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Centennial Art Center’s exhibit Four Voices touts unique artistic expression

3/24/2019

Centennial Art Center’s latest exhibit Four Voices heralds in spring with the fresh style and unique perspectives of four Nashville-based female artists. Keavy Murphree and Rebecca Blevins will both showcase streamlined ceramic sculptures and Lakesha Moore and Georganna Greene will display expressive paintings, but those similarities are simply a starting point for each unique voice. Four Voices opens with an artist reception on Friday, April 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., where gallery visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibit will remain on display through May 30, 2019.

Ceramic sculpture

Keavy Murphree’s ceramic sculptures combine a primitive aesthetic with modern sensibilities. Inspired by a reinterpretation of themes explored through the ages in totemic sculpture and animal-inspired figures, these intriguing sculptures are dominated by clean lines. Their organic forms, subtle textures and colors draw the viewer in.

Keavy, who received her BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, uses her design skills to reimagine and reinterpret the ordinary into unusual, beautifully sculpted artwork.

Georganna Greene’s expressive paintings integrate organic fluid forms with a delicate sense of light and color. The paintings seem to move with shapes that emerge and retreat. Playful lines and shapes seem to coalesce before they fall apart again. For Georganna, these paintings express a curious humming energy that seems to run beneath the surface of her life. Paint is her means of communicating.

oil painting

In the past year, Georganna has incorporated a plein-air ritual into her practice. These onsite works often lead to larger, improvisational paintings in the studio. Her spirit is replenished by poetry, music, dance and other creative outlets. She considers and is inspired by how we as an inventive species intersect and relate to our ever-changing natural home.

Georganna earned her BFA at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and studied Painting and Art History at Studio Art Centers International in Italy. Georganna is represented locally by Red Arrow Gallery and has a concurrent solo exhibit April 5 - May 5, 2019.

oil painting

Lakesha Moore’s layered paintings explore the ideas of identity, memory, and belonging. Lakesha believes that these are inseparable and undeniable in shaping who we are as individuals. She is moved by the function of perception and how it changes the individual and collective memory of their respective histories. Her work addresses the phenomenon of how people constantly situate themselves in historical knowns and unknowns because of expectations, whether self-imposed or otherwise.

Her rich figurative work and layered landscapes of color and form provide the viewer with a mirror that reflects and confronts one’s perceptions and the world within.

Lakesha earned her MFA with a focus on painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She completed her MEd in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University and is a faculty member in Tennessee State University’s Art & Design Department.

Rebecca Blevins’ clay sculptures integrate clean lines and balanced forms to create a unique minimalist aesthetic. She creates these studied forms to find balance in her own life. Pulling and pushing, she moves through the tension in her larger work to locate a slow rhythm that quietly morphs into the final quiet beauty of each piece.

ceramic sculpture

She believes that ceramic sculptures should be something we live in or with, creating a balance where none exists.

Design is forefront in Rebecca’s creations. With a focus on form rather than function, she transforms everyday objects elevating their aesthetic. When working she gives herself fully to the material. Whether hand building small chain necklaces for other’s adornment or creating larger monolithic forms, each piece is meticulously shaped.

Rebecca Blevins is the ceramic artist behind Blevins Ceramics. Rebecca has been working in clay for over fifteen years and is a teaching artist in Nashville. Her studio is currently located in Elephant Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Centennial Art Center’s exhibit, Four Voices, will present gallery visitors with an opportunity to explore perceptions, enjoy beautiful work and perhaps even find their own voice for artistic expression. The exhibit is open April 12 – May 30, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Centennial Art Center is a visual arts community center located in the northeast corner of Nashville’s Centennial Park. Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open April 12th – May 30th, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call Centennial Art Center at 615-862-8442, visit online: nashville.gov/cac or find them on facebook.