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Metro Parks Centennial Art Center Gallery presents annual Art of Craft exhibit


TN Craft Artists

Centennial Art Center’s annual juried exhibit, The Art of Craft, featuring artists from Tennessee Craft Midstate will be on display Monday, October 12-November 18, 2020. An artists reception will be held Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. This year’s exhibit brings together a wide array of handcrafted items that will inspire gallery visitors. From hand-made precious metal jewelry and whimsical clay sculptures to scenic landscapes woven or captured by watercolor brush, this exhibit shows the range of talent among middle Tennessee’s fine craft artists.

The exhibit was juried by Becca Dilldine, Gallery Operations Coordinator of Appalachian Center for Craft. She selected nine Tennessee Craft Midstate artists from many applicants to display their artwork in this exhibit:

Amy Sterling captures unseen parts of her environment in a new series of paintings inspired by outdoor adventures. Her watercolor landscapes capture Tennessee in a way that connects the viewer to the hidden mysticism of nature.

Donna Rizzo incorporates alternative firing techniques into her clay sculptures. These narrative sculptures capture whimsical and tender moments and suggest movement and rhythm.

Laurie Davis is inspired by nature. Laurie imagines and assembles mosaics of cut stained-glass, stones, nipped tiles, and beads into landscapes and elaborate compositions.

David Taylor uses both hand-building and wheel-thrown techniques to construct altered earthenware vessels which are then hand-carved and finished with terra sigillata, stained oxide and borax washes. The textures and patterns he creates on the clay connect these modern forms to their ancient and primitive ancestors.

JoEl Logiudice draws the viewer in with handwoven, intimate landscapes and still lifes. These small weavings are smartly presented to create a focal point much larger than their scale.

Lindsay Walker constructs elegant and sophisticated designs using recycled silver and gold. Her forms balance geometric symmetry with organic materials in a fresh and modern style.

Kaitlin Savage produces hand-built, functional pottery with a modern yet earthy aesthetic. Her forms are sophisticated, utilizing clean lines and surface design.

Jim Jennings, Sr. uses assorted hardwoods and other exotic woods paired with acrylic paints to construct geometric and monolithic abstract compositions. His skillfully built aggregates incorporate layers of carpentry, inlay, color and collage.

Roberta Bell creates visual vignettes with fantastical fabric figures in elaborate textile backdrops. Her figures portray various narratives and adventures and evoke the viewer’s imagination to consider the world within the frame...and beyond.
Tennessee Craft Midstate is the largest chapter of Tennessee Craft. Boasting more than 200 artisans, it continues to grow as new artists join this thriving network of makers. This community involves the public by inviting them into shops and studios, teaching their craft, participating in craft fairs and displaying their work in galleries throughout Tennessee and across the country. Tennessee Craft has preserved and advanced the tradition of craft for over 50 years, and Centennial Art Center has been a long-time partner of the organization.

The Art of Craft will be on display from Monday, October 12 – November 18, 2020, with an opening reception Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, however, social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be required.

Centennial Art Center’s gallery is free and open to the public and is a division of Metro Parks & Recreation’s Cultural Arts and Visual Arts programming.

Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit CAC’s website or facebook page or send an e-mail to, Gallery Manager, or Visual Arts Supervisor, Phone: 615-862-8442