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Bee Aware, An Exhibit About Bees at Centennial Art Center


Bee Love oil painting

Centennial Art Center Gallery presents Bee Aware, An Exhibit About Bees.  The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Friday, August 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Several celebrated local artists will display a beautiful variety of artwork that celebrates both the natural beauty and importance of BEES in our environment.

Centennial Park is now home to several beehives maintained by the Nashville Area Beekeeper Association (NABA). NABA will provide informational pamphlets for people interested in learning more about bees. A portion of gallery sales will be donated to support the efforts of NABA by Creative Parks Nashville (CPN), a 501(c)(3) organization supporting Metro Parks Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Special Events Divisions.

High-fired ceramic plate

The Bee Aware exhibit showcases artwork by Kim Barrick (painting), Becca Floyd (ceramics), Elizabeth Foster (painting), Randy Purcell (ink transfers on beeswax), Keri Ann Lawrence (sculpture), Trevor Mikula (painting) and Charlie Hunt (stone sculpture).

Kim Barrick paints wildlife, landscapes and still life paintings that capture the beauty and delight of the moment. Infused with light and color, her oil paintings combine fresh lively brushwork with thoughtful compositions of representational and abstracted forms guiding the viewer into the secret world of her very own making.

Becca Floyd creates beautiful functional, high-fired stoneware. She uses subtle texture and neutral tones to create highly decorative artwork that invites quiet contemplation and inspection. Becca’s lovely ceramic pieces often include animal motifs with playful, delicately carved reliefs, effigies or sculpted handles.

Keri Ann Lawrence raised honeybees as a child and has a passion for these unique and beautiful creatures.  Her sculptures express the natural beauty and wonder of the honeybee, its hive, and beekeeping culture. Keri incorporates with simple materials, heavy textures and neutral tones in a spontaneous and instinctive style to portray her subjects as they are – wild and free.  She hopes her artwork will serve to enlighten others about these wondrous creatures.


Elizabeth Foster turns the everyday world into a modern folk tale through narrative imagery. Her acrylic paintings and sculptures are filled with whimsical animals or bees which captivate the imagination.  Often, these anthropomorphic creatures portray depictions of real life in unfolding stories of struggle, triumph and contemplation.

stone sculpture

Randy Purcell transfers ink into beeswax to create mixed-media paintings from recycled magazine pages. He uses the visual texture from the magazine to make complex, colorful images of stunning beauty. Randy is fascinated with art’s impact on memory, not just the ability to recreate the mind’s image of a thing, but its significance to the observer. His bee paintings combine intricate details with areas left to chance that not only recreate the image but lend significance to the observer.

Trevor Mikula paints in a whimsical, yet sophisticated style that brings a smile to any face. Inspired by people animals and objects around him, Trevor uses thick paint and a pallet knife to create contemporary art that is playful, colorful and just plain fun. His work is highly sought after for its fresh approach and unique style.

Charile Hunt is a third-generation stone carver who works in the family business creating memorials. Charlie sculpts granite, limestone, and marble as well as drift wood. He creates organic images and forms inspired by nature.

This exhibit promises a visual treat for gallery guests. Bee Aware, An Exhibit About Bees will be on display August 14-September 23, 2020. Gallery visitors are required to wear masks during the Covid-19 phases.

Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call Centennial Art Center at 615-862-8442, visit online: or find them on facebook.

Bee paintings by Trevor Mikula