and Timothy Durham (collage art).

Another facet to the show is abstract painter, Lisa Haddad. A graduate of the University of California, Lisa is a founding member of the Nashville Collage Collective, a local forum for artists exploring mixed media techniques. She has a passion for collaborative work. Her work is carried locally in the Frist Center’s gift shop and East Side Story. Her paintings have been exhibited all over the world. Haddad often paints with unstretched canvas and layers of texture. Through the method of layering, she adds a sculptural sensibility to her paintings that according to gallery manager, Joshua Wagner, “… are a feast for the eyes in both color and form.”

Taking a more 3-dimentional approach is ceramic and mosaic artist, Nan Kennedy. Given a foundational love of hand-building clay forms from former instructor, Lena Lucas, Kennedy constructs expressive mosaics from glass tiles and her sculpted clay figures. Influenced by folk art woodcarvings from Central America, Nan’s subject matter is often religious. Although she uses the same bold colors often found in iconic imagery, Nan’s figures reveal much more animation and imagination than the stoic figures of ancient church art. “Art should be beautiful as well as meaningful. There are many types of meaning and also different types of beauty, but I think artwork needs to arrest you on both levels.”


Another artist welding her way through design is stained glass artist, Sam Simms. By combining the use of a glass cutting band saw and the copper foil technique, Sam has taken the art of stained glass to a new and exciting level. Sam creates stained glass in styles from the modern and funky, to the traditional.  All are her own one-of-a-kind functional pieces of art. Simms explains, “Expanding the boundaries of conventional stained glass has always been my goal." Originally from Amityville, New York, Sam moved to Tennessee in 1962.  She studied Commercial Art at Watkins Institute and has been working in stained glass since 1987. She owns and operates her glass business, Stained Glass Accessories, located in Antioch, Tennessee.

Also participating in the collage exhibit are up-and-coming artists Patrick Rush, Linda Pounds and Timothy Durham. Patrick Rush grew up in central Virginia and studied music and visual art at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology.  He has been knitting and crocheting since high school. Rush is particularly interested in 20th century circular lace designs that utilize slow changing but constantly evolving patterns. These patterns are reminiscent of post-modernist music. He uses this same revolving structure to create his crocheted geometric and floral motifs. Currently, Patrick's focus is on recreating and reimagining patterns created by 20th century lace designers. Rush hopes to soon begin creating more original and contemporary pieces—he has recently shown his work in a collaborative art exhibit in Hillsboro Village.  

Timothy Durham likes to layer things. For his collage work, he collects natural items such as shells, sticks and sand, but he also uses household items like cloth, cereal and paper. Durham explains, “I choose this stuff because of its familiarity, but I choose to show scenes that aren't seen [every day].” Durham uses an epoxy called “super glaze” to encapsulate his collages, adding depth to his pieces. His collages are often part fantasy, part fiction. With such a narrative approach, each layer adds to the plot of the story.  


Rounding out the line-up is ceramic artist, Linda Pounds. A retired special education teacher, Linda spent most of her professional career working with children with severe emotional and behavioral issues. She experienced first-hand how therapeutic art can be, both for her students and herself. Working from hand-carved stamps, each porcelain piece is textured and blended together—constructing its own narrative from the layers beneath. Each piece, like each life…has a unique story to tell.

Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public.     

The exhibit is open April 4 - May 13, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. For more information, call Centennial Art Center at (615) 862-8442, visit online: or find them on Facebook.