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Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center announces next exhibit to include oil paintings,wood-turned vessels and collaborative drawings by local artists.


Nashville, TN --- Currently displaying artwork by its teaching staff through January 30th, Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center has announced its next line-up of three local artists in a show that promises to inspire. Invited back to the gallery is oil painter, Matthew Deric Gore, and illustrator, Hannah Rowell, both displaying new work alongside wood turned vessels by emerging artist Barry Werner.  The new exhibit will be on display from Friday, February 7th - March 25th with the artists’ reception to be held Friday, February 7th from 5-7pm.
 The Collector, oil, Matthew Deric GoreMatthew Deric Gore’s oil paintings will warm up the walls of the gallery this winter. His dark yet colorful canvases of arranged still life images tell a rich story through the creative juxtaposition of key elements and subject matter. Be it by humor, ambiguity, or randomness, his paintings evoke a narrative that invites the audience to seek significance through quiet contemplation.  He explains, “They can be a bit melancholy, too.” Even so, they are stories worth being told. Gore is a trained graphic designer and illustrator. He left his design profession in 2008 to further pursue his deep interest in oil painting. He is frequently exhibits art through the Tennessee Art League and is represented by The Haynes Galleries locations in Nashville and Thomaston, Maine.
Shifting Dreams, charcoal,  Hannah Rowell with  twin daughters Aila and AvianaFollowing in a similar mysterious nature as Gore is the latest series by illustrator Hannah Rowell. Her newest work is collaboration between her and her 5-year-old twin daughters, Aila and Aviana. Her meticulous charcoal drawings coupled with the whimsical doodles of children create an intriguing marriage. “The work speaks to the illusory nature of art and reality,” Rowell adds, “It reminds me to continue asking, ‘What is real?’”  After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001, Hannah Rowell continued to pursue of a career in art. She works from her home studio in the woods of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, where her professional work includes commercial illustration and commissioned portraits. Rowell is currently showing work at Art and Invention Gallery in East Nashville, Shimai Gallery at the Loveless Café and Wild Duck Soup, a gift emporium in Centerville, Tennessee. Rowell teaches adult and children’s classes at Shimai Gallery and Casa dei Montessori.
Natural Edge Bowl, wood turning, Barry WernerRounding out the show is emerging artist and wood turner, Barry Werner. An Ohio native, Werner relocated to Nashville about 22 years ago. Upon retiring from a 33 year career with Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Barry Werner found time to pursue his life-long interest of woodworking. About 8 years ago, he read an article in the paper about a wood show and demonstration and decided to check it out. What he found that night about working with wood and wood turning greatly impacted his life. He first studied woodturning with Fred Takacs at a community learning program once held at the local Stratford High School. Since then he has taken multiple workshops and classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Using a lathe and other carving tools, Werner crafts beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art, both functional and decorative. He often carves these works from locally harvested wood. Werner explains, “Here in Tennessee, we live in the midst of one of the richest deciduous forests in the world…but I have never had to cut down a living tree just for the purpose of obtaining wood.” Werner will often complete commissions for vessels turned trees that held certain significance for an individual or community such as a series of bowls he turned from a 400-year old Oak tree from the Brentwood Library.  Barry Werner is a member of the Tennessee Art League and regularly shows work in TAL’s gallery and gift shop.
Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public.     
The exhibit is open February 7 - March 26, 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.