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Centennial Art Center Gallery Presents: The Art of Craft - A Tennessee Craft Midstate Exhibit


TN Craft Midstate Artwork

Centennial Art Center’s annual juried exhibit, The Art of Craft, featuring artists from Tennessee Craft Midstate, opens Friday, August 16, with a reception from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and will be on display through September 26, 2019. The Art of Craft exhibit provides gallery visitors with a feast for the senses with its beautiful handmade artwork. This year’s exhibit includes ceramic sculpture and functional ware, jewelry, glass, photography, weaving and mixed-media sculpture and vignettes.

The exhibit was juried by Sophie Glenn, Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft (2019, Wood) and Stephanie Wilhelm Artist in Residence Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft (2018-2019) and Red Lodge Clay Center (2019-2020, ceramics). Together, they selected the following Tennessee Craft Midstate artists to display their artwork in Centennial Art Center’s Gallery (Artists are listed in order of the artwork shown above, from left to right, top to bottom):

Alice Shepherd creates beautiful kiln formed glass to which she adds left-over gears, washers, bolts, etc. A Nashville native, Alice’s Industrial Sculpture Collection, is an exploration that works to reconcile her personal history of being raised by mechanics and machinists with the rapid cultural changes occurring in her hometown.

Roberta Bell designs and hand crafts her small Wild Lulu fabric figures embellishing them with beading, handmade ceramic pieces, and other materials. Roberta’s whimsical dolls often embody wildness and express independence.

Larry and Tracey Rogers work as a team to create uniquely beautiful alternative fired and functional pottery. Thrown (Larry) and handbuilt (Tracey) – their creative collaboration comes together in the finishing process with a variety of hues obtained by aluminum foil saggar, raku or horsehair firing.

Alexis Colbert tells stories with puppets, mounted heads and vignettes she makes using paper maché and polymer clay. Bringing to mind vintage toys and folk art, her sculptures -- with their moving parts and handsewn clothing -- live in enchanted, magical worlds designed to delight.

John Roeder photographs windows into a world that open a gateway into something mysterious and interesting. The abstract images in this exhibit are printed on clear acrylic presenting a colorful collection of patterns and shapes.

JoEl Logiudice weaves small tapestries in wool yarns with cotton warp. These small gems -- landscapes of sunsets, oceans and Tennessee hills or garden images -- are reminiscent of small paintings.

Jennifer Beresford creates ceramic sculpture that mimics the human form and earth simultaneously. Her materials, clay and rock, represent a visceral connection to the earth. Her Guardians express the ancient, the totemic, with a goal of conveying a feeling of wisdom gained from a long existence.

Sara King uses photography to capture the emotions and personality of a person or scene. Her current work of cyanotypes on fabric and Bristol paper explore the topic of mental illness with the goal of having people seen and heard.

Judith Kittredge makes unique jewelry with exotic materials such as ornate copper crosses strung with African turquoise or moss zebra jasper with jade and agate beads or gold sandstone with golden branch sea coral, and copper. Judith believes jewelry is a form of art that people can wear close and change according to their own creative feelings.

Cheryl Benus hand builds and carves faces out of clay creating masks that vary in form and contain many design elements including organic and geometric motifs. Her masks, sculptures and vessels with faces in them present imagined identities and personalities.

Mary Crow creates ceramics using both handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. She then embellishes and enhances her artwork with stamping, sgraffito and wax to create layers of pattern and design to intrigue the viewer.

Asia Mathis builds whimsical and intriguing sculptures with clay and mixed media which express both feeling and mood. Original poetry is inscribed in each piece centering around the human search for authenticity and environmental issues.

Martha Christian weaves lovely tapestries in wool yarns with linen warp. Intrigued by abstract art, she extracts forms from nature to create new patterns that suggest rather than represent their origin which results in intriguing innovative designs of beauty and color.

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 August 16 – September 26 with an opening reception Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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,