Color and form collide in summertime exhibit at Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center.
Nashville, TN --- Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center has announced a vibrant summertime display sure to make eyes dance. Three local artists are contributing to this exhibit: James Threalkill, a well-known painter and arts advocate, Edward Belbusti, an architect and sculptor, and John “Jahni” Moore, a painter and illustrator from Huntsville, Alabama. The colorful and dynamic paintings of Threalkill and Moore will surround the architectural forms of Edward Belbusti’s ceramic constructions. The new exhibit will be on display from Friday, June 6th –July 23rd with the artists’ reception to be held Friday, June 6th from 5-7pm.
Nashville native James Threalkill is a veteran to Nashville’s growing art scene—having been a benchmark participant as a local artist for over 30 years. His career as an artist began right here with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation where he was an art instructor after earning a Fine Art degree from Vanderbilt University. He credits his mother as being the biggest supporter of his development as an artist. His is an Emmy Award winner and muralist, He has created and collaborated on large-scale mural projects all over the city, including the Vanderbilt Pediatric Clinic and the Nashville International Airport.
Another artist akin to large-scale projects is ceramic artist, Edward Belbusti. Born in 1954, Belbusti studied architecture at Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1981. Prior to moving to Nashville, he worked as an architect in both New York and Baltimore. After relocating to the South in 1989, he began working at Vanderbilt University as University Architect. His sculpting career began in 2011 after he retired from architecture, although he admits architecture still plays a strong role in his artwork. In his artist statement he writes, "I use my 30 years of experience in architecture as the foundation of my thinking about form. I imagine the possibility of each sculpture existing in many different scales – from a desktop piece to a large public sculpture or an entire building. The vocabulary of my work is the clay slab which I deform in various ways to explore the balance, tension, and structure of the piece as well as the interplay between the components within the piece. In some pieces, I use surface texture and color to suggest that the piece could be made of steel, wood, plastic, or another generic material. In a similar way, the scale of the piece is meant to be ambiguous, thus creating in the viewer’s imagination the possibility of a monumentally scaled piece.
As an artist he has gained notoriety both in the United States and Colombia, South America for his creative and humanitarian accomplishments. He believes creativity should be an integral part of any effective educational (and healing) process. Much of his artwork centers around social commentary and cultural awareness and is created with the thoughtful use of either drawing charcoal or acrylic paint. In 1999 he completed a large mural at Earlyworks Children's Museum in Huntsville, Alabama which is still on exhibit today. Jahni has taught art on every academic level from kindergarten to college. His present style is characterized as Numinousneoism, a term coined by Artist John Solomon Sandridge. Numinousneosim is “unbridled creative expression from the essence of the creative spirit.” The show will remain on display through July 23, 2014.
Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open June 6 – July 23, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm. For more information, call Centennial Art Center at (615) 862-8442, visit online: http://www.nashville.gov/cac or find them on Facebook.